Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Music Journal Article

Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) is calling for submissions for a special issue on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in music, guest edited by Michael Gurevich of the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast.

The availability of powerful, low-cost sensors and embedded hardware that can control real-time audio has facilitated the rapid growth of digital computer interfaces used in music performance. The New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference is already coming up on its 10th year since its humble beginning as a workshop within the 2001 CHI conference. NIME has become a discipline in its own right, one whose enthusiastic growth has rendered the CHI platform an inadequate container; however, as a primarily practice-led discipline NIME has as great a potential as ever to inform, and be informed by, HCI.

Accordingly, this issue will step back and view interactive music performance through the lens of HCI. Submissions should report on original research in HCI or allied disciplines (design, cognitive psychology, mechanical engineering, etc.) that is materially relevant to computer music, or vice versa. Papers should make this connection explicit, and therefore co-authored submissions between HCI and computer music researchers or practitioners are particularly encouraged.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • novel interaction techniques
  • design theory or frameworks
  • human performance
  • evaluation methods
  • tangible representations of musical parameters
  • audience cognition of interactive performance
  • design case studies
  • performers’ or composers’ reports that relate to HCI

Submissions that document a design, performance or composition must clearly advance a theory that is applicable to wider practice.

Submissions will be subject to peer review and should be received by September 30, 2009.

Refer to the manuscript guidelines at

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