Category Archives: Conferences

Sound and Music Computing (SMC) 2016

This year’s Sound and Music Computing conference (SMC) will be held in Hamburg from August 31 to September 3. The conference is organized by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. I had the opportunity to serve as a metareviewer on the program board, and will present a paper on the digital waveform representation becoming a new interface in its own right.
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Workshop on Surprise, Opposition, and Obstruction in Adaptive and Personalized Systems (SOAP)

Current recommender systems leave a lot to be desired in terms of making suggestions that are out of the ordinary, inspiring and breaking new ground. This workshop, to be held in conjunction with the UMAP conference in Halifax on July 13-17, explores new approaches to designing recommender systems that can create suggestions which are unexpected and inspiring for the user. I have the privilege to be part of the Program Committee for this workshop.
Workshop Blog 

noisecabin Installation at HyperKult XXV

HyperKult XXV

At this last HyperKult, Andreas Otto and I had the opportunity to exhibit our noisecabin installation from 2006 again. Originally commissioned for the “5 Days Off” festival at the Melkweg club in Amsterdam, the installation is designed to add artificial sound reflections to spaces in which bustling activity is contrasted with times of almost silence. This is true for both club events and conferences, of course, and so the installation was placed in the back of the lecture room and the hall outside. Parts of the lectures were sampled, mashed up, and then replayed in the hall later when the sonic activity level started to decrease.

HyperKult XXV: Audio Panel

This year’s HyperKult at Leuphana University in Lüneburg was the last instance in a string of 25 extraordinary conferences. They were extraordinary because they provided room for discussions around the computability of cultural practice away from the bustling struggle for impact and ratings that we experience in the CHI community, for example. With the historic town of Lüneburg as the backdrop, discussions were usually able to slow down and get more thorough as they could be continued over beers by the river. However, this is over now, at least in the form of HyperKult. Aptly named “Shutdown”, this year’s conference was focused on the notion of closure, of endings, in the context of technology that is designed for always-on operation. At the same time, it also provided an opportunity to look back and reflect on the topics that had been in the focus over the years. I was invited to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Rolf Grossmann, and we were joined by Michael Harenberg from HKB Bern. My part concentrated on aspects of interfaces in audio production and performance as they changed over the course of the years, and how this was reflected in scientific and artistic contributions at the HyperKult conferences. The videos of the talks and the panel will be available soon in the HyperKult archive.

XIII. Conference “Culture and Computer Science”

The conference was held May 28-29 in Berlin’s Bode Museum. The museum’s Gobelin Hall provided an extravagant setting for a conference dealing with technology. My paper was titled “The Music of Machines: Investigating Culture and Technology in Musical Creativity”. It expands on the notion that musicians already collaborate with machines in various ways, but that machines will have an even greater impact in the future as they get more aware of the situations in which they are being used. In the paper, I propose four dimensions of situation-awareness that might play a role in this process.
Conference Proceedings at vwh
Full paper (Pdf)

ESA-Arts Paper: Jamming with Machines

The European Research Network Sociology of the Arts held its 8th midterm conference at Cluj / Romania from September 4-6, 2014. I had the honor to present a paper on the current state and the outlook of research conducted within the GiantSteps research project, focusing on prospects and problems of so-called “musical expert agents” in creative processes. The paper discusses a situation where the availability of large amounts of data on artistic work facilitates new approaches in composition and sound creation. What are the expectations towards these new possibilities? Are artists looking forward to algorithmic “agents”, or will they disable them immediately?
Full paper
ESA-Arts 2014 Conference Website
GiantSteps Project

GiantSteps Panel at Sónar 2014

On Thursday, June 12, I will be part of a panel discussion on musical knowledge in technological innovation. The panel is part of the Sónar Festival 2014 in Barcelona. It is organized by the GiantSteps EU-funded research project (, in which Native Instrument is involved as a consortium partner.
Panel website Post at GiantSteps

CTM MusicMakers Hacklab Conversation

At this year’s MusicMakers Hacklab during Club Transmediale, we discuss how the concept of “the user” shapes how we think about future features and interfaces of creative instruments. How do we construct our notions of the musicians who will want to use our designs? Do the Hacklab participants follow radically different approaches than a company like Native Instruments?

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HyperKult 19: Mobiles – You Are Now Here

Already in it’s 19th incarnation, the annual HyperKult workshop & conference takes a fresh look at the topic of location-based applications for mobile devices. While this issue has been drifting around social sciences conferences for years, we are just now seeing widespread adoption of such applications and services, which should allow us to change the mode of discussion from utopia to concrete social practice.

