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Innovation In Music Conference 2023

Edinburgh Napier University, UK

30 June - 2 July 2023


Innovation In Music celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2023 and we are excited to be heading to Edinburgh Napier University for our 10th year conference.


The InMusic23 conference theme is ‘You’re not supposed to do that’ with a focus on misuse and reuse; reimagining and repositioning; hybridisation and recontextualisation; and creating unique pathways and perspectives in music production, performance, technology and business.


Innovation often comes from rebellion, counterculture, thinking outside the box and inventive responses to established ideas. Challenge to existing positions, structures and formats can be the spark of inspiration that leads to meaningful change, advancement, creation or redesign. This can be true of art, technology, society, and culture. Taking the idea of ‘you’re not supposed to do that’ – i.e. alternative uses, perspectives, or approaches – as a starting point, researchers and practitioners will present papers that reflect musical and audio innovation, creation, making or design through thinking differently.


Register for Innovation In Music 2023



Innovation In Music 2023 will be held at the Edinburgh Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus 30 June, 1 & 2 July.

The InMusic23 call for papers has now closed and over 90 academic papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference. After the conference, presenting authors are optionally invited to submit a full paper of 4,000-6,000 words for peer review and inclusion in the Routledge published conference proceedings book. The full paper template is available here.  


Presenters and delegates can register to attend the conference at the following web link:



Dates and Deadlines


  *   16 March 2023 – early bird registration opens

  *   1 May 2023 – early bird registration ends

  *   30 June 2023 – conference opens

  *   31 July 2023 – deadline for full chapters to be


Conference Fees

Conference attendance fees are now confirmed. Early-bird fees are £295 per delegate, which includes attendance at the conference banquet. After the above period, they will rise to £350.

A  discounted ticket is available for currently registered research students. This is priced at £195 for the first 30 tickets. * Note - on booking a student ticket please send an email to with an institutional letter verifying your student status.

* Conference schedule very coming soon

Friday 30th June will see the launch event from 5pm, with presentations taking place Saturday and Sunday (1st, 2nd July).


Conference Venue

Edinburgh Napier University

Craiglockhart Campus

219 Colinton Rd


EH14 1DJ

One of three main university campuses, Craiglockhart is set in the south west of the city.

Located centrally, 20 minutes by bus from the venue, The Bruntsfield Hotel has a special rate of £190/night (including breakfast) for InMusic23 delegates. To get this rate, quote ‘Napier 3006’ when booking (places are limited):

Leonardo Royal Hotel, Haymarket, is centrally located and 20 minutes by bus to the venue.


Keynotes and Special Events at InMusic23

Details of keynotes, performances and special events

Creative Keynote: In conversation with Anna Meredith


Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both

acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described

as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the worlds

of contemporary classical, art pop, soundtracks, techno,

installations and experimental rock.

Her music has been performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances at the M6 Services. It has been used in PRADA, Chloe & Fendi fashion campaigns, adverts, films, TV shows, installations and pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.

Anna has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the RPS/PRS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA.  She is also a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3 and 6Music and a radio and TV guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows (including appearing as Goldie's mentor for the TV show Classic Goldie).


Her music is published by a partnership between Warp Publishing & Faber Music Publishing, and she is one of the first Somerset House Studios Residents. She was voted Number One in The List's Hot100 (of Cultural Contributors to 2016), made the 2018 BBC Women’s Hour Power List and was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Recent installations include Bumps Per Minute - a surround sound music and visuals installation project for dodgems with an interactive soundtrack which is triggered by cars colliding. She soundtracked Alan Cumming and Steven Hoggett’s 2022 one man dance-theatre production BURN, and also wrote the score for forthcoming A24 feature TUESDAY.  The acclaimed Ligeti Quartet are releasing NUC - an album of her string quartet works on Mercury KX in 2023.

She is currently working on her third studio album. 

In 2022 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Edinburgh Napier University and was awarded a Fellowship to the Royal College of Music.


Academic Keynote: Professor Nick Prior, University of Edinburgh

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‘The Success of Failure: Reflections on Mistakes, Accidents and Errors in Music' 


With interests that span urban soundscapes, social theory and the sociology of music, Professor Nick Prior's work explores the myriad ways technologies are sunk into everyday cultural practices and entangled within social formations. He is author of a series of articles that explore digital mediations of popular music culture in the post-1980s period, culminating in a monograph, Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society, published by Sage in 2018. His work has taken him to Iceland and Japan where he has explored how sound recordings and music composition might be used to enliven our understandings of the multi-sensorial assemblages of cities like Reykjavik and Tokyo.

'You're Not Supposed to Do That', InMusic23 Launch Event

Friday 30th June, 7pm - 10pm @ Summerhall

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Lomond Campbell

Lauren Sarah Hayes. Photo by Dan Gorelick

SHEARS. Photo by Trisha Ward

Innovation in Music Conference 2023 launch and welcome event.

Three contemporary rule-breaking artists perform and talk about their practice in a unique show-and-tell-gig. Lomond Campbell (FOUND), SHEARS and Lauren Sarah Hayes will each perform a 30-minute set, playing pieces while also describing their individual performance tools and equipment, how they create their sounds and the development of their live sets. Somewhere between a gig and a studio conversation, the artists invite you behind-the-scenes, to hear about their music-making designs and creative spaces. This one-off event launches Innovation in Music 2023, (held at Edinburgh Napier University 1st and 2nd July), the theme of which is: ‘You’re Not Supposed to Do That‘, celebrating artists, producers, innovators and academics who create new pathways and ideas by doing things differently.

*All events, including the launch, are included in the conference delegate fee. The launch event is open to the public from the following ticket link:

Past Conferences


Conference Committee, Edinburgh:

Dr Dave Hook – Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Paul Harkins – Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Zack Moir – Edinburgh Napier University


Technical Advisor - Dr Paul Ferguson

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

Equality and Diversity


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 all corners of the music related industries.


InMusic is delighted to accept sponsorship from: 

Past Conferences

The website from our most recent conference, Innovation In Music 2022, hosted by Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 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).

Download programmes and abstracts for past conferences:

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     conference abstracts

Innovation In Music 2015 - Anglia Ruskin University:     conference programme

Innovation In Music 2013 - York St John University and  University of York:     conference programme

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