Principles of Music Composing: ratio versus intuitio

17th International Music Theory Conference

November 8th – 10th 2017

Vilnius, Lithuania

The aim of the annual conference ‘Principles of Music Composing’ is to foster theoretical thought that is essential for compositional practice and education of composers. Sixteen conferences of this series have already been held in Vilnius. The 17th conference draws attention to the phenomena of rationality and intuition, which are considered to be contrasting yet complementary poles in the compositional process. Intuition often alters the realization of rational scheme, model or archetype chosen by the composer. Meanwhile rational revision may improve intuitive improvisation, sonorous vision, or the artistic idea.

The topic of the conference could be divided into suggested subtopics:

  1. Rational processes of composition and aural intuition (theoretical insights, definition, conceptions, typology)
  2. Musical work as the result of rational and intuitive creative activity (theoretical, historical and aesthetical aspects)
  3. Adaptation of interdisciplinary ideas in the compositional practice based on rational and intuitive origin
  4. Rational and intuitive qualities in new musical resources and techniques (sonorism, microchromatics, extended techniques, aleatory, electronics, etc.)
  5. ‘Rational’ and ‘Intuitive’ composers: features of their works and the creative process
  6. Phenomena of rationality and intuition in the contemporary compositional practice
  7. Lithuanian composers: between rationality and intuition

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email pmc@lmta.lt . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes.

 The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 20th 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the beginning of September 2017.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal ‘Principles of Music Composing’.

pmc.lmta.lt 

International conference for PhD students

International conference for PhD students

 “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects”

 Thessaloniki, 9 – 11 February 2018

 The Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia will host, under the auspices of the Hellenic Musicological Society, an international conference for PhD students entitled “Musicology (in)action: Past musics, present practices, future prospects” in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 9 to 11 of February 2018.

 

Call for papers

In recent years, musicology has tested its boundaries, objects of study, and, indeed, prospected future through the constant questioning of its subfields, themes, and methodological underpinnings. At the same time, this interrogative process has also been one of constant development of new, often interdisciplinary methodological approaches, frequently extending their grasp on new or hitherto neglected musical repertoires. It is this ambiguous state of conditions that the novice in the field of musicological research faces in her/his everyday effort to situate her/his own research within a constantly changing disciplinary environment. This conference aims to bring together fresh ideas of new researchers in an attempt to help them secure their position with respect to the ongoing discourse of musicology’s saga and with an eye to the future prospects of the field.

 

We welcome proposals of PhD students for 20-minute paper presentations or 40- to 80-minute panel presentations (of up to four participants), addressing a variety of old and new(er) research topics from the broad field of musicology (e.g. historical and cultural musicology, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology and musical anthropology, music psychology, computational musicology, music philosophy and aesthetics). Proposals on topics that cross the strict intra- or inter-disciplinary boundaries of musicology are also welcomed.

Proposals and inquiries should be submitted to the following email address:

conf.phd.2018@gmail.com

 

Proposals for paper presentations should include:

– name of participant(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

– abstract (up to 300 words)

– brief CV (up to 100 words)

 

Proposals for panel presentations should include:

– name of participants and institutional affiliations

– general abstract of proposed panel presentation (up to 300 words)

– individual abstract of each participant’s presentation (up to 300 words)

– brief CV of each participant (up to 100 words)

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: 30 May 2017

NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL: No later than 15 July 2017

PARTICIPATION FEE: PhD students: 50 euros, undergraduate and master’s students: 30 euros

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: English

For more information on the reviewing committee, the venue of the conference, etc. please visit the conference’s website (which is under construction):

http://conferences.lib.auth.gr/ICMDR/index/index

 

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Chardas Konstantinos

Nika-Sampson Evanthia

Pastiadis Konstantinos

Vouvaris Petros

 

COORDINTAING COMMITTEE

Kalaitzidou Stamatia

Spanoudakis Dimosthenis

Toumanidou Katerina

Trouka Dimitra

Zlatkou Vasiliki

 

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Apostolou Andreas Foivos

Authentopoulou Despoina

Banteka Dimitra

Diminakis Nikos

Karamanidis Charalampos

Nikolaidis Nikos

Ntousiopoulou Antigoni

Ntovas Christos

Pouris Christos

Roumpi Antonia

Savvidou Charoula

Scarlatou Chrysa

Seglias Zisis

Sidiropoulou Christina

Sotiriadis Theophilos

Tasoudis Dimitris

Language, Music, and Computing

Second International Workshop on Language, Music, and Computing

http://lmac.hf-guap.ru/ENG/index.html

Aims of the workshop: to encourage interdisciplinary communication and collaboration of linguists, musicians and IT-specialists in the sphere of some actual problems, among which are the following:
1. Language and music acquisition; influence of music skills on language acquisition and language processing; influence of linguistic skills on music acquisition; relationship between music and language training.
2. Linguistic and music knowledge, their structure and functioning; explicit and implicit knowledge of music and language; similarities and differences in understanding of music and language.
3. Automatic classification of linguistic and music knowledge; formal models of linguistic and music knowledge; musical information retrieval vs. linguistic information retrieval.

