SMC-22 Calls Overview

SMC-22 (Sound and Music Computing) is a multifaceted event around acoustics, music, and audio technology. It will take place in Saint-Étienne (France) on June 4-12, 2022 and will have the following theme: Music Technology and Design.

After two years of remote conference, the 2022 edition of SMC proposes a hybrid format (in-person and remote) emphasizing music, concerts, events, arts in general, the link between academia and the industry, and above all: design.

Global Timeline

  • October 8th, 2021: SMC-22 call is launched
  • November 15th, 2021: Submission portal opens
  • February 1st, 2022 (strict!): Deadline for submitting an abstract and registering the paper/piece on the conference portal
  • February 8th, 2022 (strict!): Deadline for paper/piece submission
  • March 8th, 2022: Deadline for submitting reviews
  • March 22nd, 2022: Notification of acceptance
  • April 15th, 2022: Early-bird registration
  • April 15th, 2022: Camera-ready version due

Scientific and Technical Track

As for the past two years, the Call for Papers welcomes contributions between 4 and 8 pages. All authors of accepted papers will be required to prepare short 2 minutes videos presenting their work that will be made available on the conference website. Authors of accepted papers attending the conference physically will present their work during poster and demo sessions that will be preceded by poster crazes featuring short 2 minutes oral presentations on each paper. Authors attending the conference remotely will be able to discuss their work in individual Zoom sessions that will take place in parallel to the physical poster sessions of the conference.

In parallel to the scientific track of the conference, participants will be given the opportunity to give 20 minutes oral presentations ("lightning talks") on a subject of their choice (see the "Call for Lightning Talks" below). These presentations will not have to be linked to a specific paper and will be about any SMC-related topic: they should be seen as "mini-keynotes."

A special call in French (see the "Appel à contribution par de jeunes chercheurs" below) is targeting young researchers as part of the JIMs (Journées de l’Informatique Musicale). Accepted papers will lead to oral presentations that will be given in a special session in parallel to the main scientific track.

Finally, a special "industry-oriented" call (see the "Industry-Oriented Call for Participation" below) aiming for technical presentations by engineers and researchers in the industry is launched as well. One afternoon of the conference will be dedicated to the industry.

Artistic Track

A strong focus is put on artistic creation at large for SMC-22. We aim to have an artistic program for this event to be as wide and as open as possible, considering all art forms using audio technology: digital arts, electronic music, popular music, mixed contemporary music, installations, etc. Three parallel calls are launched, targeting various aspects of artistic creation at SMC.

The general SMC Call for Art welcomes all sorts of propositions from the SMC community and beyond. It provides extensive details on the venues that will be available at SMC-22 and on their technical setup (e.g., diffusion system, projectors/screens, size, number of seats, context, etc.) in order for artists to best prepare their submissions.

The Call for Mixed Music specifically targets instrumental pieces involving some form of electronics/technology. A list of the available instruments and ensembles is provided. Performers are all students in their final year at Saint-Étienne conservatory. They will work on selected pieces under the guidance of their teacher. This call follows its own schedule in order to give enough time for the performers to prepare the piece. All selected pieces will be performed during the same concert which will take place at Saint-Étienne opera on June 9th, 2022.

The Call for Mixed Music for Large Ensemble targets pieces written for the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (EOC). Only 2 pieces will be selected for this call. Selected pieces will be performed at Saint-Étienne opera during a concert on June 9th, 2022.

Registration to SMC-22 will be free for all artists who will be part of the artistic program (unless they also have a paper accepted to the scientific track of the conference).


Scientific and Technical Calls

Call for Papers

SMC 2022 welcomes contributions for online and in-person presentations examining all the core topics of the Sound and Music Computing field, including but not limited to:

  • Acoustics and psychoacoustics
  • Artificial intelligence and music technology
  • Algorithms and systems for music composition
  • Architectural acoustics modeling and auralization
  • Assistive technologies
  • Auditory display and data sonification
  • Automatic separation, recognition, classification of sound and music
  • Automatic music generation/accompaniment systems
  • Bioacoustic modeling
  • Computational archeomusicology
  • Computational musicology and ethnomusicology
  • Design of new musical instruments
  • Design of programming languages for audio and music
  • Digital signal processing
  • Digital systems of tuning
  • Educational tools
  • Embedded and hardware systems for sound and music computing
  • Ethics of sound and new technologies
  • Gesture, motion, and music
  • History and aesthetics of electroacoustic music
  • Humanities in sound and music computing
  • Immersive audio/soundscape environments
  • Interaction and improvisation
  • Interaction in music performance
  • Interactive music recommendation
  • Interactive performance systems
  • Protocols and software environments for sound and music computing
  • Mathematical music theory
  • Models for sound analysis
  • Multimodality in sound and music computing
  • Music and robotics
  • Music games and music for games
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music notation systems
  • Music performance analysis and rendering
  • Music therapy
  • New interfaces for musical expression
  • Perception and cognition of sound and music
  • Physical models for sound synthesis
  • Procedural audio
  • Programming languages for signal processing
  • Programming languages for music composition, performance and live coding
  • Recording and mastering automation techniques
  • Sonic interaction design
  • Sound and music for accessibility and special needs
  • Sound/music and the neurosciences
  • Spatial sound and spatialisation techniques
  • Technologies for the preservation, access, and modeling of musical heritage
  • VR/AR applications and technologies for sound and music

