2nd Conference on AI Music Creativity (MuMe + CSMC)

18.-22. July 2021, Graz, Austria and online

The second joint Conference on AI Music Creativity brings together two overlapping research forums: The Computer Simulation of Music Creativity Conference (est. 2016) and The International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (est. 2012). The objective of the conference is to bring together scholars and artists interested in the emulation and extension of musical creativity through computational means and to provide them with an interdisciplinary platform in which to present and discuss their work in scientific and artistic contexts.

The 2021 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity will be held at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, Austria. The five-day program will feature paper presentations, concerts, panel discussions, workshops, tutorials, sound installations and two keynotes. 

Performing [with] machines

The theme of this year’s conference is: Performing [with] machines. The dual meaning of this title hints towards an understanding of the machine as a performing agent in a human-machine partnership. By putting the emphasis on creative human-machine partnerships in performative contexts, this theme aims to encourage artistic and scientific contributions that deal with the different ways in which musicianship, authorship and performership are challenged, extended and redefined in the era of AI. 

In line with this theme, we invite contributions that address the implications of AI for existing and emerging artistic practices. In particular, we encourage submissions that address, but are in no way limited to, the following questions: In what ways can machine intelligence enrich existing artistic practices and lead to the development of new ones? What are the implications of machine autonomy for authorship and performership? What are the challenges and limitations relating to the delegation of creative responsibility to machines? What types of relationships are possible between human and computational creativity? And, in what ways do historical and socio-cultural aspects of music inform the development of Music AI applications and vice versa.

Diversity stipends

A primary aim of this conference is to bring together artists and scholars from diverse backgrounds and contribute to a more inclusive research community. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our participants, including attendees, speakers and reviewers and want to actively encourage the participation of people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, scholarly or artistic backgrounds.

For this reason, we offer a limited number of diversity stipends for authors and artists whose contribution (music or paper submission or both) has been accepted for presentation and who wish to attend the conference in Graz. Stipends are meant to help attendees cover their travel and/or accommodation expenses.

The diversity stipends will be prioritized for attendees from lower-income countries and underrepresented backgrounds in the MuMe and CSMC communities.

To apply, send us an email at aimc2021@iem.at, explaining why you feel you are eligible for a stipend.

Application deadline: 15. May.

Notification deadline: 30. May.

Organizing committee

Conference chairs: Artemi-Maria Gioti and Gerhard Eckel

Paper chair: Artemi-Maria Gioti

Music chair: Luc Döbereiner

Virtual conference chair: IOhannes zmölnig

Diversity consultant: Anna Xambó

Web management: Alisa Kobzar

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at aimc2021@iem.at.

Steering committee

Robert Keller, Harvey Mudd College, USA

Philippe Pasquier, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Robin Laney, The Open University, UK

Anna Jordanous, University of Kent, UK

Roisin Loughran, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Steven Jan, University of Huddersfield, UK

Valerio Velardo, MusiMAP

Previous Conferences

The 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity, October 19-23 2020, organized and hosted virtually by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.