New Interfaces for Musical Expression

"On behalf of the NIME 2009 Committee, we invite you to be part of the 9th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, organized by the School of Music, School of Art, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Entertainment Technology Center and School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

We encourage contributions in the following categories:
* Papers (full papers, short papers, posters)
* Demonstrations
* Live Performances
* Installations

Complete submission guidelines are available on the conference website here.

We welcome submissions on topics related to new interfaces for music performance including, but not limited to:
Novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
Novel controllers for collaborative performance
Novel musical instruments
Computational methods of composition
Augmented/hyper instruments
Interfaces for dance and physical expression
Interactive Game Music
Robotic Music
Interactive sound and multimedia installations
Interactive sonification
Sensor and actuator technologies
Haptic and force feedback devices
Interface protocols and data formats
Gesture and music
Perceptual & cognitive issues
Interactivity design and software tools
Musical mapping strategies
Performance analysis and machine learning
Performance rendering and generative algorithms
Experiences with novel interfaces in education and entertainment
Experiences with novel interfaces in live performance and composition
Surveys of past work and stimulating ideas for future research
Historical studies in twentieth-century instrument design
Reports on student projects in the framework of NIME related courses
Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
Gesture measurement
Enabling music networks

Submission of proposals (papers, posters, performances, installations):
January 24, 2008

Notification of acceptance/rejection (installations and performances):
March 13, 2009

Notification of acceptance/rejection (papers and posters):
March 20, 2009

Early registration:
May 1, 2009

Author registration (papers and posters):
May 1, 2009

Submission of final papers:
April 15, 2008

For any further information/question/comment/suggestion, please send a message to the local organizing committee at"

PPG Wave 2.2

via this auction
"Very Rare...One of 300 ever made...this is the nicest I've seen!!

Polyphony - 8 Voice / 8 Part Multitimbral

Oscillators - 2 to 16 Oscillators per voice (using Digital Waveforms); 30 Wavetables with 64 waves per table

SSM Filters - analog 24 dB/oct lowpass VCF filters with ADSR envelope

The German made PPG Wave 2 series of synthesizers are incredibly great sounding analog/digital hybrid vintage synths. They use digital samples of wavetables and feature analog VCA envelope and VCF filter sections for a classic and warm sound. The Wave 2.2 (pictured above) has oscillators that can generate over 2,000 different single-cycle 8-bit digital waveforms! Covered by knobs, the Wave still looks analog and this comprises the "Analog Control Panel". More complex and new-wave editing of the wavetables and samples is covered by the "Digital Control Panel" where there are several key-pad buttons and an LCD screen. Another familiar treat to analog junkies is the inclusion of an 8-track sequencer which features automation of pitch, loudness, filter cutoff, waveforms and more. A cool feature - its onboard sequencer will also record any filtering and wave changes, in real-time!! The more commonly encountered Wave 2.3 followed the 2.2."

Installing Low-Gain's NESmod (Version 1.0)

YouTube via natemccoy
"This is a quick video I made outlining the installation of Low-Gain's NESmod. I hope you enjoy it.

Here is Low-Gain's Web documentation regarding the modification installation.
He has the modification available for purchase via his website, as well as some other cool music.

This modification allows for an amplified direct connection to the 2A03 allowing for greater sound output and quality from the NES.

This is ideal for anyone using the NES for sound and musical compositions.

Low-gain gave this modification to me at blip festival '08 so i made a quick and simple video. Thanks a lot man!

Here are some websites of my own personal music if you are interested."

1st Baltimore SDIY Group 2008 Christmas Holiday Party

"The 1st Baltimore SDIY Group 2008 Christmas Holiday Party on 12/27/2008 went extremely well. Jeff Brown came with his modular synthesizer, Art Harrison brought his new Theremin (, Dave Vosh brought his mini DIY modular & Doepfer modular systems, David Rickert brought his DIY mini modular system, Davis White brought his laptop system with the REASON program, Peter Blasser brought his DIY Theremin, Hal Schmulowitz brought his Korg R3/Roland SH32/Yamaha DX-200, my guest Mike Delvison brought his Korg DW8000 & I brought my Korg MS2000BR/Roland D-100/Yamaha DX-200/Doepfer A-100 series mini modular synthesizer." more info and pics here.


"the smallest MIDI to Control Voltage (MIDI2CV) converter ever made*, and it's dual channel...

* if you find smaller one with similar functionality, I'll remove this claim and send you one MIDIMPLANT device for free"


Oberheim Two Voice

click here for more images

via Shagghie

Roland TB-303 Modded

click here for more shots sent my way via Shagghie. Details:
"Blue *shaved* LEDs, such that they are flush with the surface, which is better for extended use as your fingers don't impact the LEDs themselves, and it also diffuses the LED's intensity too by adding a 'frosting effect' of sorts. Very trick!

The MIDI in and out cables are for the Colin Frasier midi kit.... and they connect via two custom, well-made mini cables (1/8", pictured). The Colin midi kit is the best on the market by can play back any midi sequence from the 303's own sequencer later on, so you effectively have 'infinite memory' when used with your DAW's sequencer, etc. It's totally, completely, amazing. For production, it's insane to be able to recall a track you worked on a year ago, and replay the midi sequence back to the's comes back IDENTICAL to the 303's original sequencer...just make sure Logic's 'quantize' features are off when recording the original 303 sequence. For live perforamance, it's also awesome to clock off the MachineDrum, without need for any third converter boxes, etc. The MD can even 'play' this 303 with it's own midi machines, too...for a different non-acid vibe. Radical!"

Hand made analog modular synth and Max/MSP processing

YouTube via yakthekyle
"An excerpt from an improvisation on my hand built modular synth controlled by and being processed by Max/MSP. + Hand made photocell controller for Max."

KORG Poly Ensemble

*** MS-20 + SQ-10 Analog Groove Machine ***

YouTube via Newueel
"This self explaining video shows a way on how to turn your MS-20 into a fat groove machine using a Korg SQ-10 analog sequencer.
Watch it, try it, enjoy it !!!

No patch settings included this time :P To try it yourself: Just start with the MS-20 default knob settings and follow the video."

Treat Yourself :)