Call for Papers

Workshop on Practice-Based Research in New Interfaces for Musical Expression

 NIME 2014 Workshop: Goldsmiths, London, UK

Workshop Proceedings


Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014 (No extensions possible!)

Notification: May 16, 2014

Workshop date: June 30, 2014

Practitioner-researchers in new musical instrument/interface design often set themselves multiple challenges: they seek to design and implement new technologies, create and perform new works, examine and evaluate what they have done and, finally, articulate what has been learned in the process.

To do this effectively requires careful consideration of the links between creative work and research.  Failing to do so can lead to technical research which lacks relevance to creative practice or, conversely, creative work where the broader contribution is unclear.

This workshop focuses on the relationships between creative practice and research – and blends of the two – with particular emphasis on new musical interface/instrument design.

Combining practice and research leads to a series of difficult questions, including:

  •  What constitutes a contribution in the context of practice-based research in new musical instrument/interface design?
  •  How do we show that we have made a contribution?  What kinds of evidence are appropriate?
  •  Do we always need to evaluate our interfaces/instruments?  What does evaluation mean in creative contexts?  Are there fixed criteria?
  •  What is the status of the work (performance, instrument, composition, exhibition, …) itself?  Is it possible to understand the contribution of practice-based research without experiencing the work?  What is the role of documentation?
  •  What is the place of personal reflection in relation to practice-based research?


We invite 2-4 page papers or position papers for presentation and in-depth discussion.  Submissions from students are welcome and encouraged.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of practice-based research in the area of NIME.
  • Theoretical and conceptual framings of practice-based research in NIME contexts.
  • Personal reflections on past or ongoing practice-based research projects.
  • Techniques and methods for examining people’s experiences with new instruments/interfaces.
  • Approaches and methods from other domains and cultures.
  • Radical ideas, new approaches.

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and archived on the workshop website.  After the workshop, selected participants will be invited to expand their papers for a special issue of Leonardo Transactions.


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All submissions will be peer reviewed.

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Andrew Johnston, Sam Ferguson and Ernest Edmonds

Creativity and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney



Please send enquiries to

Goldsmiths, London, UK, 30 June 2014