[CFP] Fifth International Symposium on Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories

26-29 June, 2014
Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe –
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI)
Am Schloss Gottesaue 7, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Keynote speaker: Rolf Inge Godøy (University of Oslo)

We are pleased to announce the Fifth International Symposium on Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories (MuSA 2014), an interdisciplinary event to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI). MuSA 2014 is also supported by Middlesex University, London.

Proposals for sessions and individual papers for the Fifth International Symposium on Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories are invited from academics, independent researchers, practitioners and post-graduate students. Presentation formats include academic research papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); reports on practice-based/artistic research or educational programmes (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); and workshops and panel sessions (30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion). The Symposium committee encourages presentations in which practice forms an integral part of the research. All proposals will be ‘blind’ peer-reviewed. The Symposium language will be English.


The principal aim of MuSA 2014 is to advance interdisciplinary investigations in – as well as between – music and sonic art. MuSA 2014 continues to promote this aim by probing the role of embodied approaches through this year’s theme:

exploring embodiment in music and sonic art.

We invite submissions on the following, and other related topics:

• Body movement and emergence of meaning;
• Embodied approaches to creativity;
• Kinematics and haptics as background for music and sonic art    research;
• Gesture and expression;
• Methods for embodied analysis;
• Phenomenology of the performing body;
• The body within socio-cultural contexts of music and sonic art;
• Pedagogical contexts for embodied approaches to music and sonic art;
• The body in interpersonal sound-based communication;
• Ecological, biological, neuroscientific and evolutionary approaches to embodiment;
• Historical roots of embodied approaches in theory and practice;
• Technology and embodiment;
• Critical discourses of embodiment in practice and research;
• Embodied aesthetics;
• Embodiment in collaborative research;

Within the thriving discipline of musical performance studies, there is a
general tendency to speak of ‘the performer’ as an abstract category
without taking into account the kind of musical instrument that mediates
the act of music making and music as a temporally emergent, sounding
phenomenon. In reality, different kinds of musical instruments involve
different expressive means (and at times different expressive/artistic
aims), engender different phenomenologies of performance making, and generate different kinds of performer identities. The nature of the
embodied interaction with different instruments in composition and
performance, and the expressive and communicative meanings that emerge as a result of such interaction constitute a largely unexplored research territory.

The purpose of this one-day event within MuSA 2014 is to re-think the
nature of the relationship between music making and the musical instrument.  Some of the topics that will be explored include:

• The acoustical, musical, cultural, symbolic, and ritualistic
qualities of musical instruments and the relationships between these
(theoretically) distinct kinds of qualities;
• The discourses that exist in relation to musical instruments in
different genres, styles and traditions;
• The gestural affordances and ergonomic principles of musical
instruments and the musical meanings that emerge as a result of these
affordances and principles;
• Performers, improvisers and their instruments: phenomenologies of
music making in the context of particular kinds of musical instruments;
• Composer and instruments: the material, acoustical and expressive
qualities of instruments and their relationship to musical languages
composers create;
• Relationships between creativity in performance, nature of musical
interpretation and musical instruments;
• The role of the musical instrument in the creation of musical

We invite proposals on any research area related to the nature and use of western acoustical instruments, traditional ethnic instruments and
digital/virtual instruments:


Please submit an abstract of approximately 250-300 words as an e-mail attachment to musa2014@btinternet.com

As contributions will be ‘blind’ peer-reviewed, please do not include
information that might facilitate identification from the abstract. In
addition, please include separately the name(s) of the author(s),
institutional affiliation (if any) and short biography (approximately 100
words). Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Friday, 21 March 2014.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 April.

Please specify whether you wish your abstract to be considered for the
one-day ‘Re-thinking the musical instrument’ event.


The Symposium fees are: €120 for delegates, €100 for presenters and €60 for students and others who qualify for concessions.


Listening to traffic with guts and antennae

Soundwalking Interactions

“Listening to traffic with guts and antennae” is a paper that I presented at the symposium Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension, held at the International Cultural Institute in Berlin, Germany in June 2013, and organized by Zeynep Bulut and Brandon LaBelle. It accompanies the piece Spectral Traffic, which can be found on the andrasound channel of youtube.


“Listening to traffic with guts and antennae” est le titre d’une communication donnée dans le cadre du symposium “Resonant Bodies: Landscape of Acoustic Tension” à l’International Cultural Institute de Berlin en juin 2013. Ce symposium était organisé par Zeynep Bulut et Brandon LaBelle. Cette présentation est accompagnée par la pièce Spectral Traffic, qu’on peut retrouver sur ma châine youTube.

