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Music & Eye-Tracking – What eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing

Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, August 17-18, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the call for abstract submissions to the conference on “Music and Eye-tracking“ (MET), which will be held 17th-18th of August 2017 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany.

Our goal is to bring together the leading experts from psychology, all fields of music research, sociology, cultural sciences, and neuroscience, united in the interest to investigate musical processing using eye-tracking methodology or combining eye-tracking with other methods.

For full details please visit our website at


Asian-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM 6)

Kyoto August 25-27, 2017

We are pleased to announce that abstract submissions are now open for the 6th Conference of the Asian-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM 6), to be held in Kyoto August 25-27, 2017.

For questions and comments, contact the organizing committee:


International Symposium on Performance Science

August 30 | 02 September 2017
Reykjavík | Iceland

The next International Symposium on Performance Science will be hosted by the Iceland Academy of the Arts and convened at Harpa, Reykjavík’s world-renowned concert hall, on August 30 – 02 September 2017. The ISPS 2017 theme, Performance, Processes, and Products, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on how performances are conceived, developed, delivered, and received. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

Keynote Speakers

  • Hilmar Bragi Janusson, Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Science, University of Iceland (Iceland)
  • Reinhard Kopiez, Professor of Music Psychology, Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media (Germany)
  • Alison McGregor, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics, Imperial College London (UK)
  • Steven Schlozman, Associate Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Harvard University (USA)

Important dates
15 March 2017: Notification of submission decision
01 April 2017: Article submissions open for ISPS 2017 Research Topic in Frontiers
15 April 2017: End of early registration
30 August 2017: Start of ISPS 2017
31 December 2017: Article submission deadline for ISPS 2017 Research Topic in Frontiers

Building on the publication of articles from ISPS 2013 and ISPS 2015 in Frontiers in Psychology, the journal is will host a Research Topic in the specialty section Performance Science for ISPS 2017 presenters. 

To learn more about the specialty section Performance Science, see or write to chief editor Aaron Williamon at


SysMus enters its 10th year! 

Come celebrate with us in London! SysMus17 is coming September 13th-15th 2017 and will be hosted by the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London.                    

SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within systematic musicological study: Systematic musicology, Music perception, Music cognition, Music psychology, Music therapy, Music modeling , Music information retrieval, Music sociology , Music education , Music technology, Music and culture, Musical acoustics, Music philosophy, Music theory and analysis

For more information, check out our website:
Facebook: SysMus17, Twitter: @SysMus17


3rd Workshop on Intelligent Music Production (WIMP 2017): Call for Papers

Friday 15 September 2017: Media City UK, University of Salford

The production of music often involves interdisciplinary challenges, requiring creativity, extensive knowledge of audio processing and exceptional listening skills. Many of these complex production processes have rules that could be made more intuitive, or managed by intelligent processes. Intelligent Music Production focuses on developing systems that map these requirements into automated or adaptive processes within the production chain to achieve results which are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

This event will provide an overview of the tools and techniques currently being developed in the field, whilst providing insight for audio engineers, producers and musicians looking to gain access to new technologies. The day will consist of presentations from leading academics, keynotes, posters and demonstrations.

Suggested topics:

  • Intelligent music production systems for tasks such as level-balancing, equalisation, dynamic range processing, audio editing, etc.
  • Intelligent music production systems capable of: generating/performing music; supporting the musical creativity of human users; incorporating affective responses.
  • Philosophical foundations of IMP systems
  • Accessibility in IMP systems
  • Surveys of state-of-the-art techniques in the area
  • Studies on the applicability of IMP techniques to other research areas

Submissions in the following general areas will also be considered:

  • Perception, psychoacoustics and evaluation
  • Source separation
  • Semantic audio processing
  • Musical similarity and structure analysis

Paper submission:

We welcome submissions on intelligent music production from researchers worldwide at all stages of their careers.Paper submissions are accepted in PDF format and should be between 2 and 4 pages including references. Templates for submission can be found on the event website. Papers should be sent to On submission, authors should express in their email a preference for either poster or oral presentation. Posters will be presented during the coffee and lunch breaks.


The one-day conference will take place at the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford Media City campus (15 September 2017), and will be preceded by a welcome event with demos at the University of Salford main campus (14 September 2017).

For more information about the event, please get in touch with the Intelligent Music Production committee:

Bruno Fazenda (chair),
Alex Wilson (co-chair),
Ryan Stables,
Josh Reiss,
Brecht De Man,


CMMR 2017, Porto & Matosinhos, Portugal, September 25th-28th 2017

The 13th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR 2017) will be held in Porto and Matosinhos, Portugal, on September 25th–28th, 2017:

CMMR 2017 is organised by the Sound and Music Computing Group at INESC TEC, the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM) and AMU-CNRS-PRISM. The theme of CMMR 2017 is Music Technology with Swing.CMMR will take place at CARA – (Centro de Alto Rendimento Artístico) in Mastosinhos. It is CARA’s mission to promote the dialogue between art, science and technology, namely through multidisciplinary projects that aim at the research and development of solutions for the creation, fruition and dissemination of creative content. By hosting CMMR at CARA we seek to mirror these aims by bringing together a diverse and vibrant community of researchers and musicians that encapsulate the different perspectives of computer music multidisciplinary research.

The conference includes a scientific programme with oral presentations, posters and demos. It also features a music programme with daily concerts, including one by the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos.

