Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association annual conference and festival
October 31st and November 1st, 2019
Keynote Lecture and Performance: Robert Henke
Other keynote details TBC
Performance haunts our electronic music and sonic arts.
The technologies which facilitate our sonic creations transmit, but also sometimes obscure, the gestures of our sound production. Speakers, microphones and interfaces could be said to displace as they transmit or transduce. How much of the electronic music we hear is actually performed? How have our technologies changed our ideas of performance?
In the post-digital age, we often see an intermingling of technologies, terminologies and approaches, encompassing electroacoustic/computer/
In 2019, ISSTA returns to Cork, to be hosted by the CIT Cork School of Music in association with Cork Sound Fair. The small city centre is teeming with live music performances, from gigs in small venues and pubs to regular festivals that welcome thousands of visitors to the city. Its musical history is rich in diversity. The Arcadia Ballroom, the Cork Orchestral Society, the Jazz Festival, the Opera House among others all brought national and international performers to audiences in the city. In the 21st century the City has experienced a musical Renaissance and today Cork has a wide array of active promoters and venues. We look forward to welcoming artists, technologists, theorists and other researchers to discuss the issues above at ISSTA 2019 in Cork.
Submission deadline is June 7, 2019; (midnight Irish and UK time).
Submission is via the Easychair system. Submitters should set up an Easychair account.
There are instructions for authors here:
Further details are available on the Cork School of Music website.
The call is open to all practitioners and researchers regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.
Registration for ISSTA 2019 is required for participation.
We aim to provide review notification by August 6th.
1) PAPERS which engage with the conference theme, or relate to ISSTA subject matter, including those on the following topics:
Interfaces for Music or Sound | Laptop Music and Live Electronics
Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus
Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy
Digital Audio, Digital Signal Processing, Sound Diffusion and Sound Synthesis
History of Sound, Science and Technology
Submission is by abstract (up to 500 words).
Paper proposals are reviewed double–blind. ISSTA’s working language is English.
Presented papers at ISSTA are expected to be 20 minutes in duration.
2) MUSIC AND SOUND ART should primarily be presented as real-time live performances. We can accommodate some headphone-based installation pieces (though these may include video).
Technical requirements: we anticipate being able to facilitate stereo or multichannel (max 8-channel spatial audio) performances or fixed-media compositions but are not able to facilitate setups requiring a large numbers of performers or full bands.
Electronic Music and Computer Music
Electroacoustic Composition –real-time/performed
Circuit bending/hardware hacking
Sound installations (headphone-based or video–with–headphones)
We aim to review music submissions using double-blind methods as far as is practicable, but we appreciate that some support materials or weblinks will often reveal identifying information.
Early-bird Full fee (professional): €40 (until 16th September 2019)
Early-bird Independent artist/student/unwaged/irregular income: €20 (until 16th September 2019)
Full fee (professional): €50
Independent artist/student/unwaged/irregular income: €25
ISSTA is a subscriber–funded organisation and is not in receipt of state funding; we regret that we are not currently in a position to pay artists’ fees or make contributions to travel expenses.
Chairs and Organising Committee, ISSTA 2019
Conference Chair: Mr Hugh McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, CIT Cork School of Music (CITCSM)
Co-chairs: Mr Simon MacHale (CITCSM), Mr Roddy O’Keefe (CITCSM)
Chairs of Music track: Roddy O’Keeffe (CITCSM), Dr Jenn Kirby (UWTSD and ISSTA) and Dr Rob Casey (Ulster University, ISSTA)
Chairs of Paper track: Mr Simon McHale (CITCSM) and Dr Stephen Roddy (TCD and ISSTA)
Dr Brian Bridges, President
Dr Jenn Kirby, Vice–President
Mr Robin Parmar, Treasurer
Dr Stephen Roddy, Web and PR
Dr Rob Casey, Secretary