The fifth International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation

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Event Details

23 July 2019 at 9:00 am – 27 July 2019 at 5:00 pm
Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, in conjunction with the Australasian Computer Music Conference.

DATE: July 23 – 27 2019,

VENUE: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University Performing Arts Complex, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton, Victoria.

Conference Theme: “Notation for Performance”

This five-day conference is dedicated to issues in theoretical and applied research and development in music notation and representation, with a particular focus on computer tools and applications, as well as a connection to music creation. ‘Technology’ in the conference title refers to any means that may contribute to the notation, representation and/or visualisation of music and sound, for purposes that may include (but not limited to) music composition, performance, representation, transcription, analysis and pedagogy.

Call for participation (papers and works)

The fifth TENOR conference will continue to offer a lively forum for current research into technologies for notation, representation and/or visualisation of the music and sound, for purposes that may include music composition, performance, representation, transcription, analysis and pedagogy. We also intend to expand the scope of the conference by calling for papers with a focus on how notation enables performance and the performer’s relationship to the score. Submissions on the below topics are encouraged:

  • Alternatives to common practice notation, including microtonal and electronic music notations;
  • Performer perspectives on technologies around notation
  • Digital archiving and dissemination of notations
  • Composer and/or performer engagement with the technology for  and representation of notation·
  • Interactions between new notation technologies and performance
  • Notations for other performing arts
  • psychological impacts of new technologies for notation
  • Critical and aesthetic engagement with technologies for notation
  • Notating electronic music/notation for controllers
  • Technological developments in notation and representation for pedagogy
  • Notation and gameplay
  • Notation and live coding
  • Ontology of the score
  • Modular/generative real-time scores based on audience and/or performer input
  • Web/network-based notational approaches

All submissions must be made in one of the following categories:

  1. Paper presentation (20 minutes)
  2. Piece and paper presentation (total of 20 minutes)
  3. Panel proposal for (20 minute presentation, between 3 and 6 speakers)
  4. Works or performances of up to 15 minutes in duration. This may include compositions for performance, ensembles wishing to perform, live coding and online collaborations ( see below for available ensembles)
  5. Workshops and Laboratories. These can be for composers, performers, to learn software, new plug-ins or other ideas, up to 4 hours.

Early Career researchers and students are particularly welcome to apply. Monash University is a gender diverse community and we encourage submissions from women and non-binary applicants.

Submission Procedure

This conference will engage a double blind review process for all papers, piece and papers, works and performances. All works should be submitted on the conference EasyChair platform.

-Papers must be written in English and be between 4 and 12 pages, and use the word or latex template.- Full papers (not abstracts) and original work (not already published) must be submitted. Please provide the paper as BLIND copy (no names or affiliations).- All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN and will be archived online after the conference.- All work, performance and workshop submissions should include a program note/workshop overview, a 100 word biography and any technical requirements at time of submission. Please supply scores for performance works, and any audio/video material via a link in a document entitled ‘SupportMaterial’ to EasyChair.- The accepted panel and workshop proposals will be included in the conference proceedings.

Deadline for submissions: 15 January, 2019Notification will be 1 March, 2019.
Revisions will be due 1 May, 2019.

Keynotes will be announced soon.

Available Ensembles

Works for performance will be performed by one of the ensembles below, and applicants may nominate their preferred ensemble.

Decibel New Music Ensemble

The ensemble in residence for the conference is Decibel, world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, the interpretation of graphic notations and pioneering digital score formats for composition and performance. Decibel  have commissioned over 70 new works since their foundation in 2009, have toured Europe and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels. The ensemble has developed and commercialised the Decibel ScorePlayer iPad app, a score reading device incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments that is sold worldwide. Available: any combination of Cello, viola/violin, piano, bass clarinet, bass flute, electronics, percussion

Speak Percussion

Speak Percussion has shaped the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through the creation and presentation of ambitious arts projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak are constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion. Speak Percussion have been responsible for over 100 commissions and premieres of new percussion works, Speak Percussion has contributed new 21st Century masterworks to the global percussion repertoire. Available any combination of up to 6 performers.


ELISION has established an international reputation through its engagement with complex and virtuosically challenging aesthetics. ELISION’s membership includes some of the world’s leading musicians who have redefined contemporary instrumental technique through their practice, recordings and publications.  ELISION has performed at venues such as the Hebbel Theater Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie, Saitama Arts Theatre Tokyo, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Art Gallery, and Vienna Konzerthaus; and at festivals such as Wien Modern, Maerzmusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, Züricher TheaterSpektakel, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, Ultima Oslo, TRANSIT Festival Leuven, Spitalfields London, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, BIFEM, the Shanghai New Music Week, and Festival d’Automne à Paris. Available instruments – any combination or solo for: piano, flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion.

Clocked Out

Clocked Out create and produce innovative music as a vehicle to explore central cultural issues such as environmentalism, multi-culturalism, and interactions of science and music. The creative outlet of Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) and Erik Griswold (piano), their activities have included original music for percussion, found objects, prepared piano and toy instruments; site-specific events highlighting music and environment; ongoing collaborations with musicians from Sichuan province as well as projects highlighting links between science, architecture and music.

Monash Electronic Music Ensemble (MEME)

MEME is a flexible student ensemble that will be available to perform laptop ensemble works for TENOR. The number of performers can be from 3 to 12 individuals, and can include modular synthesisers. Available synths include:Dave Smith OB6, Moog Sub37, MiniMoog, Korg MS20, Korg Arp Odessey, Buchla Easel, DX7, Moog Mothers,  Korg Volca Keys, Korg Volca Bass, Korg Volca Beats, Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1,  Roland TR8s.


General Chair: Prof Cat Hope (Monash University)

Scientific Chair: Dr Lindsay Vickery (ECU, Western Australia, ACMC President)

Music Chair: A/Prof Vanessa Tomlinson (Griffith University, Queensland),

Publicity Chair: Skot McDonald (ECU, Western Australia, ACMC Secretary)

Student Outreach Chair: Josten Myburgh (ECU, Western Australia)

Registrations (Open March 2019)

Regular early $150

Regular late $200

Day $50

Student/independent artist  early $80

Student/independent artist  late $100

Day $30


Registration includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea

All Enquiries to the conference coordinator Nat

Visit the official TENOR site for information on previous conferences.