The theme of this year's SMC conference is "Music Technology and Design." Submissions emphasizing this topic are strongly encouraged.

Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages, written in English, and not previously published. Papers must be submitted as PDF documents generated from the following template: https://smc22.grame.fr/misc/smc22Templates.zip.

  • Paper abstract submission deadline (strict!): February 1st, 2022.
  • Full paper submission deadline (strict!): February 8th, 2022.

(see: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline for the detailed timeline)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and all accepted papers will be included to the conference Proceedings. Please, note that all accepted papers will be subject to a registration fee in order to be published in the Proceedings (see https://smc22.grame.fr/registration.html). All authors of accepted papers will be required to prepare short 2 minutes videos presenting their work that will be made available on the conference website. Authors of accepted papers attending the conference physically will present their work during poster and demo sessions that will be preceded by poster crazes featuring short 2 minutes oral presentations on each paper. People wishing to give actual oral presentations are encouraged to submit a lightning talk proposal (see the "Call for Lightning Talks" below). Authors attending the conference remotely will be able to discuss their work in individual Zoom sessions that will take place in parallel to the physical poster sessions of the conference. The Proceedings will have an ISBN and the electronic version will be available on the SMC website (http://smcnetwork.org/) and Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/communities/smc/).

For any questions please contact the SMC-22 Scientific Chairs: orlarey@grame.fr or laurent.pottier@univ-st-etienne.fr


Call for Lightning Talks

SMC-22 welcomes lightning talks on a broad range of topics related to Sound and Music Computing. Lightning talks are 20 minutes oral presentations that don’t necessarily have to be linked to an academic paper. They can be about anything: a technology, an ongoing research project, a state of the art, a trend, etc. and take any format. They should be seen as "mini-keynotes." Only a presentation title and an abstract are needed to propose a lightning talk. Submissions can be made using a form that can be found on this webpage: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions. A maximum number of 10 lightning talks will be accepted to SMC-22. The timeline is the same as for conference papers: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline.


Appel à contributions JIM 2022 - jeunes chercheurs

(This part of the call is in French because it specifically targets papers written in French.)

Les JIM sont pilotées par l’Association Francophone d’Informatique Musicale (AFIM) et soutenues par la Direction Générale de la Création Artistique (DGCA) du Ministère français de la Culture.

En 2022, les JIM sont organisées dans une formule différente dans la mesure où Sound and Music Computing (SMC2022), la conférence internationale portant sur les mêmes thématiques, aura lieu cette année en France, à Saint-Etienne.

Les chercheurs francophones sont donc invités à soumettre des propositions à SMC2022 cette année (https://smc22.grame.fr).

Toutefois, une session spéciale JIM2022, en français, sera organisée dans le cadre de SMC 2022 à destination des jeunes chercheurs. Cet appel à contributions JIM 2022 concerne donc cette session spéciale (inscription gratuite).

Afin de rendre SMC-22 accessible au plus grand nombre, les conférences seront ouvertes gratuitement aux auditeurs libres.

Thématiques

L’édition 2022 des JIM reprend les thèmes des années précédentes des conférences :

