42nd International Computer Music Conference hosted by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
Monday 12th – Friday 16th September 2016 (Opening concert on Sunday 11th of September).
TivoliVredenburg is our conferencehub, ideally situated in the city centre.
Since 1974, the International Computer Music Conference has been the major international forum for the presentation of the full range of outcomes of technical and musical research, both musical and theoretical, related to the use of computers in music. This annual conference regularly travels the globe, and this year we welcome the conference to the city of Utrecht in the centre of the Netherlands.
Utrecht is a city of knowledge and culture. The city lives up to this claim through its long history, in which knowledge and art gained an increasingly prominent place from the Middle Ages onwards. In recent decades, it has focused on innovation and the further development of this knowledge and culture, and on its vision of the future. The ten thousand students attending the three institutions for higher education make Utrecht the youngest city of the Netherlands on average.
And as far as music is concerned: in the last century, the Institute of Sonology and the new music organisation Gaudeamus were founded here, the country’s most famous composer Louis Andriessen was born here, and the largest school for art, new media and technology, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, is situated here. And finally, the city’s cultural and musical ambition was confirmed by the opening of “TivoliVredenburg”, the largest complex of music halls in the Netherlands, in the summer of 2014. Utrecht is already the city of the Early Music Festival, the Netherlands Film Festival, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the theatre and dance festival SPRING, Dutch Game Garden and the pop festival Le Guess Who? And this new complex will make it easier for Utrecht to link up with international music networks.
In short, this setting makes Utrecht the ideal environment for the ICMC 2016.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Gaudeamus
It is precisely the combination of knowledge and culture characterising the ICMC that brought together Gaudeamus and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Music and Technology as co-producers for setting up this conference in 2016. Gaudeamus focuses on the young music makers of today. The Gaudeamus Muziekweek is an annual festival that takes place at the beginning of September. It brings together young composers from all over the world in workshops and seminars, and presents their music to interested audiences in a wide range of concerts and presentations.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Music and Technology trains students for a relevant place in society in the professional field covered by the ICMC. The course also investigates and develops potential new applications of music technology in social sectors like healthcare, urban planning and cultural heritage.