Department of Music

Sussex Music Conferences

At Sussex, our staff are involved in a number of conferences. Below you will find examples of past events. New events will be added to this page throughout the year.

Humanising Algorithmic Listening

Humanising Algorithmic Listening is an AHRC funded network which brings together experts with an interest in the applications and implications of machine listening from diverse disciplines including oral history, sensory ethnography, archive services, computer science, philosophy and music technology. The principle aim is to develop a critical and methodological agenda for the design, development and application of computational methods for audio analysis - listening algorithms - in the future.

The network is run by Dr Alice Eldridge, Research Fellow in Digital Technologies at the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex and Dr Paul Stapleton, Senior Lecturer in Music, SARC, Queen’s University Belfast.

Designing Interfaces for Creativity Symposium (3 - 4 November 2016)

The Designing Interfaces for Creativity (DesInC) Symposium took place at the University of Sussex on 3rd and 4th November 2016. As computational technologies become increasingly embedded in the physical world, designers and makers of interfaces for creativity are bringing skills and expertise from progressively wider fields and practices into their work. What and how can designers of creative technologies learn from practitioners in broader design disciplines, past and present? The symposium explored interdisciplinary and historical perspectives on the design of tools, interfaces and instruments for creativity, including (but not limited to) sound, music, video, film, crafts, visual arts, software arts and gaming. Members of creative technology communities joined practitioners from wider interdisciplinary design fields and experts in historical design practices, for two days of workshops, keynote presentations, demos, discussions and performances. The event sought to reach across and beyond academia, and welcomed contributions from industry, maker and artistic communities, and beyond.

International Conference on Live Interfaces (29 June - 3 July 2016)

The third International Conference on Live Interfaces took place at the University of Sussex in June, 2016. This biennial conference brought together people working with live interfaces in the performing arts, including music, the visual arts, dance, puppetry, robotics or games. The conference scope was highly interdisciplinary but with a focus on interface technologies of expression in the area of performance. Topics of liveness, immediacy, presence (and tele-presence), mediation, collaboration and timing or flow are engaged with and questioned in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role contemporary media technologies play in human expression.

International Conference on Live Coding (13 - 15 July 2015)

Dr Thor Magnusson was Co-Chair for this conference held at the University of Leeds and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Live Coding Research Network.

Live coding is where changes to a running computer program are made by editing the underlying source code, with live feedback through the programming environment and/or via the program's output.

Since 2003, a growing movement has explored live coding to create live music and visuals, and in recent years activity in software engineering has seen a burst of new research directions and tools in live programming language design.

Wider still, teachers, choreographers, psychologists, ethnographers, technologists and many other disciplines have seen the potential that live coding has in throwing new light on research questions, problems, and ways of working. 

Musical Materialities in the Digital Age (27-28th June 2014)

Keynote Speakers included: 

  • Will Straw (Professor, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University; Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada)
  • Noel Lobley (Ethnomusicologist and Research Associate, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)

Live Coding and the Body Symposium (5-6th July 2014)

The Live Coding and the Body Symposium took place on the 5th-6th July 2014 in the ACCA Creativity Zone. This was connected with an Algorave performance event on the night before at The Loft.

The symposium is part of the two-year long AHRC funded Live Code Research Network (http://www.livecodenetwork.org).

Opera and the Media of the Future (24-25th October 2014)

CROMT announced a collaboration between CROMT and Glyndebourne Opera: Opera and the Media of the Future. 

Initially prompted by a discussion of work done on opera audiences in relation to the ever-growing phenomenon of ‘live cinecasts’ of opera (and other theatre events), they expanded their remit to ask questions about the nature of these audiences and the means of reaching them, potentially via a range of new media platforms and devices, and in turn, what impact this would have on the performance and forms of opera itself.

Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations (4th April 2014)

The free workshop explored the relationship of public and personal in different life story projects which prioritize listening, sound and voice.

Three presentations discussed questions of politics, representation and aesthetics, which arise in using life stories in specific creative works – an experimental audio work using stories by women involved in the Women’s Liberation Movement, a reflexive installation of voices from women involved in the construction of an archive, a sound/image piece about the artist’s parents chess game to combat memory loss.