This year special topics of the workshop are:
– Formal representation of language and music: differences and similarities
– Sound corpora in music and linguistics

Keynote speakers:
Sabine Iatridou, USA
Sergi Jordà, Spain
Merryl Goldberg, USA
Elena Riekhakainen, Russia

Languages of the conference:
Russian & English (some sessions will be simultaneously translated)

Submission process:

Abstracts from different fields are warmly invited. Presentations will last 20 minutes, followed by a ten minute discussion. Abstracts should be submitted before November 27, 2016. Notification of acceptance follows on January 20, 2017. Abstracts should be 450-500 words long (without any subheadings) and clearly present a research question/aim, critical review of the literature, methodology, results and conclusions. Abstracts should be submitted as a pdf. If you wish to include any specific symbols (such as phonetic transcription), please submit your paper both in DOC and PDF format. We have the intention to select papers for a peer-reviewed special issue.
Please send each abstract both in anonymized and unanonymized forms (with author(s) and affiliation) to the following address: al@hf-guap.ru

Registration fee (includes program, coffee-breaks, post-conference publication, visa support (if needed)):
Early-bird fee (before March 15, 2017) – 2500 rubles, or 45 euros; students – 1000 rubles, or 20 euros;
regular fee (after March 15, 2017) – 3000 rubles, or 55 euros; students – 1500 rubles, or 35 euros.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: November 27, 2016
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2017
Registration starts: February 1, 2017
Early-bird registration ends: March 15, 2017
Workshop: April 17-19, 2017
Final papers: June 1, 2017
Results of the revision process: July 25, 2017
Publication – Fall 2017

Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe: Interdisciplinary Challenges

 

7th UFRJ INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MUSICOLOGY

& II MEETING OF THE BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS

“Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe: Interdisciplinary Challenges”

 

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Rio de Janeiro, October 24–27, 2016

 

The VII SIM_UFRJ “Music in the Ibero-Afro-American Universe” proposes to approach this theme in broad scope of diverse cultural traditions, contexts and historical times, and of special interest to the II TeMA_Meeting is to promote de debate on the “Interdisciplinary challenges between Musicologies and Analytical Theories: Dialogues, Frontiers, and Intersections.” Discussion issues: issues and trends in the Ibero-Afro-American musicologies; musicologies and analytical theories: dialogues, frontiers, and intersections; critical and analytical theories and methods in the disciplinary knowledge; the field of music and the challenges of intra-, inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinarity; analytical theories and interculturalities; identity and otherness, representation and cultural translation; interdisciplinary studies: music, film, visual arts, theatre, literature, philosophy, history, sociology, and cultural anthropology, cultural dialogues, circulation, transfer, reception, and appropriation of ideas, repertories, aesthetics, styles, techniques, musical practices and ideologies; heritage and collections; musics of written, oral, performing traditions; culture, society and politics; institutional, scientific, artistic, and cultural policies.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission deadline: September 5, 2016

Notification to successful applicants: September 20, 2016

Submission of the full version of the paper for publication in the Proceedings: November 30, 2016

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Proposals (abstract 300-500 words, and short bio) may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English, and submitted as attached file (*.doc or *.rtf), indicating the preferred attendance to each conference: SIM-UFRJ to the e-mail sim@musica.ufrj.br or TeMA_Meeting to the e-mail diretoria@tema.mus.br. In case the proposal fits the full scope of the joint conference, it must be sent simultaneously to both e-mails.

 

Program Committee Chairs

Maria Alice Volpe volpe@musica.ufrj.br

Ilza Nogueira nogueira.ilza@gmail.com

 

More info: http://www.musica.ufrj.br/ and http://tema.mus.br/.

Also https://www.facebook.com/events/675180942635190/

György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017

György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017

February 10–11th, 2017

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

INVITATION

The DocMus Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, invites performers, composers, researchers and students to take part in the conference György Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017, organized in collaboration with the contemporary music festival Musica nova Helsinki 2017.

