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Hi Everyone,

Michael Lyons and I are doing a NIME course at SIGCHI this year. Announcement
and information about the course with registration instructions are

So, if you are coming to SIGCHI conference, please join our course.
Please let others know who you think would be interested.

Early bird deadline is Mar 1, 2018: <>

Please contact either of us for more information.



Sidney Fels, Professor
Head of the Human Communication Technologies Research Laboratory
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of British Columbia
2332 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z4
phone: +1 604 822-5338  fax: +1 604 822-5949
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lab page: <>


CHI 2018 Course: Introduction to Creating Musical Interfaces

Have you ever wanted to build your own musical interface to express
yourself in new ways? Have you always thought that advances in musical
expression are at the core of developing human civiliation? Have you
wanted to know the latest HCI research in new interfaces for musical
expression (NIME)? If so, this course is for you!

Please join us and register at: <>
Cost is only $50 (2 units) with your CHI registration. Don't forget that early
bird registration deadline for CHI is March 1. The course will be on
Wed, Apr 25 from 14:00 with two 80min sessions and a coffee break.

More information is at the CHI course website:
Introduction to Creating Musical Interfaces <>

Please send us email if you have questions.

See you at CHI!
Michael and Sid


Course title: CHI 2018 Course: Introduction to Creating Musical Interfaces

Benefits: This course provides a gentle and fun introduction to the
practice of musical interface design. Participants will gain
sufficient knowledge of tools and methods to start their own projects.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the theory and
practice of musical interface design. Our target audience consists of
those who are interested in starting projects relating to music
technology. Those with a general interest are also welcome.
Participants will learn key aspects of the theory and practice of
musical interface design by studying case studies and practical
know-how sourced mainly from the leading conference in this area,
known as "New Interfaces for Musical Expression" or NIME. Advances in
digital audio technologies have led to a situation where computers
play a role in most music production and performance. Digital
technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for the creation and
manipulation of sound, however the flexibility of these new
technologies implies a confusing array of choices for musical
composers and performers. Some artists have faced this challenge by
using computers directly to create music. However, most would agree
that the computer is not a musical instrument, in the same sense as
traditional instruments, and it is natural to ask "how to play the
computer" using interface technology appropriate for human brains and
bodies. In two eighty minute sessions we will introduce an approach to
the design of musical interfaces. The first session is presented in
lecture format with many video demonstrations of musical interfaces.
The second session illustrates the design and prototyping process with
case studies, and continues with live demonstrations of hardware and
software tools used for musical interface projects. The course
concludes with a group design exercise in which attendees will sketch
their original ideas for new musical interfaces. The course is aimed
at beginners but more experienced participants will have plenty to
explore. Familiarity with basic aspects of interactive media will be
helpful, however there are no specific technical prerequisites. No
background in music or computer audio is assumed.
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