Very successful SMC 2014 done jointly with ICMC 2014

ICMC/SMC2014 (Athens, 14-19 September 2014)
www.icmc14-smc14.net

The Joint Conference ICMC14|SMC14 has been organized successfully in Athens from the 14th till the 19th of September 2014 by the University of Athens (Music Department and Department of Informatics and telecommunications), the Institute for Research in Music and Acoustics (IEMA) and the Onassis Cultural foundation. Almost 550 registered people and 150  persons have attended the Conference.

It was the first time that two famous conferences in the field of Sound and music computing and Computer music, ICMC and SMC, made their first cross-over under the theme “music technology meets philosophy: from digital ethos to virtual ethos” and formed the largest conference ever held in the field.

The main theme of the conferencewas related to the rich cultural heritage of Athens, a city whosecultural rootsreach deeply into theremembrance (anámnêsis) of the origins of Music (Mousikē), Mathematics and Philosophy and had as main scope to explore through special sessions the notion ofdigital echos (sound) through different approaches of computer music and interactive music systems, and that of virtual ethos, namely the impact of technology oncomposition, performance, musicology and education.

We hope that this event has opened new avenues for Computer Music and Sound and Music Computing enabling it to reach out to society and provide wider and more direct access to knowledge, creative learning and cultural heritage.

The Conference Program of ICMC/SCM2014 included many parallel events as :Oral and poster sessions, concerts and late night concerts, Sound Installations, Special sessions,  Workshops /demos and studio reports, Summer school and Satellite events: http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/conferece-schedule.html

Α) PAPERS/POSTERS and PROCEEDINGS
383  paper submissions from 35 countries in all continents. Each submission was reviewed by two or three members of the Scientific Program Committee consisted by 50 internationally recognized experts, assisted by the International Review Panel of additional 145 experts. The proceedings include in two volumes the 120 papers accepted for oral presentation (acceptance ratio 31%) and the 153 papers accepted as poster papers (acceptance ratio 40%) as also the keynote speeches and invited speeches, the demos  and studio reports.

The scientific program of the conference can be found here: http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/scientific_program.html. The electronic version of the proceedings in two volumes can be downloaded here: http://icmc14-smc14.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142

Β) MUSIC
873 music submissions  from 48 countries. Each submission was reviewed by two or three members of the music committee consisted by 45 renamed composers form 15 different countries. There have been selected 235 pieces (acceptance ratio almost 30%) of acousmatic, interactive instrumental, algorithmic and mixed media music distributed in 25 different concerts at the Onassis Cultural Center, the historical building of the National Bank of Greece (late night Concerts) and at the National Observatory of Athens. The Music program can be found here: http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/music_program.html. The Conference Full program which includes the concerts program notes can be downloaded here: http://icmc14-smc14.eu/images/Publications/ICMC-SMC-2014-Conference-Program.pdf

C) INSTALLATIONS
35 installation submissions from 12 countries.  Finally 16 installations have been selected and have been placed in 12 different spaces all over Athens from the Onassis cultural foundation and the Museum of the Ancient Agora. http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/installations.html

D) SPECIAL SESSIONS
Five special sessions have been organized  additionally in order to emphasize the main theme of the conference and on critical domains of the impact of technology on music creativity and performance, the aesthetics and ethics of computer music. These special sessions have been chaired by A Discipio, Cl. Cadoz and M. Solomos. http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/special_sessions.html

E) WORKSHOP /DEMOS/STUDIO REPORTS
There have been submitted 35 workshops (10 selected), 16 Demos (8 selected) and 8 Studio reports (4 selected). http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/ws-demos-sr.html

F) SUMMER SCHOOL
The 2014 SMC Summer School had a great success as we have received 60 applications from 12 different countries.  There have been selected 35  persons in order to attend this special event which has taken  place in Athens, Greece,  at the Department of Comptuer Sciene and Telecommunications, Unviersity of Athens, right before the SMC/ICMC Conference, between the 11th and 14th of September 2014.  The topic of the summer school was Computational Music Analysis. http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/conference-program/summer-school.html

F) KEYNOTE and INVITED SPEAKERS/COMPOSERS
We have invited five keynote speakers/composers which count among the most influential pioneers and creators in Computer Music and Music Computing: Jean-Claude Risset, John Chowing, Curtis Roads, Peter Nelson, and Gerard Assayag. Their role in redefining Computer Music and Sound and Music Computing through a critical approach is crucial for this conference. We have also invited established composers and researchers to present talks and pieces: Cort Lippe, Clarence Barlow, Agostino Di Scipio, Georgia Spyropoulos, Alan Marsden, Makis Solomos andGeorge Tzanetakis. http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/keynote-speaker.htmlhttp://www.icmc14-smc14.net/program/invited-speakers.html

F) SATELLITE EVENTS
Many satellite events have been organized in parallel to the conference which gave the opportunity to the attendees to visit other places and interact with a different audience. One  of the most attractive satellite events was the one that has been organized at  the Academy of Plato on Tuesday the 16th of September entitled Platonic Rhizomes and which has been followed by 300 persons from ICMC/SMC2014. More information you can find here: http://www.icmc14-smc14.eu/program/satellite-events/platonic-rhizomes-in-computer-music.html

Anastasia Georgaki,  Conference Chair
Ass. Professor, Music Departmen, University of Athens