Call for Works: The Musical Metacreation Concert 2018

Held at the Ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2018.

University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, June 25-26, 2018.

Key Dates

April 20th – submission deadline.
May 11th – notification.
June 24th – concert rehearsals and sound checks.
June 25th – MuMe concert.
June 25th-26th – MuMe workshop.
June 26th-29th – International Conference on Computational Creativity.


Creators of musically metacreative systems are invited to submit works for a concert of musical metacreation, as part of the Eighth International Conference on Computational Creativity, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Submitted works can be of any musical style but must involve a performative element and must involve the use of computational creativity techniques in the creation of the work. Examples from previous MuMe concerts include, but are not limited to: reproduction of musical style using machine learning; the evolution of musical structures using interactive genetic algorithms; rule-based systems; systems based on emergence or self-organisation; systems that perform music data mining to create remixes, and so on.
Information on the link for submission, selection committee, musicians, concert venue and available equipment will be made available in a follow-up call for works and all up-to-date information can be found here.

Types of Work

Any work related to MuMe that can be presented in a performance context will be considered. This includes:
– Improvising agents that perform alongside live musicians.
– Automated composition systems that generate music in realtime or pre-compose music for performers, as well as automated DJ systems.
– Systems that use AI methods for other creative objectives, such as harmonising, intelligent looping, or finding suitable matches for a target phrase.
– Systems that generate lyrics.
– Music that uses evolution, emergence or ecosystemic concepts.

Submission Process

Please submit a one page A4-portrait PDF describing your work before the submission deadline. Your submission should:
– Describe the work.
– Explain how the work relates to the MuMe theme.
– Give a relatively detailed technical description of the system*.
– Give detailed performance requirements. As necessary, this may include a stage plan, equipment needs, technical support needs, and performing musicians (you can use additional PDF pages for any supporting items).
– A link to any additional documentary material such as audio or video recordings, or online software (highly recommended).
– Credits and biography (name, affiliation, short biography up to 150 words).
* It is common to receive submissions that are highly ambiguous about what the proposed system actually does. Works will be rejected if this is the case. The description does not need to be highly technically detailed but it should remove any fundamental ambiguity.

Selection Process

Submissions should not be anonymised.

All submissions will be reviewed by three independent members of the selection committee. Once these reviews have been completed the reviewers and the chairs will discuss these works and reviews. The chairs will provide a meta-review, the three original reviews, and a final decision. Reviewers will be anonymous to the authors, but not to each other. The final decision lies with the chairs, in consultation with the committee.

Links, Selection Committee, Equipment, Venue and Musicians Are TBC!

This is the first call for submissions. In the second call we will provide further information including the submission links, names of the selection committee, information on the venue, available equipment and musicians. All up-to-date information will be available on this page.

Upon Acceptance

Artists are required to be in attendance and set up their own equipment. At least one artist must register for the ICCC conference and MuMe workshop.
A schedule for performances, rehearsals and soundchecks will be made available in the week before the concert. Rehearsals and sound checks will be on the Sunday 24th June unless otherwise arranged.

Workshop Organizers

Pr. Arne Eigenfeldt
School for the Contemporary Arts
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dr. Oliver Bown
Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Sydney, Australia

Pr. Philippe Pasquier
School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Kıvanç Tatar
PhD Candidate, School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

MUME 2018 Workshop

In parallel with the MUME 2018 Concert, we also organise the MUME 2018 Workshop. Details are available here.

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