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[CALL / NIME community] Symposium on Music and Unconventional Computing

1st AISB Symposium on Music and Unconventional Computing
Part of: AISB Annual Convention 2013

University of Exeter, UK
April 2nd-5th 2013

The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).

Prof Eduardo Miranda
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)
Plymouth University, UK.
eduardo DOT miranda AT

Prof Andy Adamatzky,
Unconventional Computing Centre
University of the West of England, UK.
andrew DOT adamatzky AT

Programme Committee:
Alexis Kirke, University of Plymouth, UK
Christof Teuscher, Portland State University, USA
Cristian S. Calude, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Duncan Williams, University of Plymouth, UK
Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia
Jonathan W. Mills, Indiana University, USA
Martyn Amos, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Peter Beyls, St Lukas University College of Art and Design, Belgium
Susan Stepney, University of York, UK
Tim Blackwell, Goldsmith College, UK
Vladimir Privman, Clarkson University, USA

Research into unconventional, or nature-inspired, computing aims to uncover novel principles of efficient information processing and computation in physical, chemical and biological systems, to develop novel non-standard algorithms and computing architectures, and also to implement conventional algorithms in non-silicon, or wet, substrates. Computers have been programmed to produce sounds as early as the beginning of the 1950Õs. Nowadays, the computer is ubiquitous in many aspects of music, ranging from software for musical composition and production, to systems for distribution of music on the Internet. Therefore, it is likely that future developments in Computer Science will have an impact in music technology.

This workshop will discuss ways in which unconventional modes of computation may provide new directions for future developments in Computer Music.

Since this is an emerging field, the organizers do not wish to prescribe a limited topic of interest. We welcome proposals addressing questions such as:

* How can we make music with unconventional modes of computation?

* Is there any advantage of using unconventional computation (UC) in music as opposed to conventional von Neumann-based architectures?

* Are there any particular musical problems that could be performed with UC better than with conventional computers?

* Can we go beyond mere application of UC in music and build a musical machine that would be able to perform actual computations?

* Would the above machine be useful for applications other than music?

* What might the field UC benefit from using music as a domain for research into new modes of computations?

* What would musicians gain from gaining a better understanding of UC?

Based on existing works on music and UC, we would expect to see papers on topic such as:

* Sonification or musification of non-standard computation(s)
* Cellular automata music and sound
* Parallelism and highly distributed processing
* Music technology using in vitro neural networks
* BCI for using EEG as non-linear processor
* Chemical computing
* Subatomic musical instruments
* Making music with interactive nonlinear media
* Physarum polycephalum
* Harnessing the non-algorithmic openness of physical systems
* Wetware-silicon interfacing

There will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the convention.

Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia.

Selected papers from the symposium will be published in the International Journal of Unconventional Computing.

Subject to a sufficient number of high-quality papers submitted we might publish collection of extended papers as a book in Springer Series on Emergence, Complexity and Computation.

Deadline: Midnight, UK time, of 14th January 2013
Notification of acceptance: 11th February 2013
Final versions for inclusion in proceedings: 4th March 2013.
Please send your paper attached to an email to the chairs.
If the file is larger than 5MB please send a link for downloading.
See also:

Please follow the guidelines of the International Journal of Unconventional Computing to format your paper. There is no page limit, but it is highly recommended that papers should not exceed 4,000 words.