New Interfaces for Musical Expression

June 15-18, 2021, at New York University Shanghai, in Shanghai, China

Call For Papers

We welcome submissions of original research on scientific and artistic development and use of new interfaces for musical expression.

There are three different paper submission categories:

  • Full paper (up to 5000 words in proceedings, recorded-video & poster presentation, optional demo)
  • Short paper (up to 3000 words in proceedings, recorded-video & poster presentation, optional demo)
  • Demo paper (up to 1500 words in proceedings, recorded-video & demo presentation. The paper should include a link to audio-visual documentation showcasing the technology and/or activity to be demonstrated.)
General Topics:

Original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel controllers, interfaces or instruments for musical expression
  • Augmented, embedded and hyper instruments
  • Technologies or systems for collaborative music-making
  • New performance paradigms for mobile music-making
  • Music-related human-computer interaction
  • Sensor and actuator technologies, including haptics and force feedback devices
  • Musical mapping strategies
  • Explorations of relationships between motion, gesture and music
  • Evaluation and user studies of new interfaces for musical expression
  • Evaluation and user studies of commercially available “off the shelf” interfaces
  • Interfaces for musical expression for people with special needs
  • Musical applications of robotics
  • Interactive sound art and installations
  • Performance rendering and generative algorithms
  • Machine learning in musical performance
  • Web-based music performance
  • Software frameworks, interface protocols, and data formats, for supporting musical interaction
  • Historical, theoretical or philosophical discussions about designing or performing with new interfaces
  • Discussions about the artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
  • Sonic interaction design
  • Pedagogical perspectives or reports on student projects in the framework of NIME-related courses
  • Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism
Paper Review Process:

All paper submissions will be subjected to a rigorous double-blind peer review process by an international committee of experts. All of the submitted papers should demonstrate rigorous research methodology and will be evaluated according to the following criteria: novelty, academic quality, appropriateness of topic, importance, readability, ethical standards, and paper organization. Authors should also familiarize themselves with the NIME statements on diversity and environmental issues.

The review process is as follows:

  1. Each paper submission will be assigned to at least 3 reviewers for independent evaluation.
  2. A meta-reviewer will moderate a discussion amongst the reviewers, write a summary review, and recommend whether to accept the paper.
  3. The paper chairs will make the final decision on paper acceptance and will inform the author(s) of their decision along with the reviewers’ comments.

Please note this review process is double-blind, meaning reviewers remain anonymous to the authors and vice-versa. It is expected that authors respect the NIME Ethical guidelines for NIME publications.

Submission Guide:

NIME will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. To submit a paper to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the “ Create Paper Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted paper and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process.
  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. This is not required, but if you copy the template, it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil-like icon beside your name, click on it, and delete your name on the "Edit Pub contributors" panel. (The submission is still attached to your Pubpub account).
  5. Download your Pub. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  6. Submit your paper to the NIME conference management system.
Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Call For Art Installations

We invite submissions of art installations on new interfaces for musical expression. NIME 2021 will provide several locations that can be used to exhibit new music installation works. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues. Authors could optionally provide a documentation video of the installation for the online attendees. Submitted proposals will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. Documentation of the installations will be available online after the conference.

If an art installation is selected for exhibition at NIME and the proposing artists cannot attend due to an international travel ban, we invite the artists to provide links and access that attendees can experience online.

In order to present an installation for NIME 2021, please submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 1500 words, containing the following information:

  • The title of the work
  • Names of contributing artists
  • A clear description of the proposed installation with photos, schematics diagram that could provide reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization.
  • A link to audio-visual documentation (if available). The documentation link should use an unrestricted streaming service, such as SoundCloud, Bilibili, or YouTube.
  • Space requirements: This should include size and space requirements to display your work. Please indicate whether the work would be more suitable for a university environment (hallways, staircases and indoor and outdoor plazas), gallery, public space or other venue. For networked & web-based work, please include the technical information and system requirements.
  • Floor Plan & Logistical requirement: This should indicate requirements for your installation, including how much time it requires to set up, diagrams for space utilization, networked needs, etc.
  • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the installation. Include documentation and list of previous installations of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
  • Equipment Requirements: Clearly indicate what you will bring and what you would require the conference organizers to provide.
Submission Guideline:

NIME will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. To submit an art installation to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the “ Create Installation Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted installation and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process.
  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. This is not required, but if you copy the template, it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil-like icon beside your name, click on it, and delete your name on the "Edit Pub contributors" panel. (The submission is still attached to your Pubpub account).
  5. Download your Pub. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  6. Submit your installation to the NIME conference management system.
Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Call For Workshops

NIME 2021 welcomes the submission of Workshop Proposals. Workshops may be in any area of NIME themes or topics.

Typical NIME workshops have been half-day or full-day workshops, with some specialized workshops with shorter times (one or two hours).

