May 26-28 2005 | Vancouver, Canada

NIME 2005 Call for Participation


We invite the submission of research papers, reports, and posters on topics related to new musical controllers including, but not restricted to:

  • Design reports on novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
  • Surveys of past work and/or stimulating ideas for future research
  • Performance experience reports on live performance and composition using novel controllers
  • Controllers for virtuosic performers, novices, education and entertainment
  • Perceptual & cognitive issues in the design of musical controllers
  • Music and motion and/or music and emotion
  • Movement, visual and physical expression with sonic expressivity
  • Musical mapping algorithms and intelligent controllers
  • Novel controllers for collaborative performance
  • Interface protocols (e.g. MIDI) and alternative controllers
  • Artistic, cultural, and social impact of new performance interfaces
  • Real-time gestural control in musical performance
  • Mapping strategies and their influence on digital musical instrument design
  • Sensor and actuator technologies for musical applications
  • Haptic and force feedback devices for musical control
  • Real-time software tools and interactive systems
  • Pedagogical applications of new interfaces - Courses and curricula


We encourage the submission of demos, either as part of papers and reports or as standalone contributions.


We encourage artists, performers and conference presenters to submit proposals for performances and live demonstrations that employ new musical controllers, novel interface concepts, and/or new mapping systems that can be featured in the concert events.

Interactive Sound Installations: *new this year*

At the University of British Columbia, we are creating a new high-tech atrium that contains a multichannel sound and video scape platform that will be complete by December 15, 2004. The space is intended to house interactive sound and video installation works. As an experiment for this year's NIME, we are soliciting for proposals for an Installation Track to create interactive installation works in this space. Please contact the installation track chair for more details about this facility or if you are interested in submitting for the installation track.

Improv Sessions: *new this year*

For the first time at NIME there will be semi-organized improvisation sessions where scientists, engineers, artists and performers can interact with one another. Different configurations and groups will be put together based on types of sensors used for gesture recognition, genre of sound-mapping, ethnomusicological controllers, rhythm vs soundscape controllers, interfaces with motors, etc. There will be 3 Improv Sessions in the afternoons everyday during lunch and then a final jam concert party on the final night. For more information contact the Improv Sessions Chair, Ajay Kapur.