  • Systèmes informatiques
    • Systèmes et protocoles temps réel pour l'informatique musicale
    • Logiciels libres pour l'analyse, la synthèse, le traitement des sons et la création musicale
    • Nouvelles stratégies pour la sonification de données
    • Algorithmes et interfaces pour la spatialisation sonore
  • Création assistée par ordinateur
    • Environnements et langages d'aide à la composition musicale
    • Orchestration assistée par ordinateur
    • Systèmes pour la création musicale, de la microstructure à la macroforme
    • Systèmes de composition et d'arrangement automatiques
    • Outils informatiques pour la spatialisation et diffusion sonore
  • Interprétation, arts performatifs et technologie
    • Interfaces logicielles et matérielles pour l'interprétation et l'exécution musicale
    • Dispositifs matériels et logiciels pour pièces interactives
    • Modélisation et simulation de l'interprétation musicale
    • Captation et extension numérique du geste instrumental
    • Geste, virtuosité et nouveaux médias
    • Nouvelles interfaces, nouveaux modes de jeu
  • Notation musicale
    • Logiciels de reconnaissance optique de partitions
    • Systèmes pour l'édition et la publication musical
    • Notation et visualisation de la musique
    • Partitions interactives
  • Aspects historiques et préservation
    • Histoire et aspects sociologiques de l'informatique musicale
    • Définition/redéfinition du rôle du réalisateur en informatique musicale (RIM)
    • Normalisation, archivage et transmission de l'information musicale
    • Portage et recréation d'œuvres mixtes et interactives
    • Préservation des œuvres utilisant les technologies numériques
    • Rapports d'activités de centres de recherche musicale
  • Musicologie computationnelle
    • Formalisation et représentation des structures musicales
    • Approches computationnelles de l'analyse musicale
    • Formalisation et modélisation des connaissances musicales
    • Modélisation et simulation de la perception sonore et musicale
    • Outils d'aide à l'analyse musicale
    • Systèmes d'analyse et de traitement du signal acoustique
    • Reconnaissance et extraction automatique des paramètres musicaux
    • Analyse et représentation du geste instrumental

Calendrier

Cet appel suit le même calendrier que celui de la conférence SMC-22: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline.

Soumission des articles

Les articles devront être rédigés en français, pour un minimum de 4 pages et un maximum de 10 pages. Les articles soumis devront être inédits.

Durant les JIM 2022, la présentation des articles sélectionnés par le comité scientifique des journées prendra la forme d'interventions orales d’une durée de 20 minutes suivies de 10 minutes de questions.

La forme de présentation des articles souhaitée par les contributeurs (intervention orale, poster ou démonstration/atelier) sera précisée par ces derniers au moment de la soumission. Le comité d’organisation validera le choix final au moment de l’établissement du programme des journées.

Les articles seront soumis au format PDF. La mise en page devra être réalisée à partir des modèles DOC ou LaTeX disponibles en cliquant sur les liens suivants :

Les articles seront déposés sur la plateforme easychair: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions.

Prix AFIM du jeune chercheur

Le prix AFIM récompense les jeunes chercheurs pour la qualité des travaux qu’ils présentent. Sont éligibles, les chercheurs qui présentent leurs travaux lors des JIM. Ils doivent figurer en tant que premier auteur de l’article soumis et assurer la présentation orale de cet article. Le montant du prix du jeune chercheur AFIM est de 500 euros.

Appel à œuvres musicales ou sonores

Voir l'appel SMC 2022.


Industry-Oriented Call for Presentations

For its 2022 edition, SMC would like to reinforce the link between academia and the industry. For that, one entire afternoon of the conference will be dedicated to the industry by giving the opportunity to companies of the music technology sector to give 20 minutes technical talks on the topic of their choice. These presentations can feature a technology used in a product, the use of new DSP algorithms, demos of new tools, etc. The only requirement is that it should emphasize some technical/engineering aspect.

Presentation topics can be proposed by submitting a presentation title and an abstract through the form available on this webpage: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions. The timeline is the same as for conference papers: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline. Note that presenters of accepted talks will have to pay the regular registration fee of the conference.

Please, also consider becoming a sponsor of SMC-22: https://smc22.grame.fr/sponsoring.html


Artistic Calls

General SMC Call for Art

SMC 2022 invites submissions of art works in any of the following categories:

  • Fixed media electronic/electroacoustic music with/without video
  • Live electronics performance
  • Live audiovisual performance
  • Live coding
  • Algorithmic composition
  • Music + live video processing
  • Improvisation/Comprovisation + electronics
  • Performance art + electronics
  • ML/AI + electronics
  • Interactive art
  • Sound installation
  • Audiovisual installation

Works between or outside of these categories are welcome as long as they include the use of technology and sound!

Submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed by an international expert committee.

General Guidelines

Works should not exceed 12 minutes in length, though longer works may be selected in exceptional cases. Works with shorter durations (e.g., 5-8 minutes) are highly encouraged.

  • Please note that in this category (Art) no performers will be provided by the conference organizers. For live performances, authors should either perform themselves or bring performers with them. For works with instruments and electronics, please consider submitting to the Mixed Music category.
  • The call is open to all composers regardless of nationality, age, or career stage.
  • We highly encourage submissions by artists from historically underrepresented/disadvantaged groups in the field of sound and computing, including but not limited to cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, BIPOC, or people with disabilities.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be made using the EasyChair submission webpage: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions.
  • Submit a single PDF document with the following information:
    • Author's names
    • Title of the work
    • Duration of the work
    • Year of creation
    • 200-words program note
    • A clear description of the technical and set up requirements, including what equipment the author can bring and what would be required from the venue.
    • Indicate the venue that fits the work best (the list of venues can be found here: https://smc22.grame.fr/venues.html).
    • One link to an audio and/or video recording either of the work itself or of any documentation from a previous performance/exhibition.
    • Any additional materials available, such as scores, diagrams, notes, photo documentation, etc. should be submitted either as links or directly in the PDF.
  • Please make sure that the links in the PDF are available through February 2022.
  • After the review process, biography and other materials will be requested from accepted artists.