A submission includes:

  • Workshop Title
  • Speaker List: Include Workshop organizer(s) with short bio(s) up to 200 words including background relating to proposed topic, and affiliation and contact information. Include additional speakers name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information.
  • Workshop Description up to 750 words, clearly describing the topic and nature of the workshop.
  • Short Description up to 70 words, for conference program.
  • Preferred length of workshop (half-day, full-day, or number of hours).
  • Description of technical and space requirements (e.g. projector, speakers, computers, soldering equipment, etc.), Please include information on contingencies for in-person, virtual, and blended modes, and whether virtual and blended formats are possible for this Workshop.
  • Optional links to supporting audio, visual, and/or online documentation, e.g. a workshop web page. Any media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as Vimeo or Bilibili.
Workshop Review Process:

Workshops will be curated by the Workshop co-chairs and associated review committee, based on the Workshop proposal’s relevance to the NIME conference and conference theme, and feasibility. As a result, the feedback on these curated acceptances and rejections will be limited. Workshop proposal submissions are not anonymized.

Submission Guide:

NIME will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. To submit a workshop paper to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the “ Create Workshop Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted workshop paper and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process.
  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. This is not required, but if you copy the template, it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil-like icon beside your name, click on it, and delete your name on the "Edit Pub contributors" panel. (The submission is still attached to your Pubpub account).
  5. Download your Pub. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  6. Submit your workshop paper to the NIME conference management system.
Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Call For Music

NIME 2021 invites submission of proposals that showcase New Interfaces for Musical Expression in performance and composition. We look forward to receiving submissions that expand and reshape our understanding of NIME in the conceptualization, performance, and perception of music.

Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, however, proposals for shorter or longer performances will also be accepted. Submissions can be for existing works as well as proposals for new ones. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, submissions that focus on novel forms of online performance will be given special consideration. We highly welcome submissions from authors from under-represented communities along the lines of race, sex, gender, gender identity, age, ability, socio-economic background or status in and outside of academia.

If a music submission is selected for performance at NIME, proposing artists are expected to be available to perform their work on any day of the conference. The NIME 2021 organization is unable to consider requests for musical performances to happen on specific days.

Please contact the music chairs with any questions regarding the suitability of a potential NIME performance submission.

Music Review Process:

Given the nature of music submissions, we understand that full anonymity may be difficult to achieve without compromising the supporting material. However, contributors should meet these basic criteria of anonymization:

  • Avoid any trace of the authors’ names and affiliations in the written material.
  • Use PubPub’s built-in media uploader to host video, audio or image files.
  • Identity and affiliations of the author(s) should not be mentioned in the title, description or opening/closing credits of the submitted media.

The review process is as follows:

  1. Each submission will be assigned to, at least, 3 reviewers for independent evaluation.
  2. A meta-reviewer will moderate a discussion amongst the reviewers, write a summary review, and recommend whether to accept or reject the performance.
  3. The music chairs will make the final decision on acceptance and will inform the authors of their decision along with the reviewers’ comments.
Submission Guide:

NIME will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. To submit a music to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the “ Create Music Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted music and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process.
  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. This is not required, but if you copy the template, it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil-like icon beside your name, click on it, and delete your name on the "Edit Pub contributors" panel. (The submission is still attached to your Pubpub account).
  5. Download your Pub. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  6. Submit your music to the NIME conference management system.
Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Call For Work-In-Progress Showcase

We welcome the submission of proposals for demonstrations of work in progress accompanied by an extended abstract. This category is especially suitable for submissions from young professionals, students, and first-time NIME attendees.

PROPOSALS (COMPILED IN A SINGLE PDF) SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • Abstract with demo description and technical introduction (300-500 words)
  • Author bio(s) (200 words max)
  • A link to audio-visual documentation showcasing the technology and/or activity to be demonstrated. The documentation link containing media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as Vimeo, YouTube or Bilibili.
Submission Guideline:

NIME will be using Pubpub, a multimedia platform for publication. To submit a showcase to NIME 2021, follow these steps (a detailed description of this process is forthcoming):

  1. Create an account on PubPub if you do not have one already.
  2. Create a Pub — Click the “ Create Showcase Submission” button on the PubPub Submissions page. This will be your submitted showcase and will eventually be published if accepted by the review process.
  3. Copy this template to your new Pub. This is not required, but if you copy the template, it will be available for quick reference. Of course, you will ultimately delete or replace everything from the template with your own content.
  4. Make sure your Pub is anonymous. Find the pencil-like icon beside your name, click on it, and delete your name on the "Edit Pub contributors" panel. (The submission is still attached to your Pubpub account).
  5. Download your Pub. Find the Download button to the right of the title near the top of your Pub.
  6. Submit your showcase to the NIME conference management system.
Please see this PubPub document for more information on submission format and preparing your submission.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth Time Zone (UTC - 12)

Paper submission deadline
January 22nd, 2021
Paper final submission upload deadline
January 31st, 2021
Music and Installation submission extended deadline
February 10th, 2021
Music and Installation extended final submission upload deadline
February 19th, 2021
Work-In-Progress Showcases and Workshops submission deadline
March 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptances and rejections
March 15th-19th, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
April 4th, 2021
Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline
April 10th, 2021
Pre-conference workshops
June 14th, 2021
The Conference
June 15th-18th, 2021

Contact

General co-chairs:
Paper co-chairs:
Workshop co-chairs:
Music co-chairs:
Demo chairs:
Installation co-chairs:
Sponsorship chair:

Organizers


NYU Shanghai