2003 International Conference on
New Interfaces for Musical Expression


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NIME'03 is the third event in the NIME series, after the initial NIME workshopat the 2001 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2001, held at Seattle, WA,and the first international conference NIME'02 International Conferenceheld last year at the MediaLab Europe, in Dublin, Ireland.


NIME'03 will keep up with NIME'01and NIME'02 spirit andwill be hosted this year by the Faculty 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 scientificand technological research on the development of new interfaces for musicalexpression and high-level artistic performances using such interfaces.

For this purpose, one of our main concerns in designing NIME'03 was toinsist on exploring the importance of previous works on interfaces formusical expression.

Keynotes speakers

This was the main force behind the choice of the invited speakers for thisyear's conference: the three keynote speakers are internationally knownin this domain and each has substantially contributed to the developmentin this area:

Papers, Reports, Posters and Demos

On the scientific side, this year's NIME had an impressive list of reviewersamong the most important experts in this area worldwide. Actually, NIME'03reviewers came from North and South America, Europe, Japan and Australiaand reflect the various trends in this domain. The paper selection processwas headed by Philippe Depalle (McGill University).


Concerts will be presented at the end of each conference day, where thestate-of-the art on new interfaces will be shown in a musical setting.The first concert will feature an invited performance of the WirelessDuo performing their score on the screening of the silent movie masterpieceFaust,by F. W. Murnau (1926). Mark Goldstein andDennis Jameswill use alternate controllers such as the Buchla Lightning and theTheremin to create the sounds that accompany the movie. The concert willtake place in McGill's Redpath Hall, a former chapel whose architecturewill help create the atmosphere for Murnau's Faust!

The second and third concerts will feature selected performances submittedto the NIME03 artistic committee, headed by Joseph Butch Rovan (Universityof North Texas) and will be performed in McGill's Pollack Hall.

Apart from the paper sessions and concerts, NIME03 will innovate onthe format of the conference. We have designed this year's conference tooptimize discussion, so that formal paper and report sessions will endearly in the afternoons, leaving space for posters, demonstrations andworkshops. It is our goal that after the formal sessions (always single-track),delegates and artists will have the opportunity to discuss their own worksand learn from each other's experiences.


Another innovation is reflected through the various guest presenters toNIME03. They include some of the most representative artists and researchersin this area that will be presenting and discussing their works duringthe conference:

STEIM Workshops

Finally, the Dutch Institute STEIM will be the guest institutionin NIME03. Apart from Michel's keynote address closing the conference onSaturday, STEIM will be presenting two workshops: the first one on varioussensors, the new SensorLab interface and the software LiSa by FrankBaldé (Thursday and Friday afternoons)and the second one, "Ensemble", with 7 active garments, by KristinaAndersen.

NIME03 in a Snapshot

I am sure that NIME03 will be a unique opportunity to learn the latestdevelopments on the area of new interfaces for musical expression and toexchange information.

Thanks to all of you - speakers, performers, guests, delegates - forcontributing to the success of NIME03. Have a nice conference!

Marcelo M. Wanderley
NIME03 Conference Chair

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