Bates Digital Music Symposium 2018 Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals

 (Application is now closed. We will have the information on our symposium program soon.)

The Department of Music at Bates College invites compositions and performance proposal submissions from composers and practitioners belonging to historically underrepresented groups, with a focus on musical/sonic/media works for presentation using digital technology for a one-day symposium on music and digital media. The symposium, which will culminate in an evening concert,  will showcase new work by individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, specifically defined as including women, African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Proposals may include:

  • Performances of works to be presented in a concert presentation
  • Hands-on workshops or lecture presentations


Graduate students and emerging practitioners and composers in the field within three years after the date of a terminal degree.

Categories of works include but are not limited to:

  • Acousmatic and Spatial Music for 5.1 system
  • Audiovisual Work
  • Computer-aided Acoustic Composition
  • Fixed Media
  • Instrument(s) + Electronics
  • Laptop Orchestra/Live Coding
  • Live Electronics
  • Multimedia Works
  • Piece + Paper Presentation
  • Soundscape Works
  • Work for New Interface/Instruments

Performance Guidelines:

  • Works less than 20 minutes are preferred.
  • Composers must perform their own music and live performers up to two could be arranged from a pool of local performers if there is a live component to their piece.

Workshop & Presentation Guidelines:

  • All applicants are encouraged to submit additional proposals to present either a twenty-minute lecture presentation or a fifty-minute hands-on workshop.
  • Twenty-minute lecture presentations could focus on the technical and/or aesthetic features of the submitted work, including performance, creative practices, and/or technology.
  • Fifty-minute hands-on workshops will take place at the Olin Arts Center at Bates College unless otherwise specified. Sessions should engage participants in active learning activities focused on technology. Software available in our lab includes Max, Ableton Live, and Logic Pro. Other shareware/freeware software may be installed for workshops provided ample notice is given. Please contact Hiroya Miura directly ( if you wish to submit a proposal that requires software other than that listed.


  • 3D Audio
  • Acoustics, Space and Sound Distribution
  • Aesthetics, Theory, History and Philosophy
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Artificial Intelligence and Music
  • AR & VR
  • Artistic, Cultural and Social Impact of Computer Music and New Technology
  • Bio Art and Bio Music
  • Composition Systems and Techniques
  • Computer Systems in Music Education
  • Computer-based Music Analysis
  • Distributed, Telematic, and Mobile Music
  • DSP and Audio Effects
  • History and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music
  • Interactive Design
  • Languages for Computer Music
  • Live Coding
  • Multi-modal Perception
  • New Interfaces for Musical expression
  • New Technology for Notation and Score
  • Participation and Technologies for Collaborative Performance
  • Perception and Cognition of Sound and Music
  • Piece and Paper
  • Real-time Composition and Improvisation
  • Social Interaction in Sound, Music and Technology
  • Sonification
  • Soundscape (soundmapping, noise pollution, acoustic ecology, acoustic archaeology, etc.)
  • Spatialization Techniques
  • Wearable Design

Invited participants will receive a small honorarium and the travel expenses will be covered. They will be guests of the College from the evening of October 25 through breakfast on October 27, with one-day presentations and concert to occur on October 26.

Where to Submit:

Abstract, CV, and performance material should be submitted in an electronic format to by August 15.  Participants will be notified of acceptance by August 31.