THE ISEA NEWSLETTER # 9, SEPTEMBER 1992 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editors: Wim van der Plas, Dirk Boon (Holland) Correspondents: Yoshiyuki Abe (Japan), Roger Malina (US), Ivan Pope (UK),Leslie Bishko (US) ISEA, POB 60103, 9703 BC Groningen, The Netherlands Tel 31-50-425254, Fax 31-75-701906 Email ISEA@RUG.NL or A430WYNA@DIAMOND.SARA.NL ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONTENTS ISEA BOARD Wim van der Plas LANGUAGES OF DESIGN Ray Lauzzanna ICMC 1993 Yoshiyuki Abe HALL OF WHISPERS: A VIRTUAL OPERA Leslie Bishko NEWS FROM THE UK Ivan Pope JMACS SS'92 Yoshiyuki Abe SELECTED ITEMS FROM FINEART FORUM CALENDAR ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ISEA BOARD Wim van der Plas So far, there are 5 candidates for ISEA Board positions. Since the maximum number of members is 7, there is no need for elections. However, resumes of the 5 candidates will be sent to all regular members, so that eventual objections can be sent in. Together with the resumes, we will include a proposal for new membership fees. Members are invited to react. The results will be published in the newsletter. Presently the ISEA board is investigating possibilities to provide ISEA members with Email facilities at low costs. For practical reasons, we will try to serve Holland first, then EEC member countries and then, we hope, the rest of Europe. Of course we will not stop there! We will keep you informed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- LANGUAGES OF DESIGN Editor-in-Chief: dr. Raymond Lauzzana Managing Editor: Denise Penrose Aims and Scope: LANGUAGES OF DESIGN is an international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to research in formal languages and their use for the synthesis of words, images and sounds. LANGUAGES OF DESIGN welcomes articles employing linguistic techniques to generate literary and 'nonliterary' texts, music and visual works, including fine art, dance, theater, architecture and all types of design. The multidisciplinary focus is reflected in the composition of the journal's editorial board, which includes literary theorists, music theorists and composers, researchers in artificial intelligence, artists and art critics. Formal design theory, generative grammars, shape gram- mars, and computational musicology are the central domain of the journal. More general subject areas such as formal languages, finite state automata, grammatical inference, pattern recognition, cellular automata, semantic networks, connectionism and syntactical analysis will be dis- cussed in the context of their application to productive systems. Specific analytic perspectives such as syntactics, semiotics, deconstruction, hermeneutics, stylistics, narratology, philology, morphology, prosody, harmony theory, formal musicology and performance analysis will be presented in terms of their impact and influence on a theoretical foun- dation for productive systems. Research results from visual, audio, and textual analysis that may have impact on the arts are also invited. Of particular interest is research utilising computational methods to verify theoretical formal analyses. Articles criticising the assumptions and results of this work are also encouraged. Subscription: Dfl. 347,- (approx US $ 217) ISSN 0927-3034 Elsevier Science Publishers c/o Petra van der Meer, POB 103, 1000 AC Amsterdam, Holland or Journal Information Center, POB 882, Madison Square Station, New York, NY 10159, USA ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ICMC 1993 Yoshiyuki Abe Call for Submissions == tentative version == September 10 - 15, 1993 Waseda University Center for Schoraly Information, Tokyo JAPAN International Computer Music Association and Waseda university The International Computer Music Conference(ICMC) is an annual conference featuring artistic, scientific, technological, and other activities that relate computers with music. The ICMCs are presented under the guidlines of the International Computer Music Association(ICMA). The ICMC 1993 will be held on September 10-15, 1993 at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, under the conference theme [Opening a New Horizon]. This is the first ICMC to be held in Asia, and all who are interested are invited to contribute and participate. The conference program will include concerts, paper sessions, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, panels, invited talkes, and a vendor exhibition, with highlight features contrasting the traditional and advanced technological aspects of music in Japan. The categories for submission are computer music works, papers, and demonstrations. Proposals for other conference activities are also welcome. The official language of the conference is English. All materials must be presented in English. PAPERS and DEMOSTRATIONS Submissions are encouraged on substantial, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of computer music. To facilitate the review process, authors are requested to specify appropriate content