The Australasian Computer Music Conference will take place at the Australian National University, Canberra, from July 8-11, 2020. ACMC is the annual gathering of the Australasian Computer Music Association, a place to show and discuss research and artistic progress in computer/electronic music. It’s a festival of performances, installations, workshops, and tutorials that inspire, challenge, and showcase our community.

This year’s conference theme is inclusion. We want to highlight the diverse range of people who contribute to Australia’s computer/electronic music culture but may not normally attend an academic conference, including artists and scholars who are young/emerging, from regional/remote areas, who have a disability, who are First Nations People, who have low/no income, who are engaged in community music making, or who simply work outside of academia and mainstream institutions.

As part of these efforts, we will have an early call for contributions open from 15 December 2019 with the opportunity to provide feedback and engage in conversation with all interested participants. Further calls will be published in 2020. Submissions should be made through the EasyChair conference system, but questions or ideas over email ([email protected]) or to the individual organisers (listed below) are welcome!

Please note that multiple submissions (e.g., a performance, an artist talk, and a workshop) are possible and encouraged.

Rego fees TBC, but we are committed to providing low/no-cost access to ACMC for those who find that cost is a barrier for participation.

Looking forward to your submissions!

Ben Swift, Charles Martin, Nat Grant, Alexander Hunter, Kit Devine, Sia Ahmad (ACMC committee)

Call for Contributions

We invite submissions of performances, installations and musical works, papers and artist talks, and finally workshops and tutorials.

Papers, artist talks, and creative works will selected through a single-blind peer-review process with at least two reviewers. Workshops and tutorials will be selected by the conference organisers.

Performances and Music

Composers and performers are invited to submit works in any style of electroacoustic music including the following categories:

  • performances/music involving live electronics, including computer processing

  • laptop ensemble works

  • live coding and algorave performances

  • works combining musical instruments or voice with live or fixed media electronics, with up to 8 channels

  • electroacoustic music for fixed media (up to 8 channels)

  • video and multimedia works (up to 8 channels)

This call is open to all composers, regardless of nationality, age or career stage. Composers of selected works are generally expected to attend the conference.


We invite site-specific installation works for locations at the Australian National University School of Music, and Research School of Computer Science, these will be installed for the duration of the conference. These could be sound art works, multimedia works, sonic sculptures or self-playing systems.

Research Papers & Artist Talks

We invite extended abstracts of up to 1000 words for research papers and artist talks. These could relate to musical performances above or any of the topics listed below. All extended abstracts will be subject to single-blind review by at least two peer reviewers.

Accepted papers/talks will be presented in either short (10) or long (20 minutes) seminar format and the extended abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings. Full versions of accepted papers will be invited for further peer review and publication in Chroma, the journal of the Australasian Computer Music Association.

Workshops and Tutorials

We invite contributed workshops and tutorials to take place on Saturday 11 July at the ANU School of Music. Workshops and tutorials could be about the topics listed below and we make a particular call for workshops that are inclusive of the broad electronic music community.

Workshops will be included in the conference promotional materials and program. Workshops and tutorials will be selected by the conference committee. Venues and facilities will include seminar rooms and the music computing lab at the ANU School of Music. We are aiming for short workshops (60 minutes) to enable as many as possible. We invite you to get in touch to discuss workshop requirements before submitting.


  • 3D Audio
  • Acoustic Ecology
  • Acoustics of Music
  • Acoustics, Space, and Sound Distribution
  • Aesthetics, Theory, History and Philosophy
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Analysis of Electroacoustic Music
  • AR & VR
  • Archiving & Preservation of electroacoustic Music
  • Artificial Intelligence and Music
  • Computational Musicology
  • Composition Systems and Techniques
  • Digital Audio Signal Processing and Audio Effects
  • Distributed, Telematic, and Mobile Music
  • History of Electroacoustic Music
  • Improvisation and Technology
  • Languages for Computer Music
  • Live Coding
  • Mathematical Music Theory
  • Music Education
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • New Interfaces for Musical Expression
  • Notation and Scores
  • Perception and Cognition
  • Software and Hardware Systems
  • Sonification
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Studio Reports


Submission to ACMC is through the EasyChair website. You are welcome to send preliminary questions or inquiries about your submission idea, joining the review team, or suggestions for embracing inclusion in our community by emailing [email protected], or through the contact form below.

