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April 28: Carnegie Mellon University Hosts 9th Annual New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference


Kristi Ries                           

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon University Hosts 9th Annual
New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will host the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference June 4-6. In its ninth year, this international conference provides the opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary creations of artists and scientists. NIME 2009 will feature a variety of workshops, papers, posters, demonstrations and performances both on and off-campus. Researchers and musicians from all over the world will share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design in a series of presentations, installations and concerts.
Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music, and Roger Dannenberg, associate professor of computer science, co-chaired the NIME 2009 committee, which also includes Richard Stern, professor of electrical engineering; Golan Levin, associate professor of Art; Riccardo Schulz, associate teaching professor/recording engineer; and Thomas Sullivan, associate teaching professor in electrical and computer engineering.
The conference coincides with this fall's introduction of innovative new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music and Technology.
"Because of its contributions to the arts and technology, Carnegie Mellon is an ideal location for the conference," Dannenberg said. "It seems very appropriate to host the NIME conference at an institution already recognized internationally for its research in computer music."
NIME 2009 will include a special focus on Tradition and Innovation. Events related to this theme include a keynote speech by acclaimed electronic media artist Paul DeMarinis and an international teleconference with computer music pioneers William Buxton, John Chowning, Roger Linn and Max Mathews.
Students can register for the conference at the early registration rate of $150 by May 1. After May 1, regular student registration will be $200. Early general registration is $300 and after May 1 it increases to $400.
In addition to the conference, the university also is hosting daylong workshops, all of which take place on campus June 3. Topics for workshop presentations include Sound Synthesis and Algorithmic Composition Using Nyquist and Audacity; Mapping Sensors to Pd via Firmata; Interactivity by Code: SuperCollider; Handmade Electronic Music - The Art of Hardware Hacking; Max MSP; and Sensor Interfacing with I-CubeX. For more information, visit
NIME 2009 is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's School of Music, Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Music and Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music.