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ISSTA Sound Conf 2019 : Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association 2019 international conference and festival


When Oct 31, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019
Where Cork, Ireland
Submission Deadline Jun 7, 2019
Notification Due Aug 6, 2019
Final Version Due Oct 31, 2019
Categories    sound   music   technology   art

Call For Papers

ISSTA 2019: Perform! Call for works and papers, deadline June 7th

Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association International Festival and Conference

CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork City, Ireland

Oct 31st and 1st Nov 2019

Keynote Lecture and Performance: Robert Henke

Keynote Workshop and Performance: Ellen King (Gash Collective, IRE)

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/electronic music and sound-art. The terminology and descriptors are now becoming irrevocably entangled as a surge of new performers rise amidst the deluge of new hardware and software tools. As this cross–pollination occurs, the so-called cultural underground that originally supported this music appears to be very much ‘overground’ and alive, peddling its wares (equipment as well as music) with increasing prolificacy and achieving ever–increasing globalised acceptance. Should a new language be invented to define and discuss this music, or should the existing one be augmented? Or should we simply stop, listen, and enjoy the performance?

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, have 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.

Instructions on the Easychair system can be found here:

Full call details are available here:

The call is open to all practitioners and researchers regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.


1) PAPERS which engage with the conference theme, or relate to ISSTA subject matter, including those on the following topics. Submission is by abstract (up to 500 words).

Interfaces for Music or Sound | Laptop Music and Live Electronics

Electroacoustic Music

Music/Audio software

Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus

Soundscape Art/Studies

Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy

Acoustic Ecology

Circuit Bending

Digital Audio, Digital Signal Processing, Sound Diffusion and Sound Synthesis

History of Sound, Science and Technology

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.

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.

Registration for ISSTA 2019 is required for participation.

We aim to provide review notification by August 6th.


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.

Queries? Email


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)

ISSTA BOARD (2018/19):

Dr Brian Bridges, President

Dr Jenn Kirby, Vice–President

Mr Robin Parmar, Treasurer

Dr Stephen Roddy, Web and PR

Dr Rob Casey, Secretary

Dr Róisín Loughan

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