New Interfaces for Musical Expression
New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies for musical expression and artistic performance. Researchers and musicians from all over the world gather to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.
The conference began as a workshop at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001 in Seattle, Washington. Since then, international conferences have been held annually around the world:
- NIME 2002 was hosted by Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland.
- NIME 2003 was held at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
- NIME 2004 was hosted by Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Hamamatsu, Japan.
- NIME 2005 was held at a University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
- NIME 2006 was hosted by IRCAM, Paris, France.
- NIME 2007 was held in New York City, hosted by the Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York University's Music Technology Program and the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts.
- NIME 2008 was hosted by the Infomus Lab at the University of Genova, Italy.
- NIME 2009 was held at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- NIME 2010 hosted by University of Technology, Sydney in Sydney, Australia.
- NIME 2011 was held at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.
- NIME 2012 was hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
- NIME 2013 was hosted by the Graduate School of Culture Technology at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Daejeon, South Korea, and featured a series of special events in Seoul.
Areas of Application
The following is a partial list of topics covered by the NIME conference:
- Design reports on novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
- Performance experience reports on live performance and composition using novel controllers
- Controllers for virtuosic performers, novices, education and entertainment
- Perceptual & cognitive issues in the design of musical controllers
- Movement, visual and physical expression with sonic expressivity
- Musical mapping algorithms and intelligent controllers
- Novel controllers for collaborative performance
- Interface protocols (e.g. MIDI) and alternative controllers
- Artistic, cultural, and social impact of new performance interfaces
- Real-time gestural control in musical performance
- Mapping strategies and their influence on digital musical instrument design
- Sensor and actuator technologies for musical applications
- Haptic and force feedback devices for musical control
- Real-time computing tools and interactive systems
- Pedagogical applications of new interfaces - Courses and curricula
Other similarly themed conferences include
- Experimental musical instrument about several alternative instruments.
- Official website
- NIME 2012 conference website
- Index to NIME Conference Proceedings. From Trier University’s DBLP database.
- NIME group on YouTube. Videos of demos and performances at various editions of NIME.
- Allen, Jamie. “Review of NIME 2005.” Computer Music Journal 30/1 (Spring 2006).
- Lehrman, Paul D. “Tomorrow's Virtuosi & What They’ll Be Playing: A report from the fifth New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, in Vancouver, Canada, May 2005.” Sound on Sound.
- Poupyrev, Ivan, Lyons, Michael J., Fels, Sidney, Blaine, Tina (Bean). "New Interfaces for Musical Expression." ACM CHI'01, Extended Abstracts, pp. 491–492, 2001.
- Pritchard, Bob. “[Report] NIME 2010.” eContact! 12.4 — Perspectives on the Electroacoustic Work / Perspectives sur l’œuvre électroacoustique (August 2010). Montréal: CEC.
- Raskob, Evan. “Phasors Built My Hot Rod.” Documentary film about the NIME course at New York University.
- Richardson, Patrick. “Innovative New Digital Instruments: NIME Conference Multimedia Mega-Report.” Extensive report on NIME07. Create Digital Music blog. Posted 25 June 2007.