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EMP Event!




Additional Information:


Proposal (PDF)

Text of CFP

New Interfaces for Musical Expression

a CHI 2001 Workshop took

place in Seattle,

April 1 and 2, 2001

The rapid evolution of digital media, advanced materials and other technologies is opening up unprecedented opportunities for musical interface inventors and designers. The possibilities afforded by these new technologies have prompted an explosion of new musical forms. Furthermore, they carry with them the challenges of a complex and often confusing array of choices for musical composers and performers. The design and evaluation of alternative musical controllers, currently the leading edge of an ongoing dialogue between technology and musical culture, involve many of the issues normally covered at CHI conferences. This workshop will explore the impact of new interface technologies on musical expression and exploration, discuss practical concerns involved in the design of effective musical interfaces, and attempt to identify major issues involved in the interplay between technological change and innovation in musical culture.


- Design reports on novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression

- Surveys of past work and/or stimulating ideas for future research

- Performance experience reports on live performance and composition using novel controllers

- Musical controllers for novices, education and entertainment

- Perceptual & cognitive issues in the design of musical controllers

- Novel controllers for collaborative performance

- Interface protocols (e.g. MIDI) and alternative controllers

- Artistic, cultural, and social impact of new musical interfaces

NIME workshop consisted of a highly interactive one and a half-day long forum which will included presentations, demos and roundtable discussion.

Fourteen presenters selected from 32 submissions that we have had received (46%) presented their work in a series of 15-20 minutes talks with following Q&A. Use of videos and audio as well as live demos of controllers was highly encouraged. The final program of the workshop includes also all papers accepted for the workshop in PDF format.

All workshop attendees were invited for a half-day planned post-workshop demo and performances event at the EMP. Several workshop attendees as well as invited performers performed in the EMP and or showed their controllers to general public.

Max Mathews chaired the demo and performances sessions
at the EMP.

We would like to thank all the committee members, workshop participants and personal of the EMP for their efforts and contributions to the success of the workshop.

The photographs from the workshop are available here.

Poupyrev, I., Lyons, M., Fels, S., Blain, T., New interfaces for musical expression. Proceedings of CHI 2001, Extended Abstracts. 2001. ACM. pp. 491-492

    - The summary of the workshop published in the CHI 2001 Abstracts and Applications

A report from the Workshop summarizing the workshop activities will also be published in the CHI Bulletin.

Ivan Poupyrev, Sony CSL

Michael J. Lyons, ATR MIC Labs

Sidney Fels, University of British Columbia,

Tina Blaine (Bean), Carnegie Mellon University,

Krystyna Bobrowski, College of San Mateo Electronic Music Program

Perry Cook, Princeton University

Reek N. Havok, Experience Music Project

Kenji Mase, ATR MIC Labs

Kaffe Matthews, Live Convertor, Annette Works

Max Matthews, CCRMA, Stanford

Joe Paradiso, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Schloss, School of Music, University of Victoria

Laetitia Sonami, Performer/Instrument builder

Bill Verplank, CCRMA, Stanford University

Images, in the order of appearance are courtesy of Gurevich, M., Overholt, D., Bahn, C., and Gurevich, M.