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[Event] Stelarc: the human body is obsolete (seminar)

Seminar with Stelarc and Henk Oosterling (Erasmus University).

25 October 2013
14.00 – 17.00
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark, Rotterdam



“In a time of Circulating Flesh, Fractal Flesh and Phantom Flesh organs are extracted and exchanged, bodies and bits of bodies remotely generate recurring patterns of interactivity and haptic technologies generate potent physical presences of virtual flesh. Bodies are hacked, genes are mapped, prosthetics are attached and chimeras are engineered in labs. The trans-species, the trans-gendered and even the trans-human proliferate.” Stelarc

This seminar follows a presentation by Stelarc on the 24th October.

Visit V2_ for further information.

new videos: Metabody on TVE2 and my talk in Madrid

Fresh from Metabody Madrid . . .

steven r. hammer

This summer, I participated in the Metabody project in Madrid, presenting my own research, collaborating with some outstanding international artists and thinkers, and learning so much from so many.

Earlier today, the Spanish television station TVE2 featured the Metabody project in the program “La Aventura del Saber.”

Watch it here.

You can also watch a number of presentations and performances from the conference here.

Finally, you can watch my presentation @ Metabody below:::::

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Call for Works: Music, Embodiment and the Body

Colchester New Music (in collaboration with the Sonic Arts Forum) have put out a call for works that respond to the theme ‘Music, Embodiment and the Body.’


Works should be submitted by 30th September 2013. Selected works will be shown in Colchester on 2-3rd November 2013. Click on the image to see further details.

[CFP] Metabody: call for papers and projects in metaperformance


Call for papers and projects for the first events of the ongoing 5-year metabody research project. Please see the calls below.


Metabody Conference Series 1 – Metahuman/Metaformance Studies 2013:


Multiplicities in Motion:

Affects, Embodiment and the Reversal of Cybernetics.
3.000 Years of Posthuman History

26-31st July 2013 in Medialab Prado in Madrid
Organised by: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid & Reverso

Keynote by Dr. N. Katherine Hayles – Duke University

DEADLINE: 10th June




MetamediaLab 2013 – Metabody Project – Call for Projects


MetamediaLab – Metabody Project 2013
Bodynet – How to make a network of bodies
24th-31st July 2013 in Medialab Prado in Madrid

DEADLINE: 10th June

Metabody Conference Series is part of the Metahuman/Metaformance Studies programme of the Metabody Project, that embraces the series of PRESENTATIONS taking part in more than 25 events in more than 15 cities of 11 countries. Metahuman makes reference to the Metahumanist Manifesto, by Jaime del Val and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, as alternative to posthumians and transhumanism. Metaformance points to the redefinition of perception and relations as form-independent process.

MetamediaLab is the nomadic WORKSHOP module of the Metabody Project

The metabody project is a collaboration of a European consortium of research and culture laboratories including STEIM.

[Event] Music and Movement Symposium

Tuesday 11th June 2013, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Durham University
Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RL, UK

Keynote speaker – Professor Rolf Inge Godøy, University of Oslo

The symposium aims to bring together researchers engaged in exploring motion and gesture in music. Papers to be presented offer cross-cultural perspectives on the relationship between movement and music, and are informed by embodied cognition and phenomenological paradigms. We are delighted to announce that Professor Rolf Inge Godøy, from the University of Oslo, and Professor Martyn Evans from Durham University will be speaking at the event.

Session 1
1:00 – Josephine Miles (Durham University)
‘The embodiment of rhythm and metre in a performance of Bartok’s Contrasts’

1:30 – Yinyun Shi (Durham University)
‘Exploring interconnectedness: gestural interaction between storytellers and audience members in Suzhou ping-tan’

2:00 – Lara Pearson (Durham University)
‘Coarticulation and motor grammar in Karnatak music’

2:30pm – Tea/coffee break

Session 2
2:50 – Elena Catalano (Durham University)
‘The role of music in kinetic cognition: experiences in Indian classical dance’

3:20 – Professor Martyn Evans (Durham University)
‘Motion or emotion? – Music in the body’

4:00pm – Tea/coffee break

Keynote speech
4:15 – 5:30 – Professor Rolf Inge Godøy (University of Oslo)
‘Coarticulation in the production and perception of music’

All are welcome to attend the event. Booking is not required.
For more information contact Lara Pearson at l.a.pearson@durham.ac.uk