Theme & Important Dates

Theme : LOOP

We will have ICMPC 16th after more than three decades interval after the very first ICMPC, which was held at Kyoto, Japan in 1989. During this period of three decades, the research on music perception and cognition has surely been developed by convolving various related areas and the ICMPC has been covering diverse fields in these days. This expansion of interdisciplinarity, however, might have tended to make the originality of ICMPC obscure.

The theme of the ICMPC 16th is “LOOP”. We can find various sorts of loops in every aspect of music. For example, the essence of a music is a repetition, meanwhile a lot of music contain a certain change or alteration of musical features within such repetition; music is changing in the loop. It is also needless to mention that most musical performers make use of feedback loops between their controls and responses of their voices, instruments, and audience.

By making an analogy to this musical loop, we would like to reconsider the identity of the research of music perception and cognition in the country where the first ICMPC was held. The world has considerably changed for the last thirty years and further drastic changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution are just around the corner. It has been said that we are living in the world of high “Volatility”, “Uncertainty”, “Complexity”, and “Ambiguity”. In this VUCA era, what is the major role of the scientific study on music? What is the core of the perception and cognition research on music? Researchers are always required to achieve something new, and keep changing their material, equipment, model, and so on, but they often happen to notice that someone else did something similar a couple of decades ago, as if they would realize that their goal “loops” back to the starting point. Should they give up keeping this circular track? Maybe not. They could avoid an infinite loop by changing a circle to a spiral and could reach a higher layer than their precedents. What is the most efficient direction of the force to shape a good spiral? What should be changed or not changed? We would like to explore possibilities for sustainable development of ICMPC.


Important Dates

  • Announcement : January 2020
  • Call for paper : May 2020
  • Deadline of submission : October 2020
  • Notice of acceptance : February 2021
  • Deadline of revised abstract and voluntary full-paper : March 2021
  • Early registration deadline : March 2021
  • Conference : 23rd – 27th August 2021