2nd Annual Web Audio Conference – submissions now open

July 12, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by newmusicscotland

The 2nd Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held April 4-6, 2016 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

WAC is an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference welcomes web developers, music technologists, computer musicians, application designers, researchers, and people involved in web standards. The conference addresses research, development, design, and standards concerned with emerging audio-related web technologies such as Web Audio API, Web RTC, WebSockets and Javascript. It is open to industry engineers, R&D scientists, academic researchers, artists, and students. The first Web Audio Conference was held in January 2015 at IRCAM and Mozilla in Paris, France.

The Internet has become much more than a simple storage and delivery network for audio files, as modern web browsers on desktop and mobile devices bring new user experiences and interaction opportunities. New and emerging web technologies and standards now allow applications to create and manipulate sound in real-time at near-native speeds, enabling the creation of a new generation of web-based applications that mimic the capabilities of desktop software while leveraging unique opportunities afforded by the web in areas such as social collaboration, user experience, cloud computing, and portability. The Web Audio Conference focuses on innovative work by artists, researchers, and engineers in industry and academia, highlighting new standards, tools, APIs, and practices as well as innovative web audio applications for musical performance, education, research, collaboration, and production.

Contributions to the second edition of the Web Audio Conference are encouraged in the following areas:

Web Audio API, Web MIDI, Web RTC, and other existing or emerging web standards for audio and music
Development tools, practices, and strategies of web audio applications
Innovative audio and music based web applications
Client-side audio processing (real-time or non real-time)
Audio data and metadata formats and network delivery
Server-side audio processing and client access
Client-side audio engine and audio rendering
Frameworks for audio synthesis, processing, and transformation
Web-based audio visualization and/or sonification
Multimedia integration
Web-based live coding environments for music
Web standards and use of standards within audio based web projects
Hardware and tangible interfaces in web applications
Codecs and standards for remote audio transmission
Any other innovative work related to web audio that does not fall into the above categories

We welcome submissions in the following tracks: paper, poster, demo, performance, and artwork. All submissions will be single-blind peer reviewed. The conference proceedings, which will include both papers (for papers and posters) and abstracts (for demos, performances, and artworks), will be published online in SmartTech, Georgia Tech’s archival open-access repository.

Papers: Submit a 4-6 page paper to be given as an oral presentation.

Talks: Submit an abstract to be given as an oral presentation.

Posters: Submit a 2-4 page paper to be presented at a poster session.

Demos: Submit an abstract to be presented at a hands-on demo session. Demo submissions should include a title, a one-paragraph abstract and a complete list of technical requirements (including anything expected to be provided by the conference organizers).

Performances: Submit a performance making creative use of web-based audio applications. Performances can include elements such as audience device participation, web-based interfaces, WebMIDI, WebSockets, and/or other imaginative approaches to web technology. Submissions must include a title, a one-paragraph abstract of the performance, a link to video documentation of the work, a complete list of technical requirements (including anything expected to be provided by conference organizers), and names and one-paragraph biographies of all musicians involved in the performance.

Artworks: Submit a sonic web artwork or interactive application which makes significant use of web audio standards such as Web Audio API or WebMIDI in conjunction with other technologies such as HTML5 graphics, WebGL, and/or interactivity. Works must be suitable for presentation on a computer kiosk with headphones. They will be featured at the conference venue throughout the conference and on the conference web site. Submissions must include a title, one-paragraph abstract of the work, a link to access the work, and names and one-paragraph biographies of the author(s).

Tutorials: If you are interested in running a tutorial session at the conference, please contact the organizers directly (webaudio at gatech dot edu).

Important Dates
October 1, 2015: submission deadline

December 1, 2015: author notification

March 1, 2016: camera-ready papers and abstracts due

April 4-6, 2016: conference

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for and attend the conference in order to present their work.

Submission Templates and Submission System

Submission templates are available on the conference web site at http://webaudio.gatech.edu/node/22

The submission system is open at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/WAC2016/