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ISSTA 2018 – WHO’S LISTENING? SOUND AND PUBLIC SPACE: Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association annual conference. Ulster University, November 9th and 10th 2018. Deadline for submission is extended to Tuesday May 29th.

Dr Salomé Voegelin (Listening Across Disciplines group, author of Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art, Reader in Sound Art at the University of the Arts, London)

Prof. Anna Barney (Listening Across disciplines group, Professor of Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University) 

Contemporary urban society is a contested space. Commerce generates a flurry of signage and advertising jingles. Industry excavates and accumulates, building uniform structures of concrete and steel, and throughout all is the traffic of daily ritual, the friction of tires on tarmacadam. Commercial interests and planners often distill this heterogeneous field down to simplified brands, cultural signifiers designed to encourage investors. What room is left in this complex of power and policy for community? Where is public space and what role can it play in contemporary life? How can sound, in particular, interrogate the urban matrix?

In 2018, ISSTA returns to Derry to explore these issues, relationships and tensions. With the spatial definition provided by its historic walled city and cross–border hinterland, the resonances of its civil rights movement (of which 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary), its historic conflicts and diverse musical and sonic cultures, from traditional music sessions to marches, we hope that Derry will provide a thought–provoking setting which will support fruitful discussion, debate and listening!

We would particularly welcome contributions relating to sound and urban studies, auditory architecture and design, sonic archaeology and sonic heritage, psychogeography, place-making, activism, soundscape studies, and sound’s relationships with anthropology and human geography, alongside more general topics relating to music technologies, sound art, electronic and experimental music performance and composition.

Deadline for submission is extended to Tuesday, May 29th. Further information here

Submission deadline is extended to Tuesday May 29th; (midnight Irish and UK time).

Submission is via the Easychair system.

The call is open to all practitioners and researchers regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Registration for ISSTA 2018 is required for participation.

We aim to provide review notification by July 3rd. 


PAPERS which engage with the conference themes, or relating to ISSTA subject matter, including:

  • Acoustic Ecology
  • Computational Musicology
  • Computer Music
  • Digital Audio, Digital Signal Processing, Sound Diffusion and Sound Synthesis
  • DJ Practices
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • History of Sound, Science and Technology
  • Interfaces for Music or Sound
  • Laptop Music and Live Electronics
  • Music/Audio software
  • Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus
  • Soundscape Art/Studies
  • Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy

Submission is by abstract (up to 500 words).

Paper proposals are reviewed double–blind. ISSTA’s working language is English.

Presented papers at ISSTA are expected to be 20 minutes in duration.


  • Soundscape practices
  • Circuit Bending
  • Electronic Music and Computer Music
  • DJ/Scratch Music
  • Electroacoustic Composition – fixed-medium or real-time
  • Laptop Performance
  • Sound installations (headphone-based or video–with–headphones)

Dance&sound performance: As part of ISSTA 2018 in Derry, will also be accepting proposals to work with Echo Echo Dance Theatre in workshopping a dance performance piece in response to a multi-speaker installation or piece of music which will be ’site-informed’. This piece will be presented as a joint ISSTA/Echo Echo initiative as part of Echo Echo’s Festival of Dance and Movement; NI’s leading contemporary dance festival.

The selected piece will respond to the space of the atrium in the new teaching block at Magee campus (at links below).

Proposals should consider Echo Echo’s working methods and aesthetic philosophy of dance as ‘poetic movement’, related to everyday experience: “We understand that dance has a similar relation to our everyday movement as the poetic use of language does to our normal, everyday speech.” In this manner, we invite proposals which incorporate significant elements of soundscape materials and consideration of space and sonic territories.

Pieces which are not selected for this performance will still be considered for presentation in other parts of the programme.


Any queries about this strand of the programme can be addressed to Brian Bridges

Consultation with Echo Echo will be facilitated for the successful applicant. 

Instructions on submitting artworks/music via Easychair:

Enter contact details

Enter title and abstract: in this case, the abstract should be a brief description (two or three lines) of the work’s form (fixed media/live, the technology required, piece’s basic concept, rationale, or materials)

Keywords (required by the Easychair system): simply list three words which will give an indication of your piece’s form or content, i.e. performance/fixed-media, electronic/soundscape, theme.

Uploads/media (‘paper’): As Easychair assumes more traditional conference paper submissions, it only accepts PDF files. We, therefore, ask that you upload a single PDF document containing links to all relevant supporting materials and media for your piece. The PDF should contain the title of the work (but you don’t need to include your name on this), a brief description (a paragraph or two) and technical requirements (including any specialist equipment or materials which you are bringing).