areas, selecting from (but not limited to) the categories listed below: *Sound/Signal Processing, Analysis and Synthesis *Composition and Performance *Education/Tutoring Systems *Notation Systems *MIDI and standardization *Applications of Music theory/Analysis *Software/Hardware Systems/Tools *Perception, Cognition and Emotion *Physical Models *Theory and Foundation *Linkage with Other Media(e.g. Virtual Reality) *Studio Reports *Others, Inter-Categorical (please specify) Each accepted paper or demonstration is entitled to an article in the proceedings and a certain time for presentation, according to one of the categories listed below. *Long paper 8 pages 30 min. *Regular paper 4 pages 20 min. *poster 2 pages 45 min. *Demonstration 4 pages 45 min. Studio Reports must be submitted as regular papers. Demonstrators must supply their own equipment. Posters and demonstrations will be assigned separate spaces for presentation. The Paper Committee reserves the right to alter the requested category of presentation. Three photocopies of the abstract, which should be 500 words or less, must be sent together with the completed Paper or Demonstrations Submission Form to the ICMC 1993 Secretariat by Jan 30, 1993. The abstracts will be reviewed by an inter- national forum of referees. The accepted author(s) must prepare a camera-ready copy of the full paper (which will be published as part of the conference proceedings) to be presented at the conference. The final articles must be received camera-ready by June 15, 1993. MUSIC WORKS The following six categories of music works will be considered: *Interactive Live Computer Music: Interactive music in various forms based on innovative and creative use of computers. (e.g. virtual reality, neuro-computing) *Music for Computers: Digitally-produced music assisted by computers. Performed in real time or using tapes produced in studios. *Music for Instruments and/or Voices and Computers (live or pre- recorded tape): Instruments may be any acoustic ones. (Western/ Eastern, traditional, etc.) *Music for Experimental Instruments and Computers (live or pre- recorded tape): Any experimental instruments (digital or non- digital) can be used. *Computer Music with Visual Art (video and/or dance and others) *Algorithmic Compositions: Music composed with the aid of computer programs. Other innovative use of computers not falling in the above categories will also be considered. All submissions should comply with [the limitations] described in the Music Submission Form. Materials for each submission (tapes and/or scores) must be sent together with a completed Music Submission Form to the ICMC 1993 Secretariat by Jan 30, 1993. Non- ICMA members who wish to submit music works must pay a sbumission fee of 3000 yen. Music to be performed at the conference will be selected by an international committee. The final program notes and composers' biographies for accepted music works must be received camera-ready by June 15, 1993. CALL FOR PROPOSALS The ICMC Paper Committee invites proposals for conference activities including: *Tutorial themes and tutors *Workshop themes and organizers *Panel discussion themes and speakers The proposal should contain a brief description of the proposed activity, a statement of its relevance and/or importance, the projected agenda, and other relevant information. Proposals must be received by the ICMC 1993 secretariat by Nov 15, 1992. Proposals will be reviewed on receipt for approval by the Paper Committee. IMPORTANT DATES Nov 15, 1992: Proposal deadline Jan 30, 1993: Submission deadline Feb 27, 1993: Acknowledgement of receipt of materials Apr 15, 1993: Notification of acceptance or rejection Jun 15, 1993: Final camera-ready versions and performance materials deadline All submissions should be sent to the following ICMC 1993 Secretariat. Conference information and extra submission kits are available from the secretariat. ICMC 1993 Secretariat c/o The Campus Corporation Babashita-cho 9, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162 JAPAN Tel: +81-3-3202-7521 Fax: +81-3-3202-7523 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org This tentative version will be authorized at ICMC'92 in San Jose next month. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ HALL OF WHISPERS: A VIRTUAL OPERA Leslie Bishko Coordinated by Brian Andreas. In conjunction with John F. Kennedy University Graduate School for Human Consciousness, Orinda, CA , USA September 1992 - January 1993 The invitation to participate in the HALL OF WHISPERS goes out via e-mail, FAX, and snail mail around the world. Participants send their wishes for the future, their thoughts on the present, their meanings gathered from the textures of their lives to the HALL OF WHISPERS. As these stories are connected with the stories from other participants, the connecting links are sent back to gather more connections. The stories and their connec- tions will be on exhibition at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, USA in text