Submission Website (EasyChair):

Submission Format

There are three types of submissions for ACMC2020: (1) Performances, Music and Installations; (2) Research Paper & Artist Talks; and (3) Workshops and Tutorials.

When you submit through the EasyChair website, you will be asked to select the type of your submission and to then upload a PDF document with the details of your submission for review by the conference committee and peer-reviewers.

You will also need to include a plain text abstract/description of your submission, which can be the same as the abstract/description in your PDF document.

We have provided a template for each type of submission, please use these to create your submission document.

We ask for different information for each type of submission (see below), so please make sure that the format of your submission is correct so that the reviewers can make a full assessment of your work.

Performances, Musical Works and Installations

Download submission templates: docx, odt

The submission document must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Artist(s)
  • Program Note
  • Link to Documentation
  • Technical Requirements
  • Bio(s)

Performance, Musical Work and Installation submissions will be reviewed by at least two anonymous peer reviewers (single-blind review). Accepted submissions will be subject to further agreement on technical requirements and duration and the program notes will be included in the conference proceedings.

Research Papers & Artist Talks

Download submission templates: docx, odt

The submission document must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Abstract
  • Supporting Material
  • Bio(s)

Research paper and artist talk submissions will be reviewed by at least two anonymous peer reviewers (single-blind review). Accepted papers/talks will be presented in either short (10) or long (20 minutes) seminar format and the abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.

Workshops and Tutorials

Download submission templates: docx, odt

The submission document must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Presenter(s)
  • Description
  • Supporting Material
  • Technical Requirements
  • Bio(s)

Workshop and tutorial submissions will be curated by the ACMC2020 committee. Accepted workshops/tutorials will be subject to further agreement on presentation format and technical requirements.

Inclusion Support and Early Feedback

This year we’re making extra efforts to include a more diverse range of ACMC artists and scholars.

We understand that submitting to an academic conference can be intimidating, so if you need some extra support navigating submission, we are here to help! Up until 28 February we are able to give feedback on draft submissions, particularly from those outside of academic/mainstream institutions. If this applies to you, get in touch over email ([email protected]) with your draft submission and we will arrange feedback from one of the committee members. Your submission will not be reviewed by anyone who has given feedback through this arrangement.

After submissions are reviewed there will be a call for inclusion support for contributors who might have difficulty attending the conference. Selection will be by the conference committee and prioritise contributors with an accepted submission who would not be able to attend without extra support. The details of this call are to be advised over the coming weeks.

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Deadline for Early Feedback: 28 February 2020 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Deadline for Submission (Papers/Talks, Musical Works, Installations, Workshops): 13 March 2020 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Approximate date for acceptance notifications: 24 April 2020
  • Deadline for call for inclusion support: 1 May 2020 23:59 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Conference! 8-11 July 2020

Contact Point for Questions

We'll never share your email with anyone else.

Note that we also answer questions on comments on twitter, where we will use #acmc2020 to tag our discussions.

Location: ANU, Canberra

ACMC2020 will take place at the Australian National University, Canberra, on Ngunnawal country.

The conference is hosted by the ANU School of Music and Research School of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Fun fact: ACMC was last hosted in Canberra in 2010!

Information on accommodation and available facilities for attendees will be provided soon.


Meet the ACMC Committee! We’re a group of academics and artists committed to building an inclusive computer music scene in Canberra and Australia. We come from a variety of countries and disciplines. Although most of us work in universities, we also have experience as artists, orchestral musicians, music teachers, programmers, and elsewhere.

We’re responsible for organising ACMC2020 and selecting the program, but we rely on a team of reviewers to evaluate submissions fairly. If you want to be a reviewer for ACMC, get in touch!


Note: this is a draft program—full program to come closer to the event.

July Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11
day schools & youth workshops (RSCS) schools & youth workshops (RSCS) papers, artist talks, lunchtime concert (SoM) papers, artist talks, lunchtime concert (SoM) workshops & community day (SoM)
night   welcome reception, keynote and concert concert (ANU)
New Interface Night (TBA)
concert (ANU)
algorave (TBA)

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