The 2024 theme:
"Have you tried THIS? - Sharing the enthusiasm of new discovery"
Have you ever had the bubbling feeling of joy from discovering a new approach, a piece of hardware, an instrument, a method or perspective, and then enthusiastically sharing your new discovery with your peers?
For Innovation in Music 2024, we want you to tap into the childish enthusiasm of sharing new discoveries, and present research on the things everyone should try!
For innovations to be spread and applied, both in music and otherwise, enthusiasm and the joy of discovery has always been key. Whether a new piece of hardware or the band you discovered at a surprise gig, organic marketing by ‘joyous dissemination’ has been a crucial success factor to countless innovations. On a personal level, asking our peers ‘have you tried this?’ activates the questioner’s enthusiasm for sharing, and the respondent’s curiosity. New discoveries keep us hungry to learn more about our field, expand our perspectives and eager to try new approaches. Hence, we invite researchers, scholars, practitioners, and innovators to join us at InMusic 24 and ask; ‘have you tried THIS?’!
This conference theme can be broadly interpreted, and we encourage presentations on all kinds of ‘innovation in music’, related to topics such as:
Innovative production, recording, mixing and mastering
Innovative performance and composition
Innovative music business and promotion
Novel music technology
New approaches to music research and methodology
Novel ways of promoting diversity, equality and representation within music
Innovations for sustainability in music
A Dolby Atmos system will be available for demonstrations/performances/workshops.
Dates and Deadlines
01 October 2023 – Abstracts submission portal opens
15 January 2024 – Abstracts submission deadline
08 February 2024 – Authors notified of acceptance
01 May 2024 – Earlybird registration discount ends (go to Hoopla (link) to register)
14 June 2024 – Conference opens
01 August 2024 – Deadline for submitting full chapters
Conference committee, Oslo:
Assistant Professor Claus Sohn Andersen – Kristiania University College
Professor Tore Teigland – Kristiania University College
Professor Anneli M. Drecker – Kristiania University College
Associate Professor Audun Molde – Kristiania University College
Assistant Professor Pål Erik Jensen – Kristiania University College (Technical Advisor)
Conference Committee, International:
Professor Jan-Olof Gullö – Royal College of Music (KMH), Sweden
Professor Justin Paterson – University of West London, UK
Associate Professor Russ Hepworth-Sawyer – MOTTOsound & York St John University, UK
Professor Rob Toulson – RT60 Ltd, UK
For any other enquiries please email email@example.com
InMusic24 Abstract Submissions
The abstract submission portal is now closed! If you didn't make it - save your proposal for InMusic25.
The full conference program will be available as an interactive online app as we close in on the event.
The full program will be available as an interactive online app as we close in on the event.
INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKER – JULIE FORCHHAMMER
MUSIC AND CLIMATE JUSTICE
How can music, musicians, music producers and the music industry lead the way in demanding the systemic changes we need to secure all life on earth?
Julie Forchhammer is the co-founder of non-profit Klimakultur who guides the Norwegian culture sector on climate justice and how to take action on climate change. She is an alumna of the Creative Climate Leadership programme by UK non-profit Julie's Bicycle. Forchammer lives in the mountains in Vang in Valdres. Her previous jobs include: festival manager Vinjerock, environmental manager at Øyafestivalen and advisor and board member for The Rainforest Foundation Norway.
ACADEMIC KEYNOTE SPEAKER - PETER VUUST
MUSIC IN THE BRAIN
Music is a fundamental part of human life and a source of deep emotional experiences. Such is the power of music that many people spend significant resources enjoying the many forms of music and some devote their lives to mastering an instrument. The neuroscientific study of music has been shown to be a promising approach for understanding the human brain.
This keynote will discuss how music is processed in the brain and in particular how perception of sound, melody, harmony, and rhythm rests on the brain's ability to predict. When listening to music, we actively generate predictions about what is likely to happen next. This enactive aspect has led to a more complete understanding of music processing involving brain structures implicated in action, emotion, and learning besides auditory brain areas. The talk also shows how this view can be extended to account for the dynamics and underlying brain mechanisms of collective music making. This sheds new light on what makes music meaningful from a neuroscientific perspective.
Peter Vuust is a unique combination of a renowned scientist and a world class musician. As a researcher, he is Denmark’s leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up as founder and leader of Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University. His primary research area is the study of musical rhythm and groove, but he has made substantial contributions regarding music melody and harmony, the emotional impact of music neuroplasticity, clinical applications of music, and research into general theories about brain organization.
He holds a PhD in Neuroscience and MSc. in Mathematics, French and Music. As a musician, he has played and recorded with multiple international jazz stars, and his appearance on more than 100 records, 6 of these as band leader, earned him the “Gaffel Prize” from the Danish Jazz Society in 2008 and a Danish Music Award nomination in 2014 for his album September song with his own quartet and Veronica Mortensen.
KEYNOTE PERFORMANCE / PERFORMANCE KEYNOTE – KOKA NIKOLADZE
IN A FEEDBACK LOOP WITH INSTRUMENTS, I COMPOSE
I will present instruments and tools I build to compose, perform, and reflect.
I will talk about them and play them.
Koka Nikoladze is an artist, composer, technologist, multi-instrumentalist, and instrument inventor based in Oslo, Norway.
