Friday, 25 January 2013

3rd Workshop on Evolutionary Music: ECMusic 2013


   WORKSHOP ON Evolutionary Music:  EcMusic

                to be held as part of the

 2013 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2013)
               July 6-13, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                Organized by ACM SIGEVO

 Submission Deadline for this workshop: March 28th, 2012

New Orleans offered the perfect place to launch the first EcMusic Workshop,
where research was shown, and EC-generated music was performed and listened to.
Philly held the place for the second edition of the workshop.

This year Amsterdam will be the place for the third edition of the workshop, which
will be held in cooperation with GECCO 2013.

Music provides a perfect area of research for Evolutionary Computation.
A number of problems are present and still open to new
proposals, such as:

 * Generative Music Composition.
 * Creative Intelligence applied to music.
 * Evolutionary Music Modeling.
 * Rhythmic structure and Key analysis.
 * Music Transcription.
 * Music Improvisation.
 * Music Genre classification.
 * Music mood analysis.
 * Optimization of Music Performance.
 * Sound synthesis.
 * Machine learning methods for audio content analysis.
 * Automatic tagging of audio signals.
 * Content-based audio retrieval.
 * Music information retrieval.
 * Music recommendation.
 * User interfaces for music management and retrieval.
 * Intelligent audio effects.
 * Audio restoration.
 * Etc.

The workshop aims particularly at providing a place where the research
is not only shown but also performed. Authors will thus be encouraged
to send both regular papers describing new approaches and results,
along with audio records allowing to appreciate the quality of the


Please submit original research results papers not published or
submitted for publication in other forums. All submitted papers will
be carefully evaluated based on originality and quality.

Paper should be a maximum of 8 pages and conform to the same
ACM formatting requirements as for regular papers.
Details and templates can be obtained at the GECCO website.
Accepted Workshop papers will be published in the GECCO 2013 Companion Material,
included with the proceedings on a CD, and also in the ACM Digital Library.
Papers should be submitted as a single PDF file via email to


Paper Submission: 28th March 2013
Paper Notification of Acceptance: 15th April 2013
Paper Camera Ready Submission: 25th April
Copyright Form Submission: 25th April

* GECCO-2012 Workshops: 6th & 7th July 2013
* GECCO-2012 Conference: 6th to 13th July 2013

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).

Workshop Co-Chairs:

* Gustavo Reis, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
* Francisco Fernández de Vega, University of Extremadura.
* Carlos Cotta, University of Malaga.

Gustavo Miguel Jorge dos Reis
Department of Computer Science
School of Technology and Management
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria
Apt. 3063 – Morro do Lena – Alto do Vieiro
2401-951 Leiria – Portugal
Tel. Directo +351 244 820 381
Tel. +351 244 820 300 (ext. 3181)
Fax +351 244 820 310


Dr Evangelos Himonides
Institute of Education
University of London

Saturday, 19 January 2013

ISME sistema SIG News Update #1

Dear colleagues,

My first newsletter circulation is a short one and three weeks in advance of the planned circulation date for reasons that will become apparent! Three short items:

1.       Sistema Fellows application 2014

Applications are invited by February 8th for next year's Sistema Fellows programme. If you know of people who might be interested in applying the link is: . There's a link on that page to the form, and I've attached it to this email as well. Do let anyone know that they can contact current Sistema Fellow Elaine Sandoval at if you have more questions.
2.       Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) tour to the US
Erika Donald has recently returned from her second visit as an invited guest artist and teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul. Though it's not explicitly a 'Sistema-inspired' program, the school has many methods and goals in common with El Sistema. Most notably, the school educates boys and girls, as well as children from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, side by side. About half of the students are orphans or kids who used to work selling items on the street to help support their families.
An Australian film about the school's beginnings has just been posted in its entirety (48 min.) on Al Jazeera's website: Erika writes that it's enlightening and inspiring to see what these people go through and how studying music is changing their lives.
The ensembles of ANIM will be touring to the United States in early February, performing at the NEC in Boston, Kennedy Center in Washington, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Here is the press release for the tour, in case people are in/near those cities: And here is an article from the World Bank, who provide a great deal of support to the school:
3.       Thanks from me!

Thanks from me to Elaine and Erika for sharing this information. Please let me have any further news items by February 15th (or sooner) for posting on February 18th. We can decide on the frequency of our future newsletters in response to the nature of your news!


Richard J Hallam MBE
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fax +44 (0)1908 690078