ICMC 2016 will be hosted in the city of Utrecht, by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Music and Technology and the new music organisation Gaudeamus Muziekweek. The conference begins with an informal concert on the evening of Sunday 11 September 2016 and ends with a concert on the evening of Friday 16 September.

The opening event of the conference follows shortly after the closing event of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek festival. There will be a similar schedule for each day, starting with a round table on the theme of the day, followed by papers, posters and concerts.



The main theme of the conference will be Is the sky the limit? This theme will be addressed in five sub-themes:

1. Is the sky determined by technology or aesthetics?
2. Is the sky local?
3. Educating for the sky
4. Does the sky need a composer or musician?
5. Stretching the sky


HKU Music and Technology is one of the most prominent educational institutes in the field of music and technology in the Netherlands. Founded in the late seventies, the institute has acquired an international reputation for its project-based education and research, which is relevant to society. Currently, the institute houses 330 students and employs 45 educational and research staff. A variety of preparatory, Bachelor’s, Master’s and research degree programmes are dedicated to electronic music composition, sonic art, composition for linear and non-linear media, music production, music technology (hardware and software) including studio technology and live audio technology, sound design, system design and sonic interaction design.

HKU Music and Technology has a long-standing connection with the creative industries at both national and international level. A major part of our projects and research projects are linked to these industries, and a substantial percentage of our alumni are employed in the field. Since the year 2000, we have expanded our collaborations, incorporating music/ sound design in sectors such as accessibility (e.g. for people who are blind or have multiple handicaps), education (design of music education using technology) and heritage (reuse of cultural heritage).




Gaudeamus Muziekweek presents the latest work by young music pioneers and organises a variety of activities. Apart from the eponymous festival, which is highly renowned nationally and internationally, there is the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy as well as concert sessions, productions and co-productions with various international partners. Gaudeamus Muziekweek continues to break new ground with a cutting-edge programme of music that does not have its own platform, or even a proper name. It showcases the latest music created by young accomplished composers for inquiring music lovers.

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 7 - 11 September 2016

From classical crossover and minimal soundscapes to modern composition with live electronics. Gaudeamus Muziekweek presents young music pioneers during the eponymous and highly renowned music festival that takes place in Utrecht, the Netherlands.




Organising team

Conference Chairs: Rens Machielse, director of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Music and Technology, and Henk Heuvelmans, director of Gaudeamus Muziekweek

Paper Chair: Hans Timmermans, senior lecturer/researcher at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Music and Technology

Music/Listening Room Chair: Martijn Buser, programmer/producer at Gaudeamus Muziekweek

Off ICMC Chair: Roland Spekle, fellow at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Music and Technology

Technical Directors: Elizabet van der Kooij and Thomas Koopmans.

Administration/coordination: Gaudeamus and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Projectmanager: Tamara Kalf

Design: Saskia Freeke