Koka graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire as a performing violinist. He has studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts Stuttgart. He holds an MA in Performing New Music Technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music. He has been an intern at NOTAM — the Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and the Arts, exploring the interplay of music and technology. In 2016, Koka became a Ph.D. fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music with the project researching animated notation and real-time composition. Koka is currently associate professor of music technology and live electronics at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Koka's music is regularly performed at major music festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Vancouver New Music Festival, PODIUM Festival, Düsseldorf Festival, ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, and others. He has performed and conducted his works on prestigious stages, such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, BMC Budapest, Centquatre Paris, and more. Koka was given the honor of opening the new Munch Museum with his work together with the royal family in 2021.
Koka is also known as an inventor and producer of electromechanical instruments. His "Beat Machines" became popular in 2016. Since then, the Discovery Channel, ARTE, Deutsche Welle, BR, MTV, and other media, as well as VICE, WIRED, GIZMODO, and New York Magazine featured Koka's creations. Koka presented at Ableton LOOP 2017. Since 2018 Koka is a part of the BEBEETHOVEN project, working on a new artistic project every year.
REGISTRATION AND CONFERENCE FEE
Register no later than 1st May to get the early-bird rate.
Fees include coffee/tea and snacks throughout the conference, lunch Saturday and Sunday, conference dinner Saturday and a light dinner at the performance event Friday evening. All meals at the conference will be vegetarian.
Fees are (excl ticket fees):
Registration and payment is done via Hoopla (link)
There is an abundance of hotels in a variety of price ranges within walking distance of the conference venue. For InMusic24 delegates, a discounted rate is available for two hotels within 15 minutes walking distance from Campus Fjerdingen – use the links below to get the discount:
Comfort Hotel Karl Johan (link)
InMusic24 will take place at Kristiania’s «Campus Fjerdingen», Christian Krohgs gate 32 (link to Google Maps), right in the centre of Oslo, and a mere 10 minute walk from Oslo Central Station.
The building has a long history, from warehouse, housing for German troops during WWII, textile factory, to the National Police Immigration Service, before Kristiania refurbished and moved in in 2016. Campus Fjerdingen houses the Department of Music with state-of-the-art studios, rehearsal rooms, Mac-labs, auditoriums, a club style concert venue, and a student-run bar.
Campus Fjerdingen is on MazeMap, should you need assistance in finding your way around.
HOW TO GET TO OSLO
Probably the best search engine for trans-European trains is Deutsche Bahn (link). However, tickets in Norway (and from Gothenburg to Oslo), should be bought from Entur (link). There are several possible routes – either train all the way, via Denmark/Sweden, or by a combination of train and ferry via Denmark:
if traveling by train all the way, consult Entur (see link above) to book your ticket from Gothenburg to Oslo. From Gothenburg, you can choose between train and express bus.
train to Hirtshals (DK), then ferry to Kristiansand or Larvik (NO), followed by train to Oslo. The ferries from Hirtshals are operated by Color Line (link)
train to Copenhagen, ferry directly to Oslo. The ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo is operated by DFDS (link)
Once you’ve arrived in the main hall of Oslo Central, go to exit “Bussterminalen”/”Bus terminal”.
If you’re partial to the open road and blasting your favourite tunes on the car stereo, you can follow pretty much the same routes as by train (w/wo ferry). The ferries indicated above also carry vehicles. If you drive an EV, rest assured that the Scandinavian countries have decent infrastructure for (super-)charging. However, beware that payment solutions are diverse and not always straightforward. Also – parking in Oslo is scarce and quite expensive.
If arriving to Oslo Gardermoen Airport, catch any southbound train to Oslo Central. Please note that the airport express train (“Flytoget”) is operated by a different company with a separate ticketing system. The train ride from the airport to Oslo Central is 20-25 minutes, depending on which line you get on.
If arriving to Torp Sandefjord Airport, you can find information on how to get to Oslo via the airport website (link).
Once you’ve arrived in the main hall of Oslo Central, go to exit “Bussterminalen”/”Bus terminal”.
The organizers urge all delegates to consider how they can reduce the carbon footprint of their travels.
Equality, Diversity and Sustainability
All involved in the organisation of Innovation in Music are committed to encouraging fairness, equality and diversity throughout our event, in terms of the organisational structure, the invited participants and in the encouragement of presenters and paper authors. We welcome anyone interested in the conference themes to engage with us and join us in building a sustainable conference that can represent the full range of music-related industries.
We are also committed to being thoughtful and responsible with respect to sustainability. Whilst the conference is intended as an in-person event - and we significantly value face-to-face interaction between delegates - we will always endeavour to assist with participants who cannot attend or who are aiming to keep a low-carbon footprint. Where possible, we thoroughly recommend delegates travelling to the conference through public transport and using the most sustainable methods. We also take note of the 17 Sustainability Goals of the United Nations and, where relevant, consider these in our conference organisation.
If you are passionate and/or expert in areas connecting music with equality, diversity or sustainability, we will be very pleased to receive an abstract proposal from you - enabling us to continue learning and communicating on these essential topics.
The website from our most recent conference, Innovation In Music 2023, hosted by Edinburgh Napier University, can be viewed here
Below are a number of keynote films from our past Innovation In Music Conferences held at York St John University & University of York (2013), Anglia Ruskin University (2015) and University of Westminster (2017). Videos of more recent conferences will be added soon.
Download programmes and abstracts for past conferences:
Innovation In Music 2023 - Edinburgh Napier University: conference programme
Innovation In Music 2022 - Royal College of Music, Stockholm: conference programme
Innovation In Music 2019 - University of West London: conference programme
Innovation In Music 2017 - University of Westminster: conference programme
Innovation In Music 2015 - Anglia Ruskin University: conference programme
Innovation In Music 2013 - York St John University and University of York: conference programme