[PD] CFP: Practice-Based Research in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Sam Ferguson samferguson.ml at gmail.com
Thu May 1 03:14:50 CEST 2014

Call for Papers
Workshop on Practice-Based Research in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

NIME 2014 Workshop: Goldsmiths, London, UK www.nime2014.org

Workshop website: http://www.creativityandcognition.com/NIMEWorkshop/

Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014 (No extensions!)
Notification: May 16, 2014
Workshop date: June 30, 2014

Practitioner-researchers in new musical instrument/interface design often
set themselves multiple challenges: they seek to design and implement new
technologies, create and perform new works, examine and evaluate what they
have done and, finally, articulate what has been learned in the process.

To do this effectively requires careful consideration of the links between
creative work and research.  Failing to do so can lead to technical
research which lacks relevance to creative practice or, conversely,
creative work where the broader contribution is unclear.

This workshop focuses on the relationships between creative practice and
research - and blends of the two - with particular emphasis on new musical
interface/instrument design.

Combining practice and research leads to a series of difficult questions,

- What constitutes a contribution in the context of practice-based research
in new musical instrument/interface design?

- How do we show that we have made a contribution?  What kinds of evidence
are appropriate?

- Do we always need to evaluate our interfaces/instruments?  What does
evaluation mean in creative contexts?  Are there fixed criteria?

- What is the status of the work (performance, instrument, composition,
exhibition, ...) itself?  Is it possible to understand the contribution of
practice-based research without experiencing the work?  What is the role of

- What is the place of personal reflection in relation to practice-based

We invite 2-4 page papers or position papers for presentation and in-depth
discussion.  Submissions from students are welcome and encouraged.  Topics
may include, but are not limited to:

- Case studies of practice-based research in the area of NIME.

- Theoretical and conceptual framings of practice-based research in NIME

- Personal reflections on past or ongoing practice-based research projects.

- Techniques and methods for examining people’s experiences with new

- Approaches and methods from other domains and cultures.

- Radical ideas, new approaches.

Papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the
workshop proceedings and archived on the workshop website. After the
workshop, selected participants will be invited to expand their papers for
a special issue of Leonardo Transactions.

Once selected, all workshop participants are required to register for at
least one day of the NIME conference.  You can register at http://www.

Submit papers via EasyChair at: https://www.easychair.org/

Andrew Johnston, Sam Ferguson and Ernest Edmonds
Creativity and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney

Please send enquiries to pbrnime2014 at easychair.org
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