The third conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity will be held from  20th-22nd August 2018 in room E201 at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Registration is now closed.

Computational simulation of musical creativity is an emerging, exciting and significant area of research. In the last few years, numerous systems that compose, improvise and perform music have been developed. These systems pose several theoretical and technical challenges, and are the result of an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses the domains of  music, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and philosophy.

The main goal of this conference is to bring together scholars from different backgrounds, interested in virtual emulation of musical creativity, providing an interdisciplinary platform to promote, present and discuss their work.

Keynote Speakers:

We are delighted to announce our two keynote speakers at CSMC2018:

Dr. Tim Blackwell,

Goldsmiths University             http://www.timblackwell.com/

“Alien Music”

Alien Music can be difficult. Many find the music incomprehensible and tedious. Others talk of glimpsed structures, of patterns and extraterrestrial mathematics, of a new aesthetics. We suggest how information theory might enable us to understand this mysterious music and provide a dynamical model of alien-human musical interaction.

Tim Blackwell is a senior lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has degrees in physics, theoretical physics and computer science and has researched a wide range of subjects spanning quantum theory, computer music, digital art, computational swarm intelligence and music complexity. He is well known for the application of swarms to improvised music, and his Swarm Music system has been the subject of numerous articles, radio programmes and a Discovery Channel documentary. He was a Principal Investigator for the EPSRC funded Live Algorithms for Music research network and Extended Particle Swarms project.

Sarah Angliss  http://www.sarahangliss.com/

“Automating the muse”

Why should we endeavour to simulate musical composition or performance? Will the essence of musical creativity and inspiration always lie beyond analysis? If compositional processes can be automated, what are the implications for flesh and blood composers? What can we learn from far earlier systems, rendered on pen and paper, that can help us to establish the utility or aesthetics of automatic composition systems today? Composer, automatist and sound historian Sarah Angliss gives a personal take on the conference theme, looking at approaches to musical automation, composition and performance from the Renaissance to the era of Artificial Life.

Sarah Angliss is a composer, performer and sound historian who creates narratively rich music, performed using acoustic instruments, electronics, bespoke software and musical automata. Sarah’s performed live in The Royal Festival Hall, Cafe Oto, Kings Place, The Union Chapel, BFI Southbank, Handel House, London; National Sawdust, Brooklyn; Wales Millennium Centre; Cardiff; The Arnolfini, Bristol; The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield; Landmark Kunstall, Bergen; Elektriteater, Tartu; Moog Labs, Supersonic; The Royal Institution and many other venues and festivals. Sarah also works in theatre – most recently for a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist play The Hairy Ape in the Old Vic, London, and Park Avenue Armory, New York (director Richard Jones). She’s currently composing an electroacoustic opera Giant (with librettist Ross Sutherland and director Sarah Fahie), supported by Snape Music the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Sarah’s biography of Daphne Oram featured in a reprint of Oram’s treatise An Individual Note – of Music, Sound and Electronics, republished by Anomie and the Daphne Oram Trust. Her work on musicians’ early attitudes to drum machines and samplers was published by the Science Museum and Smithsonian Scholarly Press. She’s made documentaries on the use of birds as domestic sound recorders and the cultural history of echo for BBC Radio 4.

The CSMC concert will be held on the first evening of the conference, Monday 20th August, at 6:30pm in the Smurfit Lounge. More information can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2018 in Dublin!

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