Conference Announcement + Organised Sound Volume 11 issue

Subject: Conference Announcement + Organised Sound Volume 11 issue
From: Ian Chuprun (
Date: Tue Nov 16 2004 - 21:46:01 EST

      Call for papers

Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS) - International Conference

EMS05 - Electroacoustic Music Studies. A century of innovation involving
sound and technology - Resources, Discourse, Analytical Tools

      Scientific Committee



Philippe DEPALLE (McGill University)
Leigh LANDY (MTI ? De Montfort University)
Stephen McADAMS (CIRMMT/ McGill University)
Rosemary MOUNTAIN (Hexagram/Concordia)
Marcelo M. WANDERLEY (CIRMMT/ McGill University)
Time and place: 19-22 October, 2005 ? Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The EMS conference is organized every two years through the initiative
of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, an international team
which aims to encourage reflection on the better understanding of
electroacoustic music and its genesis, appearance and development over
the span of a century. The organizers are all engaged in the key areas
of debate and actively seeking the development of solutions.
The first conference, in October 2003, was a result of the initiatives
of De Montfort University (UK), the University of Paris-Sorbonne
(France), and INA/GRM (France). It took place at the Georges-Pompidou
Centre in Paris, within the auspices of IRCAM?s Résonances 2003
festival. Selected papers were published in issue 9/1 of Organised Sound.

    Organization of the EMS-05 conference

Concordia University (Canada)
De Montfort University (G-B)
Electronic Music Foundation (USA)
INA/GRM (France)
McGill University and CIRMMT (Canada)
Université de Montréal (Canada)
Université de Paris-Sorbonne (France)

Electroacoustic Music Studies Network
MTI (Leigh Landy, ElectroAcoustic Resource Site, MTI Research Group, De
Montfort University)
INA/GRM (Daniel Teruggi)
MINT (Marc Battier, Musicologie, informatique et nouvelles technologies,
OMF), Université de Paris-Sorbonne

The special theme of EMS-05 is:

Electroacoustic Music Studies ? Sound in Multimedia Contexts

>From the advent of the first electric instruments, the phonograph,
radio, telephone, and subsequent electronic and digital inventions, the
approaches to technologies relevant to the art of sound have been
limited only by the imagination of the musician. In recent years, there
seems to have been a proliferation of studies
relating to music incorporating these technologies However, the
investigation of such a varied musical repertoire raises a number of
issues that the EMS conferences wish to examine. The themes of the
conference therefore emphasize questions of resources, discourse, and
analytical tools relevant to electroacoustic musics.

1) Sources and resources

- What types of materials are being or should be documented?
- How does one create, expand, preserve and offer access to collections?
- What opportunities exist for exchange and collaboration?
- How can we help make the electroacoustic music repertoire more accessible?

2) Discourse / analysis of electroacoustic musics

- What types of discourse are relevant to electroacoustic works?
- Which forms of representation and which approaches to analysis are useful?
   - Which analytical methods are currently being developed?
- How can one adapt existent analytical methods of music to
electroacoustic works,

many of which involve no prescriptive notation?

- How can we further develop the field of study of electroacoustic musics?

3) Analytical tools

- How are analytical tools being produced and disseminated in the community?
- What means are available for communicating the sonic form through
symbolic and graphic representations?
- Does the study of electroacoustic musics require specifically-designed
tools or can it take advantage of methods conceived for other musics?
4) Taxonomy, terminology, and aesthetic diversity

- What systems of classification are in use or should be developed?
- How can we become more consistent in our use of terminology in a field
as dynamic as electroacoustic music?
- Are there aesthetic questions that are specific to electroacoustic music?

Format for presentations:

      Spoken presentations

Proposals for spoken presentations should be submitted in the form of an
extended abstract (minimum 2 pages) accompanied by a detailed C.V. and
list of publications. The abstract should be ready for publication if
the proposal is accepted. The duration of each paper will be 30 minutes
(not including the question period). The papers may be given in English
or French It is anticipated that simultaneous translation will be
provided. Multimedia support will be provided in the form of video
projector (for laptops), overhead projector, CD player, and sound system.

A programme containing the paper abstracts will be distributed.


Proposals for poster sessions are also invited; selected posters will be
presented in the conference area at McGill University. The deadline for
poster proposal submissions is the same as that for paper submissions.


19 October, 2005 ? Opening of EMS-05 at the University of Montreal
20-22 October, 2005 ? Conference sessions (McGill University) and
concerts (Concordia University)

      Guidelines for submissions

Deadline for receipt of proposals (abstracts and CVs of contributors):
Tuesday March 1, 2005
Submissions are to be made electronically. Send abstract (in French or
English, 2 pages maximum) + 1 detailed CV + a list of publications to
the following e-mail address:
<> . Please ensure that your name,
   institutional / organizational
affiliation (if any), contact address, telephone, and preferred e-mail
address are included on the abstract.

If your proposal is accepted, you will need to submit a brief 15-line
biographical note to insert into the conference programme.


A selection of the papers will be published in Organised Sound
(Cambridge University Press) in 2006.

      EMS-05 Website

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