Call for Works: The Musical Metacreation Concert at the Ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity, Salamanca, Spain, June 2018

Key Dates

May 12th -submission deadline.

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 Ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity, at University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. 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.
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 real-time 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 two page A4-portrait PDF describing your work before the submission deadline. Email your submission to chairs@musicalmetacreation.orgSubmissions should not be anonymised. 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).
  • Provide a link to any additional documentary material such as audio or video recordings, or online software (highly recommended).
  • Give 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

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.

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

Dr. Oliver Bown
Interactive Media Lab
UNSW, Australia

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

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

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School of Interactive Arts and Technology, 
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

MUME Steering Committee

Andrew Brown

 Griffith University, Australia

Anna Jordanous

 University of Kent, UK

Bob Keller

 Harvey Mudd College, US

Róisín Loughran

 University College Dublin, Ireland

Michael Casey

 Dartmouth College, US

Benjamin Smith

 Purdue University Indianapolis, US