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NIME 2013

Daejeon, Korea

May 27 - May 30, 2013

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The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) is an annual interdisciplinary conference discussing contemporary topics in electronic musical interface design, research and practice. NIME brings together researchers and practitioners from a range of academic fields including computer science, electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, musicology, electro-acoustic music, dance and composition, and has routinely attracted interest from electronic music industry as well.NIME 2013 will be hosted by the Graduate School of Culture Technology at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)Daejeon, Korea, and will feature a series of special events in Seoul.

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On behalf of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), our partners and sponsors, we are very pleased to welcome you to the NIME 2013 international conference.

 

NIME 2013 is being held at the KAIST Graduate School of Culture Technology. KAIST was established in 1971 as the nation’s first graduate school specializing in science and engineering education and research, and over the past four decades has evolved into a global research university with national and international significance. The Graduate School of Culture Technology was founded in 2005 with the aim of realizing a new educational paradigm fostering those who can understand various cultures, directly communicate with the aesthetic universe, and elicit latent faculties of creative imagination and change. It is an audacious move within a science and technology institute, reflecting the rapidly adaptive character of Korea, and the urgency of understanding the ceaselessly emerging new relationships between humans and technology. NIME is very welcome here, and we are very proud to introduce it!

 

This is the second time NIME to be held in Asia (the first in nine years), but the first to be held in Korea. As with any new form of interactivity, it permits movement in two directions simultaneously: it is a wonderful moment to introduce the latest research in music and human-computer interaction to the dynamically evolving Korean community, and at the same time an opportunity to introduce Korean and Asian traditional and experimental music to the wider world.

 

We will have two keynote speakers, who will both uniquely illuminate the continual evolution of NIMEs. Dr. William Verplank, one of the long-standing veterans of computer music and physical interaction, who refined the seminal mouse and graphical user interface at Xerox Parc and coined the term “interaction design”, will present on the topic of “Motors and Music”. HCI would not be HCI and NIMEs would not be NIMEs as we know them today without him. Dr. Ajay Kapur pursues the ongoing question of manmachine improvisation, evolving Indian (and Asian) musical tradition through extended instruments and robotic musicians. He now leads a team of artists and engineers exploring the intersection of music, composition, storytelling, science and technology in the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, and we are looking forward to hearing about their latest activities.

 

Following the tradition of the conference, NIME 2013 is a single-track conference in which participants can attend every session and concert without any time conflict, and presenters can be sure of the best possible audience. Accordingly, due to the large number of submissions, the acceptance rate for oral presentation was 25%. Nevertheless, in keeping with the NIME spirit, we believe that large poster and demo sessions are probably the best way of seeing, testing, and exploring the various new instruments, interfaces and projects in practice.

 

NIME 2013 will run seven concerts - four evening concerts and three late-night concerts. Programming them was a challenging but truly joyful experience. We were deeply impressed by the diversity and novelty of the NIMEs proposed and the quality of their musical outcomes. We are particularly looking forward to the final evening concert in Seoul, which is themed for Asian music and will feature special Korean traditional music performances.

 

We were also overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of installation proposals for this year’s NIME. Of thirty three submissions we could unfortunately only support eight (less than 25%). Although the selection was extremely difficult, we are proud of the diversity, ingenuity and artistry of the works, tearing at the many edges of what a NIME means. They could easily constitute an impressive gallery exhibition in their own right, so we hope you can seek out and spend time with each one.

 

There are also seven pre-conference workshops, ranging from from the classic introduction to NIME to haptic interaction design and hardware kits to networked interfaces and web technologies to urban soundscape. In addition, we believe you would be interested in the “Maker Faire Seoul,” which will be held on June 1 and 2 in

Daehangno area (right next to our Seoul venue).

 

We would like to thank our sponsors, the fellow organizers, and the student volunteers. NIME 2013 would not be possible without their help and support. One of the joys of being involved with organizing a large conference is meeting with, and interacting with a wide range of fascinating people. We believe we are truly privileged to have such group of participants, and hope that you will enjoy NIME 2013!

 

Woon Seung Yeo, Kyogu Lee, Alexander Sigman, Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield

NIME 2013 Organizing Committee

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