First Call for Papers: 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity (CSMC + MuMe)

First Call for Papers: 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity (CSMC + MuMe)

Oct 22-24 2020 @ KTH and KMH, Stockholm, Sweden

The computational simulation of musical creativity continues to be an exciting and significant area of academic research, and is now making impacts in commercial realms. Such systems pose several theoretical and technical challenges, and are the result of an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses the domains of music, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and philosophy. This can be seen within the broader realm of Musical Metacreation, which studies the design and use of such generative tools and theories for music making: discovery and exploration of novel musical styles and content, collaboration between human performers and creative software “partners”, and design of systems in gaming and entertainment that dynamically generate or modify music.

The 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity brings together for the first time two overlapping but distinct research forums: The Computer Simulation of Music Creativity conference (, est. 2016), and The International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (, est. 2012). The principal goal is to bring together scholars and artists interested in the virtual emulation of musical creativity and its use for music creation, and to provide an interdisciplinary platform to promote, present and discuss their work in scientific and artistic contexts.

The three-day program will feature two keynotes, research paper presentations, demonstrations, discussion panels, and two concerts. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Emeritus Dr. Johan Sundberg (Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, and Dr. Alice Eldridge (Music, Sussex University, UK,


We encourage submissions of work on topics related to CSMC and MuMe, including, but not limited to, the following:


  • systems capable of analysing music;
  • systems capable of generating music;
  • systems capable of performing music;
  • systems capable of (online) improvisation;
  • systems for learning or modeling music style and structure;
  • systems for intelligently remixing or recombining musical material;
  • systems in sound synthesis, or automatic synthesizer design;
  • adaptive music generation systems;
  • music-robotic systems;
  • systems implementing societies of virtual musicians;
  • systems that foster and enhance the musical creativity of human users;
  • music recommendation systems;
  • systems implementing computational aesthetics, emotional responses, novelty and originality;
  • applications of CSMC and/or MuMe for digital entertainment: sound design, soundtracks, interactive art, etc.


  • surveys of state-of-the-art techniques in the research area;
  • novel representations of musical information;
  • methodologies for qualitative or quantitative evaluation of CSMC and/or MuMe systems;
  • philosophical foundations of CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • mathematical foundations of  CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • evolutionary models for  CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • cognitive models for  CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • studies on the applicability of music-creative techniques to other research areas;
  • new models for improving CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • emerging musical styles and approaches to music production and performance involving the use of CSMC and/or MuMe systems
  • authorship and legal implications of CSMC and/or MuMe;
  • future directions of CSMC and/or MuMe.

Paper Submission Format

There are three formats for paper submissions:

  • Full papers (8 pages maximum, not including references);
  • Work-in-progress papers (5 pages maximum, not including references);
  • Demonstrations (3 pages maximum, not including references).

The templates will be released early 2020, and EasyChair submission link opened soon thereafter. Please check the conference website for updates:

Since we will use single-blind reviewing, submissions do not have to be anonymized. Each submission will receive at least three reviews. All papers should be submitted as complete works. Demo systems should be tested and working by the time of submission, rather than be speculative. We encourage audio and video material to accompany and illustrate the papers (especially for demos). We ask that authors arrange for their web hosting of audio and video files, and give URL links to all such files within the text of the submitted paper.

Accepted full papers will be published in a proceedings with an ISBN. Furthermore, selected papers will be invited for expansion and consideration for publication in the Journal of Creative Music Systems (

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: August 14 2020
Paper notification: September 18 2020
Camera-ready paper deadline: October 2 2020

Presentation and Multimedia Equipment:

We will provide a video projection system as well as a stereo audio system for use by presenters at the venue. Additional equipment required for presentations and demonstrations should be supplied by the presenters. Contact the Conference Chair ( to discuss any special equipment and setup needs/concerns.


At least one author of each accepted submission should register for the conference by Sep. 25, 2020, and attend the workshop to present their contribution. Papers without authors will be withdrawn. Please check the conference website for details on registration:

About the Conference

The event is hosted by the Division of Speech, Music and Hearing, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (KTH) in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music (KMH).

Conference chair: Bob L. T. Sturm, Division of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH
Paper chair: Andy Elmsley, CTO Melodrive
Music chair: Mattias Sköld, Instutitionen för komposition, dirigering och musikteori, KMH
Panel chair: Oded Ben-Tal, Department of Performing Arts, Kingston University, UK
Publicity chair: André Holzapfel, Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design, KTH
Sound and music computing chair: Roberto Bresin, Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design, KTH

Questions & Requests

Please direct any inquiries/suggestions/special requests to the Conference Chair (


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