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 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 focus on machine agency in the context of live performance, this theme invites 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.


Aligned with this year’s theme, we invite contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following questions: What does it mean to perform with or compose music for performing machines? What new possibilities does machine musicianship open up for performers and composers? And what are the challenges and limitations relating to the delegation of creative responsibility to performing machines?


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 tutorials, paper presentations, panel discussions, concerts, sound installations and two keynotes.