Sound & Music Computing Conference and Summer School
For several years this was the official website for the Sound & Music Computing Conference and Summer School.
Content is from the site's archived pages offering a glimpse of what this site offered persons interested in attending the conference and summer school.
To learn more about SMC go to the Portal of the Sound and Music Computing Research Community at http://smcnetwork.org/.
An aside: My daughter is planning on attending the 2018 summer school followed by the conference which is being held in Cyprus. The main theme of the conference will focus on the ability of sound and music to cross boundaries, to eliminate borderlines and overcome physical and digital limitations. As with all the previous conferences the theme evokes the rich cultural landscape and soundscape of the city / country in which the conference is held. In this case it will be Cyprus, a country predominantly made up of Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities divided by a military border. I admit I am a bit concerned about the location because of the country's political problems. The information on the conference says: Cyprus enjoys a dynamic and complex cultural and sonic unification not only through the resonances and overtones of these two strong ethnic communities but also through those of several other nationalities inhabiting the island. OK.
My daughter expressed a lot of interested in music growing up and was always creating what she called her sound palettes. I'm not sure where she got this passion for sound. Certainly not from me. I work in the procurement department of an e commerce site that sells janitorial supplies. Cleaning products, mops and buckets, garbage liner bags, bulk paper towels fill my days. Although I must admit she has used the "sound" of pouring cleaning fluids into buckets, the crumple of plastic garbage bags, and the swish of mops in some of her work. Perhaps I have helped contribute in some small way.
She received her masters in Sound and Music Computing at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. She learned about sound processing, music perception and music cognition as well as statistical analysis and pattern recognition. In her 2nd semester, she choose research in music information retrieval. She loved her courses in real-time interaction and real time performance and analysis of sound and music signals. So wanting to attend the Sound & Music Computing Conference and Summer School was a no brainer as far as she is concerned. I plan to take my vacation on Cyprus the following week after the conference so we can spend some time together before she starts work at IO Interactive, an independent Danish video game developer based in Copenhagen. Now that sounds like fun.
Sound & Music Computing Conference and Summer School
Sound & Music Computing associates an international conference and a summer school. It aims at promoting exchanges between European countries around topics related to sound and music computing, and to give them an international dimension.
The Sound & Music Computing conference and summer school are supervised by the SMC Steering Committee, including representatives from several European countries. The countries currently represented are:
|France||Association Française d'Informatique Musicale]|
|Italy||Associazione Italiana di Informatica Musicale]|
|Germany||[ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik]|
|Greece||Hellenic Association of Music Informatics]|
|Spain||Sociedad(e) Ibérica de TEcnología MUsical]|
The Sound & Music Computing Summer School originates from the S2S² EU project and from the SMC Network.
Hosting the SMC Conference and Summer School
If you would like to organize a future edition of SMC, please browse the guidelines (also available for download) and contact the steering committee. Documents are available to organizers.
SMC 2016 will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from August 31 to September 3 2016.
The Summer School will take place from August 26 to 30.
SMC 2016 is organized by the Hamburg University of Music and Theater, in collaboration with the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the University of Hamburg: UHH, the DEGEM and VAMH
Past SMC Conferences
organized by the Music Technology Group, Departments of Music and Computer Science, Maynooth University - Maynooth - Ireland
organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Music Studies and Department of Informatics and Telecommunications), the Onassis Cultural Center and the Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics - Athens - Greece
organized by the Sound and Music Computing Research Group, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KMH Royal College of Music. - Stockholm - Sweden
organized by the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University. - Copenhagen - Denmark
organized by the Department of Information Engineering (DEI), University of Padova and the Conservatory "Cesare Pollini". - Padova - Italy
organized by the Music Technology Group of UPF & the Sonology Dept. of ESMUC and the Phonos Foundation. - Barcelona - Spain
organized by INESC Porto & the Research Center for Science and Technology in Art of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa & the ESMAE & the Casa da Música - Porto - Portugal
organized by the German Association of Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM) & Audio Communication Group, Technische Universität Berlin - Berlin - Germany
organized by University of Athens & Ionian University - Lefkada - Greece
organized by GMEM - Marseille - France
organized by UniSa - Salerno - Italy
organized by IRCAM - Paris - France
|Proceedings are also available from SMC Network, including an alternate search engine.|
Past SMC Summer Schools
A guide for the organization of
Sound & Music Computing Conference
and Summer School
1 General shape and orientation
SMC stands for Sound and Music Computing. Each word of this name is significant: the conference is intended to promote knowledge about sound, to foster artistic and creation issues in computer music and to explore computing problems that are specific to sound and music.
1.1 The Conference
The SMC conference is intended to be a small conference, accessible and affordable both to organizers (in terms of organization complexity and financial burden) and to participants. It has the ambition to foster a high level scientific quality while developing a unique approach, compared to existing conferences in the sound and music domains. SMC is not a general computer music conference but focuses yearly on specific fields of the domain, with a clear interdisciplinary orientation, with the constant concern of preserving the right balance between science, technology, music (including musicology) and computing. It also encourages communication with other scientific domains when they share similar or connected concerns, in view of the mutual benefit of exchanging different approaches.
1.2 The Summer School
The Sound and Music Computing summer school promotes interdisciplinary education and research in the field of Sound and Music Computing. It is aimed at graduate students working on their Master or PhD thesis, but it is also open to any person carrying out research in this field.
2 General rules
2.1 The conference
- The name of the conference is: Sound and Music Computing Conference ( SMC).
- SMC will be organized at spring or early summer [april to july ].
- SMC official language is english.
