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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.


InMusic23 - In Photos

Photos by Rachel Bolton


Conference Information


We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Innovation in Music 2023 at Edinburgh Napier University on Friday 30th June!


Below is some information about the conference.




The conference beings with the Welcome Event at Summerhall at 5.30pm on Friday 30th June. From 5.30pm refreshments will be available in the courtyard of Summerhall, with registration also happening at that point. The performances will take place from 7pm until 10pm.


On Saturday and Sunday, we are at Craiglockhart

Campus. Saturday begins with registration and

coffee/ tea from 8am. Please make sure that you are

registered by 8.45am, to allow time for the Welcome

at 9am in the Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre.


The latest schedule can be found below.

Please check this as changes have been made as

the conference develops.


Technical requirements

Each presentation room will have an HDMI connector for projection from laptops, and a 3.5mm jack for audio. There is also the option to supply your presentation on USB stick and to use a PC. If you require anything further, please let us know ahead of time.



Presentations will be 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for changeover to the next paper. These times will be strictly adhered to, in order to ensure that the schedule runs on time.

The draft schedule can be seen below (subject to change up until the conference). Download the schedule here:


Online Presentations

Some InMusic Conference Presenters were unfortunately unable to attend in person, but instead sent video presentations to be watched online by delegates.

On Sunday at 11:15 am, the remote presenters will attend an online panel session and the live audience will be able to hear a summary of their work and engage in a Q&A session with the authors. You can now view the online presentations below:

Timothy Tate


Composing Glitch: Exploring the creative and sonic potentials of a circuit-bent CD player

Balakrishnan Raghavan


Performing Utopia: "How incongruous is it for a mustached, whiskered man to sing ‘My husband is calling me.’ ”

Henrique Portovedo


SCAMP Singularity 3b: Algorithmic Computer-Assisted Music as means of Multidimensional Performance and Creation

Andrew Brown


The Impossible Box: Building a DIY Groovebox on a $10 microprocessor


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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