Themes and topics

The symposium concentrates on the following themes, but proposals on other aspects of Ligeti´s music are also welcome. Alongside scholarly presentations, the organizing committee encourages performers to submit proposals on lecture recitals.

• Issues of performance

• Music-analytical and stylistic approaches

• Ligeti´s influence on music of our time

In addition to scholarly presentations and lecture recitals, the symposium will also feature concerts as part of its varied program , including performances of Ligeti´s Piano Etudes and music influenced by Ligeti.

Invited keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jonathan W. Bernard
Composer Lukas Ligeti
Prof. Fredrik Ullén

The proposals

Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion), lecture recitals (max. 40 minutes), posters and panels (60 minutes) should be sent as abstracts (max 500 words) to ligeti2017@uniarts.fi with full contact information for each author. Along with scholarly proposals, abstracts representing practice-based research (‘artistic research’) are welcome.
The DL for proposals is September 15th 2016. The accepted proposals will be announced on October 1st 2016.

The conference language, as well as the language for the abstracts, is English. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 30th 2016. Authors will be contacted by November 30th 2016 with the acceptance decisions.
Conference abstracts for Ligeti Symposium Helsinki 2017 will be published in advance on the conference website and in print. This will serve as a symposium programme, while also providing background information about the participants and their research topics. The applicants are therefore encouraged to include written comments discussing how their artistic and other research work support each other and towards which common goal they are directed.
The proposal must be accompanied by
– Cover sheet listing the name, affiliation, area of specialty, and email for each proposer, along with the proposal title and format.
– Abstract of max.500 words describing the content of the paper, lecture recital, poster, workshop, panel or other sessions of unusual format.
– Detailed program of the lecture recital: composers, work titles, composition years, opus numbers)
– Recording of the proposer’s performance of at least one work to be presented as part of a lecture recital
– Curriculum vitae and contact information
– Equipment needed for performances and presentations (all instruments, data projectors, etc.)
Symposium fee: 80 euros
Organizing Committee:

Professor Lauri Suurpää (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Professor Veli-Matti Puumala (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
University lecturer, DMus Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson
Adjunct professor Alfonso Padilla (Helsinki University)
Coordinator of Doctoral Studies, DMus Markus Kuikka, (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Elisa Järvi, DMus (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
Mikko Missi M.A., producer

Contact:

DMus Markus Kuikka
markus.kuikka@uniarts.fi
Ligeti2017@uniarts.fi
http://www.uniarts.fi/ligeti2017

International Conference of Young Musicologists. Young Musicology Today: tendencies, challenges and perspectives

The aim of the conference is to integrate the musicological community through the creation of an international forum for exchanging ideas and research experiences. We encourage young musicologists to present results from ongoing studies and to engage in discussion on the future of musicology, its role and place in the contemporary culture. Currently, musicology, which is not only the study of music, is starting to perform social functions, becoming not only a field of scientific inquiry but one of use to society. During the conference, we would like to consider new avenues of research, new methodologies of musicologists’ work, and the challenges and career prospects faced by musicologists entering the labour market. It will also be an opportunity to consider the subject areas of interest to young musicology.

Subject areas for consideration include

  • New research perspectives in musicology
  • Music versus other arts
  • Music in the public space (sonosphere research)
  • Music in society (music and ideologies)
  • Music and the sacred
  • Music and science (e.g. psychology of music)
  • Challenges of modern ethnomusicology
  • The state and the form of contemporary music criticism
  • Source studies and music editing
  • Music librarianship – issues and challenges
  • Performance practice
  • Theory of music
  • Music and pop culture
  • Opera nowadays

The conference will incorporate both traditional lectures and panel discussions, during which groups of researchers conducting a joint project or studying similar subjects will be able to present the results of their studies or discuss a specific subject. We encourage the participants to organise their own panel sessions during the conference (due to time constraints, we suggest no more than four papers during one session; please indicate the person leading the session during registration).

In addition, the conference programme includes:

  • “A musicologist on the labour market” panel

This will be an opportunity for an in-depth discussion of the current employment situation of musicology graduates in Poland and abroad, and for the presentation of experiences in this area. We encourage participation in this panel session by musicologists – musical life animators, employees of media and cultural and educational associations and institutions etc.

  • Masters’ lectures (plenary speakers)
  • The conference programme includes additional events, such as concerts, sightseeing in Krakow, and exhibitions.

A publication of the collected papers presented at the conference is also planned.

Conference language: English.

