IMA Maths in Music Conference 13-15 July 2022, Royal College of Music London

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Institute of Mathematics and its Applications 
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Pamela Bye 


CALL FOR PAPERS The study of the relationship between music and mathematics has a thousand-year-long history which predates Pythagoras. Mathematics and music share a common basis of language and creativity. From the theory of tuning systems and temperament to physical acoustics, from harmonic analysis to spectrograms, from the structures of rhythms and pulses to the continuous stretching of the laws of harmony and the exploration of the musical forms carried out by contemporary composers, all elements of music lead to an immediate connection to mathematics. Established and recent research has witnessed the use of set theory to describe how musical objects are related and organised, the use of group theory in the context of transformational analysis of tonal and atonal compositions, the application of Grassmannians to the study of temperaments, and the investigation of category theory, topology and differential geometry to provide a basis of music theory. The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is glad to announce the launch of the first IMA conference on "Mathematics in Music", to take place on 13-15 July 2022 at the Royal College of Music, London. The conference focusses onto the exploration of the connections between mathematics and music, in particular current developments of music theory, music performance, music perception and music technology based on or inspired by mathematical applications and concepts, including (but not limited to) category theory, group theory, topology, differential geometry, combinatorics, analysis, acoustic theory, as well as artificial intelligence, deep learning, language processing and coding. The conference is aimed at mathematical researchers working at the frontier between mathematics or computation with music theory, musicology, music performance, sound engineering and composition, as well as at musicologists or computational musicologists, performers and composers using quantitative tools and formal methods from mathematics in their investigation and professional practice of music. Invited Speakers: Prof Emily Howard, Royal Northern College of Music Prof Guerino Mazzola, University of Minnesota Prof Geraint Wiggins, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Queen Mary University of London Moreno Andreatta, CNRS Director of Research at IRMA Call for Abstracts: Abstract Submission of 300 words by the 31 March 2022. via Note: If you are an IMA Member or you have previously registered for an IMA conference, then you are already on our database. Please “request a new password” using the email address previously used, to log in

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Conference Fees: IMA/RCM Member – £150 Non-Member – £300 Student IMA/RCM Student Member – £100 Non-Member Student - £120

Important Dates: Call for papers deadline – 31 March 2022 Papers acceptance notification – 15 April 2022 Scores selection notification – 1 April 2022 Final registration date – 1 July 2022 Conference Dates – 13-15 July 2022

Organising Committee: Matteo Sommacal, Northumbria University Michelle Phillips, Royal Northern College of Music Dimitri Scarlato, Royal College of Music Rob Sturman, Leeds University

Further information: E-mail: [email protected]
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK. In cooperation with the Royal College of Music


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