form. The HALL OF WHISPERS Virtual Opera in its full voice synthesized and digitized human voice form will be open to audiences at the studio in Berkeley. There will be a chance for audiences at both locations to respond directly to the work they read or hear. Documentation in the form of selected audio tapes of the opera and selected stories and their interconnections in DTP will be available to participants both on the nets and in hard copy. Project Schedule: I. Call for participation: August - November 15, 1992 II. Interchange: September 1 - December 15, 1992 III. Exhibition: November 15 - December 15, 1992 IV. Documentation: December 15 - January 30, 1993 Project Guidelines are available from ISEA or from: Brian Andreas, 2972 Otis St., Berkeley, CA 94703, USA Tel: 1-510-5483452, Fax: 1-510-5485742, E-mail: email@example.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS FROM THE UK Ivan Pope GRANT Ivan Pope, artist and ISEA correspondent, has been awarded a grant from the Live Art Travel & Research Fund of the Arts Council of Great Britain to travel to TISEA in Sydney. This is the first time this fund has been available and the grant is an indication of the interest that the Arts Council is showing in electronic media. The following is quoted from the funding application: "As an artist who works with electronic media in live art, I am involved in a number of projects that seek to promote experimentation with and integration of live work and electronic media. In addition to my work as an artist, I am concerned to promote the fusion of new technologies and live art practice, with the emphasis on art, not technology". UK FESTIVAL OF ARTS Nothingham, UK -Now Between 2nd and 15th October 1992, Contemporary Archives will present Now '92. Now '92 is billed as a showcase of " the most daring and remarkable performers from the UK and beyond in a six week programme spanning dance, theatre, visual arts, films, video, music and many shows which defy description by combining elements of all these." -New Media Weekend 17th-18th Oct 1992 A weekend event of discussion, debate and performances on the theme of the integration of new and broadcast media into the live arts. New Tech- nologies, New Opportunities: A Symposium. A day of discussion about the opportunities created for performing artists through the development of new and broadcast media such as virtual reality, video, TV, satellite, cable, sound sampling etc. Steve Rogers Memorial Lecture: Each year the Lecture is given by an individual whose work has advanced the field of live art. Artist Talks: Philip Jeck and John Jordan in discussion. -Vinyl Requiem Philip Jeck - Vinyl Requiem: The Brass Section. Installation, work in progress and performance of the newest part of Philip Jeck's "scratch orchestra". -Forkbeard Fantasy An experiment in contraprojection. For more details contact box office, tel: 44-602-419419 HYBRID A new magazine, Hybrid, will be launched in February 1993. UK magazine to cover cross-platform arts and technology Hybrid will cover live art, performance art, multi-media work, new technology, new music, video and film experiments, dance theatre, carnival, popular culture, installations, time-based art and collaborative work across art forms. Hybrid is financially and practically supported by the Arts Council of Great Britain and has been started after the failure of Performance magazine, the work of which it will continue and extend. Info tel: 44-71-8315143 (David Hughes) INSTALLATION Nothing Travels Faster Than Light, An Installation by Simulations, London Unwahr Gallery, Kl. Hamburger Str. 16, Ecke Auguststr, Berlin, Germany 19 September - 4 October 1992 "Nothing travels faster than light" is an experimental work to be shown in the Unwahr Gallery in Berlin. The work is conceived and executed by the artists collective of Simulations. It consists of 200 electric light bulbs and computer generated videographics electronically linked by an accom- panying soundtrack, thus forming an integrated system. Simulations is a fluid organisation, participants moving freely in and out of the group. For this project Simulations consists of James Kelly, Stephen Klimas, Jens Heise and Kevin Rowe. Klimas and Heise are German, Kelly and Rowe British, reflecting Simulations European focus. "Nothing travels faster than light: seeks to raise questions concerning our faith in the absolute postulates of science. It does this by utilising the latest commercial applications of technology. Ideological content attempting to subvert material form. Information tel: 49-30-6115510 (Marcel Hager, Unwahr Galerie, Berlin) or: 44-71-3596715 (Kevin Rowe, Simulations, London) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- JMACS SS'92 Yoshiyuki Abe Japan Music And Computer Science Society(JMACS) held the Summer Sym- posium(SS'92) on Sept.1-3, at Waseda University in Tokyo. Since JMACS was established in 1985, its bimonthly meeting and annual summer symposium have been providing a good place to communicate with person