Symposium on Electronic and Computer Music, EMSAR 2013

Including an evening concert celebrating the 80th birthday of electronic music pioneer Dr Peter Zinovieff

Saturday 11 May 2013

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Call for papers deadline extended to 4 March 2013

Confirmed invited speakers include: Prof Monty Adkins (University of Huddersfield), Dr Till Bovermann (Media Lab Helsinki), Prof Simon Emmerson (De Montfort University), Dr Mick Grierson (Goldsmiths), Prof Peter Manning (Durham University), Dr James Mooney (University of Leeds) and Dr Peter Zinovieff.

Electronic and computer music relies on the materiality of its associated hardware and equipment variously for its realisation, transmission, storage and restoration. Archives of contemporary music, for example, tend still to focus on traditional musical manuscripts over the increasing number of other forms of possible musical representations. Musicologists, composers and technologists working in the fields of electronic and computer music arguably are faced with a much more complex situation regarding the archiving and representation of this music compared to those dealing solely with musical manuscripts. This one day symposium will focus on these issues and related issues from a variety of perspectives, especially related to the material traces of this music: scores, and other objects and physical representations of storage and transmission, hardware—real or virtual. In doing so, we examine the possible futures of electronic and computer music of the past and present from the perspectives of musicologist, archivist, music technologist, composer and performer.

The symposium concludes with an evening concert celebrating the 80th birthday of electronic music pioneer Dr Peter Zinovieff, co-founder in the late 1960s of Electronic Music Studios, London, and collaborator with such composers as Harrison Birtwistle and Hans Werne Henze. Zinovieff is now enjoying a blossoming of compositional activity and this concert will include examples of both his early work, as well as his most recent work in computer music.

Papers are welcome around, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • The materiality of early electronic, tape and computer music
  • Restoration and archiving of music involving technology
  • Modes of representation of electronic and computer music (objects, scores, code…)
  • Constraints, affordances and the idiomatic in electronic, tape and computer music
  • The DIY aesthetic in electronic music hardware of the 20th century
  • Hardware and virtual hardware for electronic music (re)creation
  • Collaborations between composers and music technologists in the 20th Century
  • Electronic Music Studios (EMS) hardware for 21st Century electronic music performance
  • Spatialisation techniques in early tape, electronic and computer music
  • Music technology hardware as a bridge between modernist and popular music

Proposals for 20 minute papers in English should be submitted in the form of an abstract of maximum 300 words.

Proposals for panel sessions of 60 minutes with up to four participants may also be submitted in the form of individual abstracts, or an extended panel abstract of maximum 750 words.

All proposals should include, for each participant:

  • Full title of proposed paper (or panel session)
  • Title, name and institutional affiliation (as relevant)
  • Email and postal address and telephone number
  • Short biography (maximum 250 words)
  • Short list of recent publications, conference papers or other events as relevant
  • A full list of audiovisual and other requirements (e.g. data projector, CD/DVD player, 2 or 4-channel audio, piano, EMS Synthi VCS3)

Proposals should be sent as a combined single email attachment to:

Subject line: EMSAR 2013

Plain text is preferred for abstracts (html, md, txt), but rtf, doc, and docx are also acceptable.

The revised deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday 4 March 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent to applicants by the end of March at the latest.

Please contact Dr Tom Hall for more information.

Registration details will be available on the conference website in March.

Conference Website:

EMSAR 2013 is organised by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), and the Digital Performing Laboratory, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Anglia Ruskin University
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