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Speech Music Symposium

December 9-10, 2016
Trondheim Kunstmuseum Gråmølna, Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim and Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU) will host a mini symposium on the subject of speech and music 9-10 December 2016 in Trondheim, Norway.
This event features music performances and artist talks by a selection of musicians and composers working with speech in a musical setting:
Trevor Wishart (UK)
Alessandro Bosetti (IT)
Sten Sandell (SE)
Alex Nowitz (DE)
Daniel Formo (NO)             

The event consists of a concert part with music performances on the evening of Friday the 9th of December, and a symposium part with artist talks and discussions during daytime Saturday the 10th of December. 

The symposium focuses on artistic aspects like the composition, performance and perception of speech based music – music that in some way or another utilizes speech in a musical way. Possible topics may include: motivations for working with speech in music; approaches, problems and solutions for making music based on speech; perception and listening modes in relation to music, voice and speech; musical meaning and semiotic implications of sound structures and gestures general; musical formalism versus narrative speech; functional/biological/evolutionary links between speech and music, role and significance of technology in music and society, etc. etc.

Call for contributions
The concert program is set, but the symposium part is open for proposals.
Contributions can be presentations of related artistic projects, academic work, philosophical or psychological perspectives on speech, music, and language etc. A proposal with a short summary can be sent to before 12th of November 2016.
This symposium is arranged as part of an artistic research project carried out by Daniel Formo at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.  



Madrid: 5th – 7th of October 2017.

This Conference is organized by the newly created Spanish Association for the Psychology of Music and Music Performance (AEPMIM) in cooperation with the UNED.

AEPMIM was founded in 2015 to bring together researchers, musicians, and music educators from all over the world, particularly Latin America, with the purpose of sharing the latest research in the field of the psychology of music. With this aim in mind, AEPMIM has already established ties with several associations from Latin America, such as SACCOM, PSICMUSE and ABCM, in addition to collaborating with the largest and most important worldwide associations, such as ESCOM and SEMPRE.

The Conference is part of a vision to connect musicians and researchers in order to create an open space of communication in which researchers can share their findings with musicians. These findings, resulting from scientific studies on music learning, practice, composition and performance, can provide musicians with new perspectives on their music making and strategies for enhancing the quality of their practice and experience. Additionally the conference allows musicians to share their own findings, experiences, ideas and concerns with researchers and other musicians, thus creating a network of interdisciplinary cooperation.

The conference will provide knowledge which to date has not been readily available. Included will be presentations of original papers, practical-oriented workshops and concerts from diverse musical genres.

We warmly invite you to participate in this conference, so as to communicate your own findings and to benefit from the latest research in the field of the psychology of music.


The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches

Feb 26th – 28th, 2017, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Events will include keynote lectures by Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University), Panayotis Mavromatis (NYU), and Martin Norgaard (GSU), as well as a concert juxtaposing Carnatic music and improvisation in the European tradition, featuring Salem Shriram (voice) and Johnandrew Slominski (piano).

Program Committee: Francisco Gómez (Technical University of Madrid), Mariana Montiel (Georgia State University), Jay Rahn (York University), Chris Stover (The New School), Brian Wesolowski (University of Georgia)

Following the success of the Improvising Brain Symposia in 2013 and 2015, this conference will once again address improvisation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: music cognition, neuroscience, education, ethnomusicology, and music theory. This year’s theme, “Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches”, stems from the growing scholarly interest in the empirical and music-theoretical study of world music traditions, the cognitive underpinnings of musical improvisation, as well as the study of historical documents related to improvisation in the European tradition. We encourage submissions related to topics including:

–The empirical study of musical improvisation
–The role of improvisation in oral traditions
–Improvisation as reflected in historical pedagogical documents
–The use of improvisation in training present-day musicians

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Please submit a 300-word abstract for both paper presentations and posters, with no more than 3 pages of supplemental materials (e.g., graphs, musical examples). We reserve the right to accept a paper-proposal as a poster. Proposals will be reviewed blindly by the program committee. Do not include the author’s name or other identifying details in the proposal itself. Submissions must be received byOct. 1st, 2016. Notifications will be made in November 2016.

Abstracts and supplemental material may be submitted here:

Papers with a world music focus will be considered for a peer-reviewed special issue in the Analytical Approaches to World Music Journal.

The events are presented by Georgia State University’s CENCIA (Center for Collaborative and International Arts), Center for Educational Partnerships in Music, College of the Arts, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience Institute, and School of Music.


The Neurosciences and Music – VI, MUSIC, SOUND AND HEALTH

15 – 18th June 2017, Boston, MA (USA) 

The “Neuromusic” Community is invited to submit proposals for the Symposia. These should be organized around a specific topic related to the conference theme of “Music, Sound and Health” with special emphasis on development.
The deadline for symposia abstract submission is 15 October 2016.

The deadline for poster submission will be January 2017

The conference is in partnership with the Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to the Symposia, the program will include Keynote Lectures, Poster Sessions, and a Pre-conference Workshop.



GHENT, 31 JULY – 4 AUGUST 2017

ESCOM, the European Society for Cognitive Sciences Of Music, celebrates its 25 years of activities with a special conference that is hosted from 31 July – 4 August 2017 by Prof. Dr. Marc Leman and his team from IPEM at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Currently the focus of music cognition shifts towards a variety of sensory, motor, sensorimotor, affective-motivational, cognitive and social functions involved in the many ways people interact with music. ESCOM 2017 aims at being a thought-provoking conference that explores the theme of “Expressive Interaction with Music”. During this special event music-based interaction is addressed from a wide range of perspectives, in relation to expression, gestures and social and cultural contexts.

Within 4 days ESCOM 2017 will bring together experts from different domains related to the field, and scholars discussing expressive interaction with music from the perspective of perception (day 1), performance (day 2), and aesthetics (day 3). On day 4, through parallel workshops, the opportunity is offered for an open and intense exchange of experience. A round table discussion is organized where the future of music research is discussed. The conference features plenary sessions with keynote speakers and special selected speakers, and a number of parallel sessions with speakers selected on the basis of a call for papers. The conference also offers poster sessions.

Including high-level keynote speakers the conference is a unique opportunity to learn, expand your network and plan joint actions in a truly interactive event.

Join us in Ghent for ESCOM 2017’s key music conference. Join us in considering how to address the problems that research on expressive interaction with music faces now, and the challenges that lie ahead.  Whatever your field of research is, we encourage you to participate, to show the true diversity of our subject area, and to help us build a conference formed and shaped by the people that come.


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. Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposia.

Important dates
Abstract submission site open: September 27, 2016
Deadline for abstract submission of symposia: January 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts of symposia: January 22, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission of oral and poster presentations: January 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts of oral and poster presentations: April 5, 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers (not mandatory): June 15, 2017

For questions and comments, contact the organizing committee:

We look forward to seeing you at APSCOM 6.

We are happy to announce the host of our next conference – it’s already the 10th edition of SysMus!

SysMus17, 13-15 September, 2017

Queen Mary University of London, UK – Music Cognition Lab


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