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RMA Music Philosophy Study Group: human+computer music

The departments of Music and Philosophy, University of Sheffield, warmly invite you to participate in this one day RMA Music Philosophy Study Group workshop, to discuss philosophical questions raised by human+computer music.

On the musical side, fundamental issues raised by the production and reception of this music are often obscured in the literature by a focus on technical details of system construction or function. Meanwhile, philosophical work on music is typically focused on acoustic instrumental/vocal works, and arguably it has yet fully to engage with the challenges raised by current movements in human+computer music, especially where it does not conform to an established work-concept and/or pitch-based structures.

The day will start with two keynote speakers:

Prof. Andy Hamilton, Philosophy, University of Durham
Prof. Peter Nelson, Music, University of Edinburgh

The afternoon will consist of two discussion sessions. These will feature live performances which will provide tangible examples for debate, where the exact nature of the music can be interrogated, also its potential changeability observed/questioned.

There will be a poster session over lunch and informal performances in the evening at a local pub. Further details can be found here: http://humancomputermusicphilosophy.wordpress.com/

This is no charge for this event, thanks to generous funding from the University of Sheffield.

Register by 30 June 2014, using this link: http://goo.gl/wjAEGU

If you would like to have a poster considered (optional), please submit an abstract when you register by 23 June 2014 (notification by 25 June).

Additionally, proposals are invited for performances to take place during the discussion session. These should be of mixed human-computer music that has the potential to provoke philosophical discussion. Those performers invited will be offered a contribution towards travel expenses (up to £50). To be considered for this, please email Mark Summers (m.summers@sheffield.ac.uk) by 23 June 2014, including a short description of your proposed performance, a link to video/sound examples and potential discussion points.

University of Sheffield organisers:

Dr. Adam Stansbie and Mark Summers, Department of Music

Dr. Tom Cochrane, Frank Arthurs and Alex Keliris, Department of Philosophy