The Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM2015) was held 22-25 June-2015 at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the United Kingdom. MCM is the flagship conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM), whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music (JMM).
The conference brings together researchers from around the world who combine mathematics or computation with music theory, music analysis, composition and performance. MCM provides a dedicated platform for the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in mathematics, informatics, music theory, composition, musicology, and related disciplines.
The 2015 event is co-hosted by the Schools of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (Centre for Digital Music) and the School of Mathematical Sciences, and is promoted by QMUL in association with the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, London Mathematical Society, Institute of Musical Research, and the EPSRC.
Following a careful peer-review process, the program featured posters and talks based on papers on notation and representation, mathemusical patterns, music generation, deep learning, performance, geometric approaches, post-tonal music analysis, and scales. Accepted papers are published in the conference proceedings book, which appears as volume 9110 in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. The book is freely accessible for four weeks from the start of the conference.
The keynote speakers were: Gareth Loy (author of the two-volume Musimathics), Andrée Ehresmann (Université de Picardie Jules Verne), Emilia Gómez (University Pompeu Fabra), and Ge Wang (Stanford University & Co-founder, Smule). Videos of the keynotes can be found under the KEYNOTES tab and through bit.ly/mcm2015-keynotes.
In addition to the scientific program, there were two free concerts open to the public:
— Blood & Tango, Tue, 23 June 2015, 12pm
— Geometries & Gestures, Wed, 24 June 2015, 6pm
Detailed program notes are available under the PROGRAM tab.
All events took place in the Arts Two Lecture Theatre at QMUL. The poster can be downloaded from bit.ly/mcm2015-poster.