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Innovation In Music 2019


05 - 07 December 2019


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About Innovation In Music

Innovation In Music (InMusic) is an international music industry conference which brings together researchers and professionals interested in the future of the music industry, from the artist through to the consumer. The 2017 conference included keynote lectures and panel sessions with award winning music industry professionals including Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh, Mandy Parnell, Peter Oxendale and Ken Scott.

InMusic19 will provide an outstanding opportunity for all those interested in the fast-moving changes taking place in the music industry to mix with experts in the field, exchange experiences and learn about the latest trends and innovative developments. Participants can also achieve a peer reviewed publication in the  conference proceedings.

Innovation In Music welcomes academics, artists, producers, engineers, music industry professionals and manufacturers to come together and hear papers on a wide range of topics.

Conference themes include:

  • Music production: past, present and future

  • Performance and composition: human, artificial and beyond

  • Innovation in music business

  • Immersive and interactive audio

  • Music consumer behaviour: the changing psychology and perceived value of music

  • Technologies for remuneration and data management

  • Platforms for music sale, streaming and broadcast

  • Studio technology innovation

  • Innovative music creation and songwriting

  • Sound engineering: audio and acoustics

  • Mastering commercial music

  • Hi-res audio and future music formats

  • Piracy in 2019 and beyond

  • Post production innovation: plugins, workstations, automated mixing

  • Sound design and music for video games

  • Knowledge transfer between music industry and academia

  • Cross-disciplinary topics around music and innovation

Register for Innovation In Music 2019


Innovation In Music 2019 will be held at the University of West London’s Ealing Campus on 05 - 07 December 2019.


Innovation in Music welcomes academics, creatives, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and and discuss a wide range of topics including:

-      Innovative music creation and performance

-      Music technology innovation

-      Innovation in music business

-      Music production: past, present and future


The InMusic19 call for papers has now closed and over 60 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

01 October 2019 - early bird registration discount ends

02 December 2019 - full papers submitted for peer review and editing process

05 December 2019 - conference opens

07 December 2019 - conference closes

08 December 2019 - C21MP workshop [optional]

15 January 2020 - final paper submission for conference proceedings

Conference Fees

Conference attendance fees are now confirmed. Early-bird fees are £260 per delegate, which includes attendance at the conference banquet. After the above period, they will rise to £295.

A 15% discount is available for currently registered research students. This is equivalent to £221, rising to £251 after the early-bird period. To obtain this discount, research-degree candidates should send an institutional letter that verifies their student status to the email address, after which they will be issued with a unique discount code.


Keynotes and Special Events at InMusic19 

Production Keynote:

Trevor Horn - "The Man Who Invented the Eighties"

As one of this generation’s most decorated producers, Trevor Horn is a true legend in the music industry. After forming The Buggles and recording the chart topping 1979 hit “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Horn went on to produce some of the most recognizable anthems that defined the Eighties, including ABC’s “Lexicon of Love”, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits “Relax”, “Two Tribes” and“The Power of Love”.

Horn went on to produce hits for Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Cher, Boyzone, 10cc, John Legend, Lisa Stansfield, and Robbie Williams, altogether earning him 3 Brit Awards for Best British Producer, 3 Producer of the Year awards, 5 Ivor Novellos, 2 Grammy Awards for Yes’ “90215” and Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose”, and the 2014 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2006 Horn created his supergroup The Producers, performing with fellow producers and musicians Lol Creme, Steve Lipson, and Ash Soan. In 2012, the group released their debut album “Made in Basing Street”, and continue to perform covers of their favourite works as well as original material.

Performance Keynote:

Bruce Woolley - futurist performer and legendary songwriter


Bruce Woolley is an English songwriter, composer, performer and music producer - with many artist credits, including Cher, Grace Jones, the Orb and Nicki Minaj. He is a Theremin enthusiast, and has recently researched and presented a new keynote “Video Killed the Radio Star - How the Future began” - exploring the origins of Electronic Music and the evolution of the record industry (as a whole).

Innovation Keynote:

Matan Berkowitz - Interdisciplinary artist & entrepreneur

Matan lives in the nexus of art, technology and positive impact. His award-winning inventions translate physical signals (such as brainwaves, heartbeats and movements) into music, turn everyday objects into instruments and have been displayed at museums, galleries, events and stages worldwide.



On the evening of the 5th of December, along with a wine reception, we will be staging an incredible world-first performance from the Radio Science Orchestra plus special guests: space-age pop from the birth of radio to the atomic age and beyond –


The Radio Science Orchestra will create a 45 minute audio-visual performance which will focus on the inception and evolution of electronic music – from its electro-mechanical origins, through to the modern digital age. The ensemble will illustrate the epoch with a collection of songs, interstitial sound design, as well as spoken and recorded references to notable luminaries – From Russolo, Cahill, Varese through Stockhausen, Theremin and Moog, to Kraftwerk and beyond.

