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NCMM — Nova Contemporary Music Meeting

NCMM — Nova Contemporary Music Meeting

Call For Papers New Deadline
April 15, midnight.

Nova Contemporary Music Meeting (NCMM) is a biennial, 3-day international conference launched by the Contemporary Music Research Group (GIMC) of CESEM (Centre for the Study of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics at Nova University, Lisbon) and focused on a variety of questions relating to music since the beginning of the 20th century.

Call for papers

NCMM 2018 Main Topic


Music today is more diverse than it has ever been. The variety of genres, practices, techniques, technologies, systems of dissemination and forms of reception has changed the way in which music is composed. Music is now almost omnipresent in our society, from the concert hall to the museum, from the media to public spaces, to private listening with headphones. For each of these situations, and many others, someone composed the music, created the sound, and organized the musical discourse that will be present in the listening space. This music was created using a diversity of techniques, knowledge and technologies that should be considered, because each of these resources used in musical creation influenced the final result.

In this context it is pertinent to ask: what is composing music today? What is the role of the composer in today’s musical world? Can we continue to talk about “composing music” in any situation of music creation? Or should we consider the use of other expressions? What is the role of musical creation in the context of a museum exhibition, or in installations? Can a sound artist be considered a music composer?

Is sound art a form of musical composition? Can real-time coding or free improvisation be considered forms of musical composition? What is the difference between real-time composition and a computer music performance? In a world where the technological means seem to make musical creation accessible to anyone, what is the place of the “traditional composer”?
It is within the context of this complex problem that we encourage composers, musicologists, performers, teachers, philosophers and other interested researchers to contribute to proposals covering the whole range of questions involved in this subject. Students, postdoctoral and early-career researchers are particularly encouraged.

NCMM Themes:

The conference is also open to other topics related to contemporary music studies and practices. Thus, we encourage the submission of papers related to any aspects of the field including, but not limited to, composition, music and technology, auditory perception, music history, analysis and theory, musical genres and practices and cultural issues.

  1. Musical composition practices, performance and reception
  2. Music history, theory and analysis
  3. Philosophy of music and aesthetics
  4. Musicology, intertextuality and authenticity
  5. Auditory perception and cognition
  6. Musical sound transcription, representation and music notation
  7. Sound technologies and the music industry
  8. Music and image
  9. Sound art, installations and exhibitions
  10. Soundscape, sound ecology
  11. Documentation and preservation of musical heritage
  12. Music and emergent cultures and societies, cultural heritage and inclusive societies

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Grupo de Investigação em Música Contemporânea
Colégio Almada Negreiros
Campus de Campolide
1099-032 LISBOA

Telephone: (+ 351) 21 790 83 00


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