FMA2013 : Call for Abstracts

You are kindly invited to participate in the 3rd International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis that will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 6 and 7, 2013.  It is the third workshop in a series (Athens 2011, Sevilla 2012).

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research in the area of computational ethnomusicology. There are two important motivations. Firstly, recent advances in computer science, artificial intelligence, etc. have great potential to be employed for (ethno)musicology. This implies a more empiric approach to music studies. The current research in this area is only in its beginnings.

Therefore much attention should be paid to explore these methods and their relation to the research traditions of musicology. Secondly, most of the current research in music information retrieval is primarily aimed at western music. Therefore, with this workshop we want to stimulate a broader focus that also includes non-western musics.

Authors are kindly invited to submit an extended abstract (max. 1000 words or 2 pages in 12 point font). Additional pages may be added for references. The extended abstracts will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts have the opportunity to contribute a full paper to be published online in the workshop proceedings in addition to the extended abstract. The language of the workshop is English. There is no limit on the number of abstracts that may be submitted by a single researcher, and abstracts do not need to be anonymized for blind review.

Topics include:

– Computational ethnomusicology
– Retrieval systems for non-western and folk musics
– New methods for music transcription
– Formalization of musical data
– Folk music classification systems
– Models of oral transmission of music
– Cognitive modelling of music
– Aesthetics and related philosophical issues
– Methodological issues
– Representational issues and models
– Audio and symbolic representations
– Formal and computational music analysis

Important dates:

3 February 2013: Deadline for abstract submissions
10 March 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection of submissions
5 May 2013: Deadline for submission of revised abstracts or full papers
6 and 7 June: Workshop

The workshop is jointly organized by the eLaboratory Oral Culture of the Meertens Institute, the Department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht Universty and the Study Group on Digital Musicology of the International Musicological Society. The workshop is supported by the eHumanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Local organizing committee:

– Peter van Kranenburg (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam)
– Berit Janssen (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam)
– Anja Volk (Utrecht University)
– Frans Wiering (Utrecht University)

Further details will be announced on the workshop’s webpage: