Interactive Keyboard Symposium

The Interactive Keyboard Symposium

Music Department
Goldsmiths University of London

9 – 11 November 2012
November 9th: Royal Music Association Study Day

Open Call

Goldsmiths University of London Music Department will be hosting an international symposium focusing on the research, composition, and performance of live interactive electroacoustic music for piano and other keyboards with specific emphasis on the Disklavier.

Confirmed speakers include:

    Jean-Claude Risset, Directeur de recherche émérite, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Marseille, France)
    Detlef Heusinger, Artistic Director of the Experimental Studio, Freiburg, Germany
    Gerhard Winkler, composer, researcher and head of CRIMMS (Center for Research in Interactive Music and System-Theory, Salzburg, Austria)
    Invited Performer: Rei Nakamura, multi-media solo pianist, Freiburg.

Proposals are invited for individual papers, compositions and performances relevant to the theme of the conference. This includes:

    Use of Piano, Disklavier, and all other keyboard practice, specifically using Live Electronics
    Interactive Practice and Aesthetics
    Generative methods, especially proposals relating to the ‘Live Algorithm’ agenda
    Improvisation specifically using live electronics
    Performance Strategies
    Composer and Performer Collaboration

Submission Guidelines:

All proposals should be sent via email and must include the following:

Author name(s) with email addresses, institutional affiliation, and postal address for each author. A PDF or Word file containing: title and abstract (Maximum: 300 words) attached to the email. You should indicate whether the proposal is for a paper, performance presentation, or a composition/performance, or for both presentation and performance. All proposals should clearly describe the topic of the presentation and illustrate the aims, research questions and significance of the work. Those sending in pieces for performance or presentation should include a SoundCloud/YouTube/DropBox link to their recordings. If there is no recording available please include examples of previous work.

    Submissions should be sent to Tina Krekels:


Submissions will receive an automated acknowledgement. We will confirm acceptance in the mid- to latter half of June, 2012. Papers and practical sessions should last 20 minutes in length allowing 10 minutes for questions or commentary at the end.

The following equipment can be offered for those submitting for performance:

      1 Disklavier Yamaha DS4 Pro*


    *Please avoid consistently loud dynamics as this can wear out the mechanism. Unfortunately works for prepared Disklavier cannot be considered.
      4 Genelec 8050A loudspeakers


    2 AKG 414 Microphones
      C-ducer contact microphone


    Allen and Heath Mixing Desk outputting to 4 loudspeakers

If chosen for performance, composers/performers must provide their own sound cards/interfaces in connecting their computers to the mixing desk.


The Symposium costs £25. £10 will be refunded to members of the RMA and Goldsmiths students who are present during the study day (Friday, 9th November). The fee allows attendance to all presentations and concerts.

Supported by donors of the Goldsmiths’ Annual Fund.

Contact: For information other than about submissions, please write to:
Alistair Zaldua, Department of Music, Goldsmiths University of London at:

Organisers: Alistair Zaldua, Tom Mudd, Tina Krekels, Dr Michael Young and Dr John Drever.