TCPM 2017 – Tracking the Creative Process in Music

Tracking the Creative Process in Music

International conference, 4th edition

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

September 14-16th, 2017


  1. Argument

The TCPM international conference brings together researchers interested in artistic creativityand the study of processes of musical and sound creation of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of disciplines (history, music analysis, psychology, philosophy, cognitive science, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, dance, theatre, film, amongst others) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in the last thirty years in their respective areas from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each approach contributes in its own way to the advancement of our understanding of the procedures, techniques, knowledge and know-how employed by musicians involved in creative projects.

Following the epistemological paradigm shifts that musicology underwent at the end of the last century, the notion of ‘creative process’ has been enriched. Sketch studies have extended their scope beyond notated works of art music. Today this field includes all contemporary musical repertories as well as the oral, technological and collaborative dimensions of the creative process in music. There is growing interest, for example, in the function of improvisation and of gesture in the creative process, in the collective and collaborative dimensions of artistic work, in the redefinition of the roles of the composer and the performer, or in the art of studio production and in the strategies of documentation, transmission and future performance of works involving technology. The complexity and the multidimensionality of this field of study require new analytical tools and new research methods at the crossroads of analytical musicology, the social science and humanities and other academic disciplines.

This broadening of the field also provides a new context for the study of works and composers from the Western musical canon. Whether based on historical archives or on the collection of empirical data, studies of the creative process in music share many of the same methodological requirements, descriptive vocabulary and models of creative action. This conference therefore aims to be a forum in which the most recent findings from a broad range of research agendas can be presented, discussed, and assembled.

  1. Call For Contributions

Each conference contribution proposal must include the following elements:

1) The first and last name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es) of the presenter(s);

2) The title of the proposed conference contribution;

3) The preferred format(s) for the proposed conference contribution, amongst:

– Talk (20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers and changeover);

– Talk session (3 distinct talks under a common topic). Each talk must be submitted as a standard contribution, specifying “talk session” and the session title as preferred format;

– Poster presentation (poster displayed during the whole conference, with 10 minute oral presentation during a dedicated poster session);

– Workshop (30-minute practice-based presentation followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers);

Please note that the organisers will decide on the final contribution format according to the nature and number of accepted contributions.

4) An abstract of 400 to 500 words, presenting the subject, the theories and models of the creative processes described in the talk, the goals, the data and sources, the methodology used and the results of the study;

5) A personal or project website (optional).

The proposals must be submitted as a Word document attachment to later than December 2nd, 2016, 23h59 UTC. They will be evaluated and reviewed by the scientific committee of the conference, composed of specialists from different areas of expertise and international institutions. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by February 24th, 2017.

  1. Student Bursaries

The TCPM organisers are looking into opportunities to offer bursaries to students to attend the conference. These will be announced on the TCPM website as soon as possible.

  1. Important Dates

Deadline for submission of proposals: December 2nd, 2016 (23h59 UTC)

Notification of acceptance: February 24th, 2017

Revised proposal submission: March 31st, 2017

TCPM conference in Huddersfield: September 14-16th, 2017

Conference banquet at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: September 16th, 2017

  1. Scientific Committee

Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland

Marc Battier, Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne

Georgina Born, University of Oxford

Mark J. Butler, Northwestern University

Eric Clarke, University of Oxford

Karen Collins, University of Waterloo

Nicholas Cook, University of Cambridge

David Cooper, University of Leeds

Jane Davidson, University of Melbourne

Angela Ida De Benedictis, Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel

Valérie Dufour, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Stephanie Jordan, University of Roehampton

Jean-Louis Lebrave, ITEM, Paris

Andreas C. Lehmann, Universität Würzburg

Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Miguel Mera, City University London

Dorothy Miell, University of Edinburgh

Gerhard Nierhaus, IEM, Graz

Jessie Ann Owens, University of California, Davis

Hilary Poriss, Northeastern University

Giorgio Sanguinetti, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Keith Sawyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christine Siegert, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn

Jason Stanyek, University of Oxford

Jean-François Trubert, Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis

Ellen Waterman, Memorial University Newfoundland

  1. Organising Committee

Michael Clarke, CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield

Nicolas Donin, APM, STMS Labs (IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC), Paris

Frédéric Dufeu, CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield

Matthew Sergeant, CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield

  1. Organising Institutions

University of Huddersfield

IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), Paris

  1. Previous TCPM Editions

Videos of the talks at TCPM 2015 in Paris can be accessed online:

Websites of previous editions:

TCPM 2011, Lille:

TCPM 2013, Montreal:

TCPM 2015, Paris:

  1. TCPM 2017 Website

The TCPM 2017 conference website address is