The confirmed keynote speakers for CMMR 2017 are:

Peter Vuust (Aarhus University, Denmark), Margaret Schedel (Stony Brook University, USA), Carlos Guedes (New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and Amílcar Cardoso (University of Coimbra, Portugal).

If you have any questions about CMMR 2017, please contact the Symposium Chairs


3rd Conference of the Australian Music & Psychology Society & 5th International Conference on Music and Emotion (ICME)

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 7-9 December 2017

We are pleased to announce that the next Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS) 2017 Conference, incorporating the 5th International Conference on Music and Emotion (ICME5), will be held in Brisbane at The University of Queensland, Australia, 7-9 December 2017.

The conference is intended to engage faculty and student (Honours, Masters, PhD) involvement, and encourage discussion and exchange of ideas around the theme, Musical Affects.The conference theme is intentionally broad to encourage diverse perspectives on music, psychology and emotion, including:

• music perception and cognition, music performance, music education, music health and wellbeing, music therapy, musicology, music composition, music and dance, ethnomusicology, psychoacoustics and models of music processes.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words for spoken papers (15 mins + 5 mins Q&A), posters, symposia, and workshops.

The internationally recognised Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, one of the Ensembles-in-Residence at The University of Queensland, will perform for conference delegates and guests on 7 December 2017 at 6pm in the Nickson Room at the School of Music.


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

• Professor Michael Spitzer (University of Liverpool; ICME founder), and

• Adjunct Associate Professor Nikki Rickard (Monash University; Psychology Program Director, Online Education Services)

Special panel discussions will be led by:

• Professor Emery Schubert (The University of New South Wales), and

• Professor Margaret Barrett (The University of Queensland)

Abstracts submission deadline: 29 August 2017

Notification sent to authors: 3 October 2017

Final abstracts due: 10 October 2017

Early bird registration closes: 10 October 2017

Performance by the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo: 6 pm, 7 December 2017


All submissions will be made through “EasyChair”. Go to

Once logged in, Click on “New Submission”

For oral and poster presentations, submit an abstract of up to 250 words together with title of the presentation, preferred format, 5 keywords (to assist with allocation to appropriate reviewers), and author names. Please structure your abstract as appropriate to your discipline. For example, background and aims, methods, results, discussion.

Proposals for a symposium on a specific theme should include a 250-word abstract that sets out the goals of the symposium and the titles and authors of the papers within the symposium. A 250-word abstract for each paper within the symposium will also need to be submitted. A standard symposium submission includes 4 papers.

Proposals for a workshop that would be of broad interest should consist of a 250 word abstract outlining the goal, format, length, target audience and presenters involved with the proposed workshop.

Contact Details:

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in December!


Timbre 2018When: 5-7 July 2018

Where: Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

We invite submissions for oral presentations (20′ plus 10′ discussion), posters, interactive demos and musical events that specifically address the perception and use of timbre in music. For more information, please visit

Timbre is a powerful structuring and emotional force in all musics, be they acoustic or electroacoustic. And yet it is one of the least understood and theorized elements of music in any discipline. Timbre 2018 aims to bring together the major timbre and orchestration researchers in the world to take stock of where the study and deployment of timbre in music is currently heading and to explore how to engage scholars and practitioners concerning its structural, expressive and affective roles in the fields of composition (“classical”, pop, film, television, video games), music analysis, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, music psychology, musical acoustics, room acoustics, computer-aided orchestration, computer science, digital humanities, sound recording and auditory cognitive neuroscience.    

Structured abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2017

Notification of results: 31 January 2018

Early registration opens: 1 February 2018

Revised abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2018

Early registration closes/late registration opens: 31 May 2018


ICMPC-ESCOM: Graz 23rd-28th July 2018

The 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), combined with the 10th Triennial Conference of ESCOM, will be held at the University of Graz, Austria from 23 to 28 July 2018. Enquiries: Richard Parncutt

Abstract submission deadline – 20 November 2017

Early registration deadline – 30 April 2018

Since 1994, the ESCOM triennial conference has been combined every six years with the biennial ICMPC. In 2018, the two conferences will be combined for the fifth time. ICMPC and ESCOM have similar aims. Both support and promote the dissemination of empirical and theoretical research from a wide range of musically relevant, scientific, empirical based disciplines, including psychology, cognitive sciences, neurophysiology, linguistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, acoustics, psychophysics, sociology, and systematic musicology. We also welcome interdisciplinary presentations that involve humanities and/or practically oriented disciplines. Relevant humanities disciplines include music theory and analysis, musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, history, aesthetics, and philosophy; relevant practically oriented disciplines include music performance, composition, education, medicine, and therapy.

All presentations should feature new, unpublished research. All should have the potential to improve understanding of how music is created, perceived, experienced, shared, used, or represented.

Conference chair: Richard Parncutt

Conference co-organizer: Sabrina Sattmann

Hub organizers

Graz: Richard Parncutt La Plata: Isabel Martinez Montreal: Eldad Tsabary and Christine Beckett Sydney: Emery Schubert

Local organizing committees Graz: Annemarie Seither-Preisler, Andrea Schiavio, Daniel Reisinger, Nils Meyer-Kahlen Montreal: Mark Corwin, Angelique Wilkie, Josh Rager Sydney: Dorothy Fabian, Riza Veloso, Anthony Chmiel, Marco Susino La Plata: Luiz Naveda, Favio Shifres, Joaquín Blas Pérez, Alejandro Pereira Ghiena


If you hear of any conferences that may be interesting for music psychologists then please forward details to me: v.williamson- at-