November 2, 2006
Tulane will host the International Computer Music Association's annual conference Nov. 6-11. The world's most renowned electronic music composers will converge in New Orleans for this week, along with professors and student musicians from institutions such as Stanford, University of Chicago, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, and dozens of international universities.
Computer music is music generated or composed with the aid of computers, and often draws from the relationship between music theory and mathematics. The keynote speaker is Max Mathews, a pioneer in the world of computer music who wrote the first widely used program for sound generation.
Mathews' speech, which is on the history of computer music from its beginnings at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1957, will take place in Dixon Hall on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Notably, this is the first time that the ICMA conference will be held in collaboration with SEAMUS (the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), a group which hosts its own annual conference.
The six-day conference will be structured around paper presentations, demonstrations, exhibitions and panel discussions by distinguished experts from various disciplines concerning computer music. There will also be three to four daily concerts in multiple locations on campus and throughout the city.
Tickets to campus concerts are $5 for the New Orleans community. Conference registrants will be volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village Project while in New Orleans. For more information visit http://www.icmc2006.org/
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