from other fields. This year, Summer symposium, the main event of JMACS, was featured as the rehearsal for the International Computer Music Conference 1993 (ICMC'93). Researchers, educators, artists, students and so on, who are in the fields of computer music, computer science and engineering, computer art, musicology, psychology, from academic and industrial sites, totally 120 attended at Paper session and Tutorial, and a large audience(150+) enjoyed the substantial program of the tape and live concerts performed in the well equipped hall. CONCERT SESSION I (Tape Concert) included the latest works of Marc Battier, Chris Chafe, Trevor Wishart, Tommy Zwedberg, Pierre Bernard, Francis Dhomont, Carlos Gratzer, Hans Mittendorf, Gerard Pape, Brigitte Robindore,Zack Settel,Cort Lippe, Shoji Yamashiro, Takuya Shigeta, Masahiro Miwa, Shohin Kanki, and Suguru Taninaka. CONCERT SESSION II (Live Performance) included Sakae Fuchino: "Farbenlehre II" for Piano and computer(1991), Shigenobu Nakamura: "Interface Concerto" (Live computer music for keyboard player and MIDI-system(1992)), Takehito Shimuza: "void main" in quest of the interactive world between a Shakuhachi-player and a computer music system(1992), Kazuo Uehara: "Chaos alpha II" for MIDI piano and computer with sound-objet and video(1991), Ikue Furitsu: "Curious fish" from "Myth of 20th century" for NeXT and Koto with video performance(1991), Hinoharu Matsumoto: "Le premier oiseau". During the symposium, "Nervous nest" by Saburo HIRANO was demonstrated at the lobby. PAPER SESSION presented following 12 titles. (Minor changes for the title are given onto Hatayama's and Yamada's to prevent misunderstandings.) Y.NAGASHIMA, "An experiment of Neuro Granulation", B.BELET, "Using the Kyma digital synthesis system as a single, unified environment for real-time software synthesis, algorithmic composition, and live perfor- mance", A.YOSHIKAWA, "Composition support system using fuzzy operation" M.HATAYAMA et al, "Music performance system consists of 90 personal computers connected through local area network", S.WAKE et al, "The session system reacting to the sentiment of player", M.AKITA et al, "Extracting a score from polytone using four-layered feedforward neural networks", M.FUKINO, "A way to place three dimensional sound sources" M.YAMADA et al, "Evaluation of naturalness of Ocarina sounds simulated by frequency and/or amplitude modulated sine waves", S.OMURA et al, "Effects of pitch information on metric interpretation in melody perception" T.MURAO, "Identifying structural tones through an objective assessment of closure points", Y.HORIUCHI et al, "A computer accompaniment system considering independence of accompanist", W.INOUE et al, "Automated accompaniment system for singing" TUTORIAL: Toshio HAYASAKA: "Non-science of musical instruments" Toshiaki Matsushima, JMACS SS'92 Chair e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Information about ICMC'93 are available from ICMC 1993 Secretariat c/o The Campus Corporation, Babashita-cho 9, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162, JAPAN Tel: +81-3-3202-7521, Fax: +81-3-3202-7523, Email: email@example.com __________________________________________________________________________ Selected items from Fineart Forum , Volume 6 #9 and Leonardo Electronic News, September 15, 1992 The Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts contributes to Fineart Forum and republishes the items on electronic art on behalf of its members. FAF and LEN are published by the International Society for Art, Science and Technology on behalf of The Art, Science and Technology Network. _________________________________________________________________________ ARTS, DESIGN, AND MEDIA COMMITTEE & SURVEY Jane Veeder This year as I completed a two-year term as Director-at-Large of SIGGRAPH, I launched a new SIGGRAPH committee (ADM) dedicated to giving the computer arts, design, and media community a voice within the organization. This community is active and makes contributions throughout the computer graphics field. Through formal efforts under the SIGGRAPH umbrella, there is great potential to enrich the environment within which this community works, e.g. promotion of Artist-in-Residencies in research and industry, endowed arts awards, collaboration with arts organizations abroad, and conference events. The initial definition is broad, including fine artists, all types of designers, and creative arts workers in commercial media production. More specific focuses within the ADM committee will be formed and the future may bring splinter groups with their own distinct identity and mission. The SIGGRAPH Arts, Design, and Media Survey (approx 470 distributed at the conference) was an effort to collect information about this community in order to assess current SIGGRAPH programs and lay plans for the future. I also conducted the first meeting of the ADM Committee, attended by about 75 people and witness to lively dis
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