Timeline

A draft version of the music proposal has to be submitted by February 1, 2022. If your submission has not been registered in the system by this date it will be rejected immediately. Those who submit a draft version will be allowed to update it with the final version within a week. The final submission must be uploaded by February 8, 2022. For more information on conference dates, please visit https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline.

For any questions please contact the SMC-22 Music Chairs: Constantin Basica (cobasica@ccrma.stanford.edu) or Jérôme Villeneuve (jerome.villeneuve@gipsa-lab.fr).


Call for Mixed Music

SMC-22 welcomes written mixed music (instrument(s) + electronics) for the following instruments and ensembles:

  • Flute, cello, and piano trio (7 minutes max)
  • Flute, oboe, clarinet Bb/A, bass clarinet quartet (7 minutes max)
  • Solo violin (5 minutes max)
  • Violin and cello duet (6 to 7 minutes max)
  • Solo double bass (7 minutes max)
  • Solo acoustic guitar (7 minutes max)
  • Solo tenor singer (7 minutes max)
  • Solo trumpet (5 minutes max)
  • Solo french horn (5 minutes max)
  • Solo trombone (5 minutes max)
  • Trumpet, french horn and trombone trio (5 minutes max)
  • Solo alto saxophone (7 minutes max)

Only mixed music pieces (with electronics) will be considered. Solo instruments cannot be combined to make "custom ensembles:" only the ensembles in the above can be considered. The electronic portion can take any form: Max/MSP patch, DMI, sound objects, synthesizer, etc. An 8.1 surround sound system will be available in the venue for the final performance. This special call is offered as part of a collaboration between Saint-Étienne conservatory (conservatoire Massenet) and SMC-22. All performers in the above list are current students in their final year. Students will work on the selected scores with the help of their professor. SMC-22 will provide a computer music/music technology assistant (RIM) to help with the technological side of each selected piece in collaboration with their composer. To give enough time for the performers, their professors, and the RIM to prepare each piece, the following special schedule for this call has been established:

  • December 1st, 2021 (strict!): deadline for registering the piece on the submission portal (easychair)
  • December 15th, 2021 (strict): deadline for submitting the piece
  • January 17th, 2022: notification of acceptance

(see: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#timeline for the detailed timeline)

Accepted pieces will be performed at Saint-Étienne's Opera on June 9th, 2022 as part of the SMC-22 music program.

Instructions on how to submit a piece to this special call can be found on the SMC-22 website: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions. Candidate composers will have to provide the following elements in a single PDF document:

  • Title of the piece
  • Authors’ names
  • Year of creation
  • 200-word program note
  • The score and the instructions on how to perform it
  • Technical setup description
  • Any special request regarding equipment, technology, etc.
  • Any additional material available

Call for Mixed Music for Large Ensemble (EOC)

SMC-22 welcomes written mixed music pieces (instrument(s) + electronics) for the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (EOC) directed by Bruno Montovani (https://www.eoc.fr). The following instruments will be available:

  • 1 flute
  • 1 oboe
  • 1 clarinet
  • 1 bassoon
  • 1 French horn
  • 1 trumpet
  • 1 trombone
  • 1 percussionist
  • 1 piano
  • 1 harp
  • 1 violin
  • 1 viola
  • 1 cello
  • 1 double bass

Only 2 pieces (7 minutes max) will be selected for this call. Submitted pieces should involve the use of technology/electronics. This can take any form: Max/MSP patch, DMI, sound objects, synthesizers, etc. An 8.1 surround sound system will be available in the venue for the final performance. We encourage composers to submit both existing or new pieces. Submitted pieces don't necessarily need to use all the instruments in the above list.

Accepted pieces will be performed at Saint-Étienne's Opera on June 9th, 2022 as part of the SMC-22 music program.

Instructions on how to submit a piece to this special call can be found on the SMC-22 website: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#submissions. Candidate composers will have to provide the following elements:

  • the score and the instructions on how to perform it (pdf document)
  • technical setup description
  • any special request regarding equipment, technology, etc.

The timeline is the same as for other submissions: https://smc22.grame.fr/calls.html#dates

How to Submit?

More information will be posted in this section towards mid-November.