Schedule

  • Accepting applications with abstracts – until 31th of May 2016.
  • Information about accepted papers – by 30 June 2016.
  • Conference dates: 7-9 November 2016.

Applications should be made by sending the application form via email to: agnieszka.lakner@doctoral.uj.edu.pl  and musicologytoday@gmail.com

You can find an application form here.

For any further information please feel free to contact: Agnieszka Lakner; agnieszka.lakner@doctoral.uj.edu.pl

Conference fee

Conference fee: 200,00 PLN / 50 €

The fee includes:

Admission to the conference, conference program, publication of the paper in the conference proceedings, lunches and coffee breaks during sessions and conference attractions such as sightseeing and concerts. Registration fee does not include accommodation and transportation. If you wish, Organizers will help you to book an accommodation.

Organizer

Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Department of Musicology

Address: Westerplatte Street 10; 31-033 Kraków, Poland

http://www.muzykologia.uj.edu.pl

 

 

Ludo2016 – Fifth Anniversary Conference on Video Game Music and Sound

We are delighted to announce our Call for Papers for Ludo 2016! Please help circulate our poster online, and around your institutions!

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April 8th–10th, University of Southampton
Fifth Anniversary Conference on
Video Game Music and Sound
Call for Papers

The organizers of Ludo2016 are accepting proposals for research presentations at the fifth annual Easter conference. While we welcome all proposals, we are particularly interested in papers that support the theme of ‘Video Game Audio and History’. Possible topics on this theme include:

  • Factors in the history and development of game audio,
  • The changing relationships between music in games and in other media,
  • Challenges and approaches to game audio historiography,
  • Canonicity and the curation of game audio,
  • Video game music and other music histories.

Presentations should last twenty minutes, to be followed by questions. Please submit your paper proposal (c.200 words) by email to ludomusicology@gmail.com by January 31st 2016.

We also welcome session proposals from organizers representing two to four individuals; the organizer should submit an introduction to the theme and c.200 word proposals for each paper.

Proposals for papers in alternative formats, such as performances or demonstrations, should be discussed with the conference organizers before the abstract is submitted.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Neil Lerner (Davidson College), co-editor of Music in Video Games: Studying Play (Routledge, 2014), and Andrew Barnabas (Bob and Barn), composer of Brink (2011) and MediEvil (1998).

#ludo2016

Hosted by Kevin Donnelly, the Music Department and the Film Department at the University of Southampton.

southampton

Organized by Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, Mark Sweeney.

Musical Cartographies

Musical Cartographies: The Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference, 2016

29-30 January 2016

Harvard University Department of Music
Cambridge, MA

Keynote: Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota)

Call for Proposals

This interdisciplinary conference investigates the relationship between music and the organization of space. Approaching the topic from the perspectives of both scholarly inquiry and creative practice, we will ask how music has been implicated in mappings of physical and conceptual spaces and how spatial mappings have functioned as ways of thinking about musical sound.

Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:

Geography, power, and identity:

  • How have historically and culturally contingent geographical formations conditioned music’s production, dissemination, and reception?
  • How does music intersect with geographically-mediated categories such as race, nation, and ecology?
  • How do issues of diaspora, migration, and stateless peoples complicate the relationships we draw between music and geography?

Representations of sound, time, and musical form:

  • How have music-theoretical models mapped domains such as pitch, timbre, and gesture?
  • How is map-and path- making implicated in music cognition and the phenomenology of listening, and how might models such as cognitive mapping shed light on these processes?
  • How might we think of musical notation and other visual representations of music as forms of cartography?

Practices and technologies:

  • How do scholars and creative practitioners draw and contest disciplinary, aesthetic and conceptual boundaries—for instance, between academic fields, between art forms, or between the “musical” or “extra-musical”?
  • How do composers, performers, and sound artists creatively organize the physical and conceptual spaces in which they work?
  • How have technologies been implicated in mapping musical spaces, and how have new media technologies altered the shape, nature, and limits of such spaces?

Submissions
We welcome submissions from current graduate students exploring these issues from the perspectives of both research and practice. We seek proposals on all repertoires, musical practices, and historical periods from a broad array of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Formats for presentation include:

  • 20-minute papers, audiovisual presentations, or exploratory text works, with 10 minutes for discussion
    Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, up to 4 additional pages for figures. Please add a short statement regarding AV requirements.
  • 30-minute composers’ colloquia, performances, or lecture-recitals, with 15 minutes for discussion
    Please submit details of the work to be presented in a maximum of 350 words and, where appropriate, links to downloads (via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive etc.) of relevant sound recordings, scores, and/or supplementary documentation.