- The SMC conference aims at providing a high quality scientific level to a wide open audience. It is thus recommended to keep registration fees affordable and to be vigilant with the review process.
- The call for submissions is defined in agreement with the SMC steering committee. It must be submitted to the steering committee at least 9 months before the conference.
- A maximum length of 10 pages may be imposed on papers. However, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers longer than 8 pages must make a very significant contribution to be accepted. Authors must also be informed of this policy.
- The list of the conference topics includes those of the previous SMC conference. The organizer is free to extend the list or to highlight a specific topic.
- The organizer is free to decide its policy concerning music events (calling for music in the call for submissions, joining existing music events, inviting composers and/or performers).
- The organizer will make the SMC Proceedings available free of charge to each delegate at the beginning of the conference. In case these proceedings are provided in an electronic format, the organizer must include a document equivalent to a printed version, in a platform-independent format (typically as a PDF file). Page numbers and ISBN must be provided for the procedings.
- The recommended conference duration is 3 days. Parallel presentations must be avoided.
- The recommended time slot allocation for the papers presentation is between 20 and 30 minutes ( including 5 mn for questions).
- The organizer undertakes on publishing a web site dedicated to the SMC on the Internet.
- The organizer will receive a mailing list for the conference announcement. This list must be maintained and sent back to the steering committee after the conference.
- Some of the SMC articles may be selected to be published in a scholarly journal . The organizer will take part to the coordination of these papers review and selection, and to the publication of the journal special issue.
2.2 The Summer School
- The name of the summer school is: Sound and Music Computing Summer School ( SMC Summer School).
- SMC Summer School will be organized jointly to the SMC Conference.
- The official language is english.
- It is recommended to keep registration fees affordable.
- The organizer is free to decide its policy concerning the courses content and orientation, provided that it integrates artistic, scientific, and engineering skills.
- The recommended summer school duration is 5 days.
- The organizer undertakes on publishing a web site dedicated to the SMC Summer School on the Internet.
- The call for application is defined in agreement with the SMC steering committee. It must be submitted to the steering committee at least 9 months before the summer school.
3 The Conference Review Process
The review process must be based on full papers. Papers should be solid, self-contained contributions to a research program. They will be rigorously peer-reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing and contribution to conference program diversity. They must contain clear statements of contribution relative to closely-related work and of the significance of this contribution.
Papers will be published in the main conference proceedings. They will be presented by the author(s) at the conference. At least one of the authors must have paid the conference fee in order to have the paper presented and published.
The organizer undertakes on setting up a reading panel and a selection committee. The reading panel includes the members of the steering committee. The reviewers (at least three per paper) express their evaluation of:
- significance of the contribution to the field,
- quality of research,
- quality of writing,
- contribution to the conference program.
The reviewers provide comments to the selection committee to motivate their scores, as well as indications for improvement to the authors. They will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers longer than 8 pages must make a very significant contribution to be accepted.
The organizer must increase the reviewers awareness of the scientific quality issue and of their contribution to this quality, notably with detailed motivated comments.
The organizer will preserve a minimum of 2 months for the review process i.e. between the deadline for submission and the notification of selected papers.
The organizer must inform the reviewers of the final decision concerning the papers they reviewed.
4 SMC web site
The SMC web site must comply to the following rules:
- It must include a link to the SMC conference portail (http://www.smc-conference.org).
- The home page must include the following:
Sound & Music Computing is supervised jointly by several European countries. The countries currently involved are:
France [AFIM - Association Française d'Informatique Musicale] Italy [AIMI - Associazione Italiana di Informatica Musicale] Germany [DEGEM - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik] Greece [HACI - Hellenic Association of Music Informatics] Portugal and Spain [SITEMU - Sociedad(e) Ibérica de TEcnología MUsical]
with the corresponding links:
- In addition and when organized in France, the home page must also include:
SMC is supported by the DMDTS (Direction de la Musique, de la Danse, du Théatre et des Spectacles)
with the corresponding link:
- The Conference section must include a link to the previous SMC conferences.
- The Summer School section must include a link to the previous SMC summer schools.
- The Summer School home page must include the following:
The Sound & Music Computing Summer School originates from the S2S2 EU project and from the SMC Network. It is now supervised by the SMC Conference Steering Committee.
The SMC web site must be submitted to the steering committee before the first call for submissions is issued.
After the conference:
- The papers must be published online in PDF format.
- The whole web site (including source code, graphic resources and associated documents) must be sent to the steering committee in its latest version for public archiving on the SMC portail.
- If the organizer cannot maintain the SMC web site any more, he must inform the steering committee.
5 Application file
Applicants for SMC organization must provide an application file and send it to the steering committee. Before submitting an application file, it is strongly recommended to applicants to attend at least one of the SMC Conferenc, to meet and to discuss with the steering committee members.
The application file must include:
- Conferences and concert organizers.
- Summer School organizers and team.
- Summer School course orientation and content.
- Local context description.
- Proposed dates and duration.
- General SMC setup.
- Main deadlines schedule (call for papers, submissions, applications, notifications, camera ready submissions, program).
- Promotional aspects description (documents, dissemination, announcements, dates, ...).
- Access to the conference and summer school place and accommodation possibilities.
- Conference management system:
- Previous conferences:
- Success tips:
Apart the scientific quality of the presentations, what may attract people is also to meet, discuss and exchange with other researchers. Don't forget to reserve time and to plan events for that. Informal events (like a visit, a diner...) are often more efficient than planned discussions.
Don't hesitate to promote local resources, especially when they're unique to the conference area.