Archive footage and bespoke films will augment this musical story, which will be narrated by Bruce Woolley.

The lineup will encompass a variety of esoteric instruments, including theremin, concert harp, Moogs, modular synthesizer and Ondes Martenot.

Using Dante/RedNet technology, several musicians will be performing together from different studio spaces around UWL, and will be simultaneously captured in a number of recording studios. They will be joined in real time by further remote musicians in Edinburgh Napier University (400 miles away) via LoLa with 2-way AV. All of these performances will be spatialized into a 3-D stage mix and supported by VJ-ed video coverage of all the action. The various mixes will be diffused in real time by Matan Berkowitz using his self-designed gestural controllers, the 'Airstrument’.

There will be further performances by:

   • Modular Synthesizer demonstration by Nino Auricchio

   • Curiosbot: mixed-reality performance -

Book Launches

Dr Paula Wolfe will be launching her book: ‘Women in the Studio’

Dr Phil Harding will be launching his new book: 'Pop Music Production - Manufactured Pop and BoyBands of the 1990s'. Further details here

Technical demonstrations

We are setting up a number of hands-on technical demonstration sessions and installations, including:


  • Electroglottography-based vocal-chord to MIDI conversion

  • Ambisonic guitar system

  • 'Music for Goldfish’ - an aleatoric drone installation

C21MP Workshop - Publishing Practice-Research Effectively

10:00 – 13:00 on Sunday 8th December 2019 at the University of West London

As a separate and complementary ‘add-on’ to the InMusic conference, the London College of Music, UWL is hosting a workshop by the 21st Century Music Practice (C21MP) research network on preparing Practice Research outputs for publication and dissemination. After consultation with the Practice Research in the Arts Group (PRAG-UK), the Royal Musical Association’s practice research group and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s UK & Ireland group, we have developed a proposed approach that involves the separate publication (on the  C21MP website) of supporting and contextualising materials to highlight and strengthen the ‘research-ness’ of practice research outputs. Attendance will be free to anyone (attending the InMusic conference or otherwise) but will be limited by the space we are able to book. Booking will open closer to the time.

The workshop will be chaired by Professor Simon Zagorski-Thomas and will work through examples of Practice Research portfolio publication and encourage participants to share details of their own good practice in this area. Further details will be found closer to the time on the page.


Conference Chair

Professor Justin Paterson - University of West London

Conference Committee UK

Professor Justin Paterson - University of West London

Russ Hepworth-Sawyer - MOTTOsound & York St John University

Professor Rob Toulson – University of Westminster

Associate Chairs

Mike Exarchos - University of West London

Dr Paul Oliver - University of West London


Founding Committee Members

Dennis Collopy - University of Hertfordshire 

Dr Jay Hodgson - University of Western Ontario

International Programme Committee

Dr Liz Dobson – University of Huddersfield

Dr Ruth Dockwray – University of Chester

Professor Paul Ferguson – Edinburgh Napier University

Sally Gross – University of Westminster

Dr Simon Hall – Birmingham City University

Dr Kirsten Hermes – University of Westminster

Andrew Horsburgh – Southampton Solent University

Dr Liz Lane – University of the West of England

Richard Lightman – University of Kent

Dr Mariana Lopez – University of York

Kallie Marie – New York University

Dr Mark Marrington – York St John University

Bryan Martin – McGill University

Professor Josh Reiss – Queen Mary University London

Professor Robert Sholl – The Royal Academy

Professor Darren Sproston – University of Chester

Dr Nikos Stavropoulos – Leeds Beckett University

Professor Rob Toulson – University of Westminster

Professor Catherine Tackley – University of Liverpool

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: 

Special thanks also to Music Tech Fest for sharing ideas and opportunities.


Conference Venue

University of West London

St Mary's Rd


W5 5RF


London College of Music is a school within the University of West London. It holds a rich connection with London’s diverse music industries, and is situated in the busy creative hub of Ealing.

London is at the heart of the UK and Europe’s music industry, providing a thriving network of creative artists and technology innovators, as well as being the focal point of the music industry’s business economy. Being hosted in London enables some of the world’s most innovative individuals and organisations to engage with the conference and share discussions around innovation in music.

Hotel Xanadu in Ealing has a very special rate of £110/night for InMusic19 delegates. To get this rate, just mention the conference when booking (places are limited):

Doubletree by Hilton - London, Ealing also have a discount rate for conference delegates. The hotel is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the University, across Ealing Common. Public transport is also available. Special rate conference booking link:

Past Conferences

Past Conferences


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 (2019).

Download programmes and abstracts for past conferences:

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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