In addition to the above questions, composers and performers might consider:

  • What role does space play in your conceptualization of musical form? In your approach to musical performance?
  • What is mapped during composition or performance? This could include time, coincidence, relationships, physical space, and other parameters.
  • How do you relate in your work to geographical categories such as race, nation, and ecology? Likewise, how do you relate to conceptual boundaries such as those between genres, art forms, or historical periods?
  • How do your creative practices challenge existing ways of mapping musical sound?

Deadline for the proposal: 17 November 2015

Please send submissions to: harvardgmf2016@gmail.com

For more information, please visit: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf2016/home

15th International conference “Principles of Music Composing: Phenomenon of Melody”

This is the15th International Conference “Principles of Music Composing”which will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania during 14-16 October 2015.

This year we are focusing on the phenomenon of melody, as the conference is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of birth of M.K. Čiurlionis, who is renowned for his melodic talent.

Suggested sub-themes:

1. Theoretical conception of the phenomenon of melody:

 a) Differentiation of concepts related to the melody: monody, voice, themes, cantilena, line, horizontal, etc.

b) definition of permanent constants in melody: archetype, structures, functions, communication, etc.

c) analysis of relation between melody and composing principle (compositional entirety), typological schemes

2. Melody in context of European polyphony

3. Differences in paradigms between melody and Eastern monody.

4. Melody in modern compositional practice:

a) new melodic interval relations

b) linearism and verticality

c) melodic rhythm (activation of rhythm)

d) sonorisation of melodic process

5. Melody in the works of contemporary Lithuanian and other Western composers

6. Ethnic melodic features in the works of M.K. Čiurlionis

 

Paper proposals (abstract and short biography) should be submitted to Mr. Andrius Maslekovas via email a.maslekovas@yahoo.com . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. Duration of The presentation will be limited to 20-25 minutes.

The deadline for proposal submission is 16 August 2015 . The proposals will be reviewed by the scientific committee and all applicants will be notified about the outcome by the end of July 2015.

The main languageof the conference is English.

The material of conference will be published.

For more information please contact the coordinator of the conference Mr.Andrius Maslekovas a.maslekovas@yahoo.com  

http://pmc.lmta.lt/EN

2nd International Students’ Scientific Conference: The Sound Ambiguity

Dear colleagues,

the Research Association of Composition and Music Theory Students at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław is honored to invite you to

 2nd International Students’ Scientific Conference

The Sound Ambiguity

which will take place on April 23rd – 24th, 2015 at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław under the honorary patronage of the Rector, prof. dr hab. Krystian Kiełb.

The previous edition of the Conference aroused interest of many young researchers from Poland and other countries, including the United Kingdom, Belgium and Bulgaria. The Sound Ambiguity remains the theme of the forthcoming meeting.

Sound can be found almost everywhere. It has been interpreted in various ways in the literature on the subject. Regardless of researchers’ methodological attitudes, everyone writing on the matter agrees with the fact that it is a phenomenon that raises a lot of questions: what can be described as sound? What makes up its essence? Can it express anything? Is it possible to record it or write it down? How does sound affect humans? The aim of this year’s conference is to take up the discussion about the ambiguity of sound in the field of music, as well as in a wider context: in language, culture, technology and other disciplines.

The Conference is aimed at music theory and musicology students, as well as students from other scientific disciplines. The participation in the Conference is free of charge. The organisers are prepared to offer participants assistance in finding and booking affordable accommodation near the Academy of Music in Wrocław. The organisers do not cover the costs of transportation or accommodation.

Individuals interested in taking part in the Conference are asked to submit an application form (available at ambiguity.amuz.wroc.pl) by no later than February 10th, 2015. Please send the applications to kolo1@amuz.wroc.pl.

Participants must be aware that the presentation is not to exceed 20 minutes. The paper may be delivered either in English or in Polish. The organisers reserve the right to accept only a selection of the submitted papers. A submission is considered tantamount to permission for the publication of its abstract at ambiguity.amuz.wroc.pl, in the event that the submission is accepted.

Accompanying events are also planned to enhance the Conference – a concert of contemporary music, an exhibition of fine arts and special events relating to the soundscape of Wrocław.

We hope the subject of this Conference will be inspiring to students of music theory, musicology, and to students of other scientific disciplines. We believe that our initiative will help promote the integration of artistic and scientific students’ communities.

 

The Research Association of Composition and Music Theory Students

The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland