|2003 International Conference on
New Interfaces for Musical Expression
to the 2003 International Conference
on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
NIME03 is over, but you can help!
NIME'03 is the third event in the NIME series, after the initial
at the 2001 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CHI 2001, held at Seattle, WA,
and the first international conference
NIME'02 International Conference
held last year at the
MediaLab Europe, in Dublin, Ireland.
NIME'03 will keep up with
and NIME'02 spirit and
will be hosted this year by the
Schulich School of Music,
at McGill University,
in the cosmopolitan and culturally exciting city of
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
From May 22 to May 24, 2003, the conference will be a three full-day event
with research papers, demos and performances representative of
the state-of-the-art concerning new interfaces for musical expression.
The main goal of the NIME'03 conference is to blend high-level scientific
and technological research on the development of new interfaces for musical
expression and high-level artistic performances using such interfaces.
For this purpose, one of our main concerns in designing NIME'03 was to
insist on exploring the importance of previous works on interfaces for
This was the main force behind the choice of the invited speakers for this
year's conference: the three keynote speakers are internationally known
in this domain and each has substantially contributed to the development
in this area:
Papers, Reports, Posters and Demos
On the scientific side, this year's NIME had an impressive list of reviewers
among the most important experts in this area worldwide. Actually, NIME'03
reviewers came from North and South America, Europe, Japan and Australia
and reflect the various trends in this domain. The paper selection process
was headed by Philippe Depalle (McGill University).
Concerts will be presented at the end of each conference day, where the
state-of-the art on new interfaces will be shown in a musical setting.
The first concert will feature an invited performance of the Wireless
Duo performing their score on the screening of the silent movie masterpiece
by F. W. Murnau (1926). Mark Goldstein and
will use alternate controllers such as the Buchla Lightning and the
Theremin to create the sounds that accompany the movie. The concert will
take place in McGill's Redpath Hall, a former chapel whose architecture
will help create the atmosphere for Murnau's Faust!
The second and third concerts will feature selected performances submitted
to the NIME03 artistic committee, headed by Joseph Butch Rovan (University
of North Texas) and will be performed in McGill's Pollack Hall.
Apart from the paper sessions and concerts, NIME03 will innovate on
the format of the conference. We have designed this year's conference to
optimize discussion, so that formal paper and report sessions will end
early in the afternoons, leaving space for posters, demonstrations and
workshops. It is our goal that after the formal sessions (always single-track),
delegates and artists will have the opportunity to discuss their own works
and learn from each other's experiences.
Another innovation is reflected through the various guest presenters to
NIME03. They include some of the most representative artists and researchers
in this area that will be presenting and discussing their works during
Max Mathews presenting the new Radio Baton design, Jana
Saleh and Richard Boulanger performing two of Boulanger's recent
real-time multi-media pieces "StarDust" and "DarkMatter";
Tomie Hahn and Curtis Bahn presenting
alcides lanza, director of McGill Electronic Music Studio (EMS),
giving a special multi-media talk on Hugh Le Caine and on some of
the electronic instruments he developed in the 50's and 60's. In fact,
Le Caine worked at McGill's EMS in the 60's and Prof. lanza had the opportunity
to use some of his instruments on his own compositions.
Garth Paine presenting his performance "Organic Serendipity".
Finally, the Dutch Institute STEIM will be the guest institution
in NIME03. Apart from Michel's keynote address closing the conference on
Saturday, STEIM will be presenting two workshops: the first one on various
sensors, the new SensorLab interface and the software LiSa by Frank
Baldé (Thursday and Friday afternoons)
and the second one, "Ensemble", with 7 active garments, by Kristina
NIME03 in a Snapshot
I am sure that NIME03 will be a unique opportunity to learn the latest
developments on the area of new interfaces for musical expression and to
Three invited speakers: Michel Waisvisz (STEIM, NL), Claude Cadoz
(ACROE- ICA, France), and Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Laboratory, USA).
Research and development papers and reports in 9 single-track sessions,
plus one poster session.
Demonstrations of controllers, software and technologies for musical expression
on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Three evening concerts featuring pieces for new interfaces.
Invited demonstrations, installations and short concerts by outstanding
Workshops given by STEIM,
the Dutch Institution that has been in the forefront
of developments related to gestural controllers for the last three decades.
Thanks to all of you - speakers, performers, guests, delegates - for
contributing to the success of NIME03. Have a nice conference!
Marcelo M. Wanderley
NIME03 Conference Chair