As always, video streams of the full presentations will be available both live and in the archive.
Conference Website (in German)

Conference: netaudio Berlin 2009

After the great discussion rounds at RAW Tempel in 2007, the netaudio Conference is back in Berlin. This time, both lecture and party sessions are located at Maria, right on the river. The night line-up is massive, with two floors hosting live acts and DJ sets by some of the finest netlabel artists, all neatly organized by styles and genres – whether that makes much sense remains to be seen, of course. The daily lectures and discussion rounds promise to be extremely interesting as well.
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Conference: HyperKult 18

This year’s HyperKult Conference at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg focuses on “The Cloud”. As more and more data gets stored and processed on non-local storage and computing systems, conventions of usage and strategies for cultural practice are set to change dramatically. The conference aims to shed a light on very different practices that are affected by this development. Fields as diverse as artistic work and geological surveys are represented with presentations and papers.
Conference Website (in German)

Conference: Modernity 2.0


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June 29 – July 3, Urbino, Italy. This is the 9th International Conference on Sociocybernetics, themed “Modernity 2.0: Emerging Social Media Technologies and Their Impacts”. From the Call for Papers:

In recent years, the Internet and other information and communication technologies have had great impacts on almost all aspects of human life, locally and globally. The extant of these impacts can be seen in the ubiquity of the use of the prefix ‘e-‘, as in e-commerce, e-business, e-government, e-democracy, e-science, e-learning, e-entertainment and so on. Thanks to the cheaper prices and ease of use of these technologies, more and more people are able to access digital contents, as part of a mass audience, and more and more people are able to create and publish content off their own initiative. The Web has moved from being a one-way communication channel extending traditional media, to a complex “peer-to-peer” communication space with a blurred author/audience distinction and new ways to create, share and use knowledge in a social way. This establishes new global fora, started by a few, and sustained by millions of local acts. This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our lives: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering, creating and disseminating information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects as well as ways of working and doing business. It also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the individual, business and technology dimensions. It is not the first time in the history of social media that a new technology becomes suddenly available to a wider group of people due to a specific social, economical and historical context.

Possible topics should include, but are not limited to:

* Local issues with respect to a particular geographical region, political entity or cultural or ethnic group;
* Global issues affecting all mankind in the 21st century;
* Emerging technologies and the link between the micro and macro levels of individual actors and social institutions, respectively;
* Social systems and economic models of the web;
* Y Generation and participation on the web (politics, business and entertainment);
* Culture, knowledge and social impact of the Semantic web;
* e-Social Science;
* Cyberculture, knowledge and local communities;
* Teaching the digital natives in networked space;
* The public/private distinction on the Internet;
* Cybernetics and Web Science;
* Social capital in social network sites (SNSs).

This should bring together some highly interesting contributions, and the location is perfect for extensive work on the narrative of modernity in the computer network age.
Conference website

Conference: Relational Sociology

September 25-26, 2008, Humboldt University Berlin. Starting tomorrow, the Humboldt University will host a conference centered around the relational approach to sociology as developed by Harrison C. White. The conference will offer an interesting mixture of papers, providing links to Systems Theory and other ideas in network theory. All abstracts are online.
Conference website 

Conference: The Methodologies of the System

September 4-6, 2008, at the University of Hohenheim. The main focus will be on the combination of empirical research methods and the evolution of sociological systems theory. From the Call for Papers:

“It has been researched about most social phenomena as well as they have been described from the perspective of systems theory – and yet those two areas of sociology, systems theory and empirical research remained mainly ignorant towards each other. General reproaches of theoretical or empirical blindness too often collide. This leaves important potentials unused. The theory-based development of empirical methods as well as the empirical richness of social theory – especially this of systems theory – and thus the contribution of sociology to current problems of society have to rely on the bridge of methodology. Therefore the conference aims at pushing forward the dialogue between systems theoretical conception and empirical observation by broadening and deepening it.”

So, the University of Hohenheim sounds like an interesting place to be in the first week of September. Find out more at the Study Group Functional Analysis.
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Publication: ZKM next_generation 2007

ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe) has published the full proceedings of this year’s next_generation conference, titled “Musik im Raum”. My contribution on spatial configurations of media music has been available in this Journal before, but now you can get it with the full context of other interesting articles.
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Conference: netaudio Berlin 2007

October 5-7, 2007. The yearly netaudio festival has been established as a focus point for the international online music scene. The gathering combines performances with discussions and lectures. This year, the festival comes to Berlin, home to many netlabels and a hub for international online music infrastructure. My contribution will be a lecture on networked organizational strategies in an environment as uncertain as today’s music cultures.
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