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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +1000
Call for Papers
Workshop on Practice-Based Research in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

NIME 2014 Workshop: Goldsmiths, London, UK<>

Workshop website:

Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014 (No extensions!)
Notification: May 16, 2014
Workshop date: June 30, 2014

Practitioner-researchers in new musical instrument/interface design often set themselves multiple challenges: they seek to design and implement new technologies, create and perform new works, examine and evaluate what they have done and, finally, articulate what has been learned in the process.

To do this effectively requires careful consideration of the links between creative work and research.  Failing to do so can lead to technical research which lacks relevance to creative practice or, conversely, creative work where the broader contribution is unclear.

This workshop focuses on the relationships between creative practice and research - and blends of the two - with particular emphasis on new musical interface/instrument design.

Combining practice and research leads to a series of difficult questions, including:

- What constitutes a contribution in the context of practice-based research in new musical instrument/interface design?

- How do we show that we have made a contribution?  What kinds of evidence are appropriate?

- Do we always need to evaluate our interfaces/instruments?  What does evaluation mean in creative contexts?  Are there fixed criteria?

- What is the status of the work (performance, instrument, composition, exhibition, ...) itself?  Is it possible to understand the contribution of practice-based research without experiencing the work?  What is the role of documentation?

- What is the place of personal reflection in relation to practice-based research?

We invite 2-4 page papers or position papers for presentation and in-depth discussion.  Submissions from students are welcome and encouraged.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Case studies of practice-based research in the area of NIME.

- Theoretical and conceptual framings of practice-based research in NIME contexts.

- Personal reflections on past or ongoing practice-based research projects.

- Techniques and methods for examining people’s experiences with new instruments/interfaces.

- Approaches and methods from other domains and cultures.

- Radical ideas, new approaches.

Papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and archived on the workshop website.  After the workshop, selected participants will be invited to expand their papers for a special issue of Leonardo Transactions.

Once selected, all workshop participants are required to register for at least one day of the NIME conference.  You can register at

Submit papers via EasyChair at:

Andrew Johnston, Sam Ferguson and Ernest Edmonds
Creativity and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney

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Andrew Johnston
Senior Lecturer
Co-Director Creativity and Cognition Studios
Acting Deputy Head, School of Software
Faculty of Engineering and IT
University of Technology, Sydney PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
Ph. +61 2 9514 4497 Room 10.04.341

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