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International Computer Music Association

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About ICMA

The International Computer Music Association is an international affiliation of individuals and institutions involved in the technical, creative, and performance aspects of computer music. It serves composers, computer software and hardware developers, researchers, and musicians who are interested in the integration of music and technology.

ICMA functions include:



The International Computer Music Conference — The ICMA cosponsors the annual ICMC, which, since its inception in 1974, has become the preeminent yearly gathering of computer music practitioners from around the world. The ICMC’s unique interleaving of professional paper presentations and concerts of new computer music compositions—refereed by ICMA-approved international panels— creates a vital synthesis of science, technology, and the art of music. You can find a web page with more information regarding the last ICMC at www.icmc2006.org.

Networking — The ICMA and ICMC represent a unique opportunity to interact with others concerned with the cross-influence of the creative and technological in computer music and related fields (applications in composition, musicology, music theory, music representation, pedagogy, aesthetics, etc.) The ICMA Membership Directory lists names and addresses for all members. Email and fax addresses are listed when available. The icma-members e-mail group serves as a vital communications tool keeping the membership updated with the ICMA calendar, related relevant events and information, as well as serving as a basic link for research. This e-mail group is a moderated service to protect members from junk mail, flames and commercial messages.

Publications, Recordings and Projects — Since its inception in 1979 as a nonprofit corporation, ICMA has provided a central base of information dissemination for the computer music community. Its newsletter, ARRAY, is published online. Other regular publications include back-issues of the ICMC Proceedings and the Proceeding index (1987-97). The ICMA Membership Directory, the ICMA Video Reviews, and the ICMA Recording Series. ICMA is expanding its affiliations and research sponsorship to include partnerships with nonprofit and corporate institutions.

ICMA Commissions and Awards — In 1991, the first International Computer Music Commission Awards were presented to three composers to create computer music compositions for premiere performances during the 1992 ICMC. Since that time annual commissions have provided composers with cash awards from the ICMA Commission Awards Fund plus travel expenses to attend and participate in preparations for the premier performance. The commissioning process is described here. In 1995 the Journal of New Music Research Distinguished Paper Award was established. This Distinguished Paper Award provides a cash award to the author(s) and publication in the Journal of New Music Research. In 2000, ICMA established a Best Presentation Award, to be awarded in conjunction with the annual ICMC.