October 16th – 20th
43rd International Computer Music Conference
6th Electronic Music Week

Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Shanghai, China

ICMC 2017
Conference Chair Qiangbin CHEN
Paper Chair Margaret Schedel
Chinese Paper Chair Jian YANG
Music Chair Ping JIN
Technical Director Dalei FANG
Ensemble Director Lei LI
Administration Shichao SHEN, Qixia LIN, Ququ ZHENG, Eric CHOU

The Theme of ICMC 2017/EMW

Hearing the Self


There is an ancient Chinese saying (by Lao Zi):大音希声,大象无形Dà yīn xī shēng,
dà xiàng wú xíng (The best music and  art lay in silence and abstraction)! We think: in
silence,  we hear  the  real sound  within  ourselves.  However, in  a  modern world  of
unceasing innovation, we continue to open ourselves to new music and images within and beyond our senses, searching for "the Sound of the Self."

In the vast domain of contemporary music, computer music, new media art and sound art,  China is  a latecomer.  But in  an increasingly technological and digitized world, Chinese artists,  engineers  and researchers  are now  stepping to  the forefront;  they hear the sound of  the future within themselves. Already in  the past decade, an influx of  young  and  inspiring  artists,students,  engineers,  and  researchers  have  come together  in  Shanghai  from  all  over  the  world;  creating  and collaborating with a vigorous style, they push forward new sounds, new music, and new technology.

At the ICMC 2017/EMW in Shanghai,  we look forward  to  hearing you in your work about "the Sound of the Self."

Qiangbin Chen

Conference Chair of ICMC 2017/Artistic Director of EMW

Dean of Music Engineering Department of SHCM


Opening Keynote
Oct. 16th
John M. Chowning was born in Salem, New Jersey in 1934. Following military service and studies at Wittenberg University, he studied composition in Paris for three years with Nadia Boulanger. In 1964, with the help of Max Mathews then at Bell Telephone Laboratories and David Poole of Stanford, he set up a computer music program using the computer system of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Beginning the same year he began the research leading to the first generalized sound localization algorithm implemented in a quad format in 1966. He received the doctorate in composition from Stanford University in 1966, where he studied with Leland Smith. The following year he discovered the frequency modulation synthesis (FM) algorithm, licensed to Yamaha, that led to the most successful synthesis engines in the history of electronic instruments.His three early pieces, Turenas (1972), Stria (1977) and Phoné (1981), make use of his localization/spatialization and FM synthesis algorithms in uniquely different ways. The Computer Music Journal, 31(3), 2007 published four papers about Stria including analyses, its history and reconstruction.
After more than twenty years of hearing problems, Chowning was finally able to compose again beginning in 2004, when he began work on Voices, for solo soprano and interactive computer using MaxMSP. Chowning was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Music by Wittenberg University in 1990. The French Ministre de la Culture awarded him the Diplôme d’Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1995 and he was given the Doctorat Honoris Causa in 2002 by the Université de la Méditerranée and by Queen’s University in 2010. He taught computer-sound synthesis and composition at Stanford University’s Department of Music and was the founding director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), one of the leading centers for computer music and related research.
John Chowning

Important Dates

  • Submission OpenJanuary 23, 2017
  • Submission DeadlineMarch 24, 2017
  • Extended Submission DeadlineMarch 31, 2017
  • Acceptance NotificationJune 16, 2017
  • Registrations OpenJune 16, 2017
  • Final ‘Camera-Ready’paper deadlineJuly 14, 2017
  • Early Booking DeadlineJuly 21, 2017
  • Opening ConcertOctober 15, 2017
  • ICMCOctober 16-20, 2017

Registration Fees


Persons* Presenting
Member Registration Non-Member Registration Student Member Student Non-Member
Early Booking June 16-July 21, 2017 $400 $480 $280 $340
Regular Booking July 22 -July 31, 2017 $500 $600 $350 $420
Persons Non Presenting
Member Registration Non-Member Registration Student Member Student Non-Member
Early Booking June 16-July 21, 2017 $180 $210 $120 $140
Regular Booking July 22-September 30, 2017 $240 $270 $150 $170
Late Booking October 1-October 14, 2017 $300 $320 $180 $200
Booking on site October 15-October 20, 2017 $320 $350 $200 $230
Day Pass $100
* paid full registration per accepted paper or music submission is required until July 31, 2017 in order to be included in the conference program and the proceedings.


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If you have any questions about music
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