New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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New Interfaces for Musical Expression
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Three musicians playing hydraulophone, an instrument that is similar to a woodwind instrument but makes sound from incompressible fluid (water) rather than compressible fluid (air). Photo from concert programme of the NIME-07 conference in New York City.
GenreElectronic music
Years active2001-present

New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies and their role in musical expression and artistic performance. Researchers and musicians from all over the world gather to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.


The conference began as a workshop (NIME 01) at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001 in Seattle, Washington, with the concert and demonstration sessions being held at the Experience Music Project museum. Since then, international conferences have been held annually around the world:

Areas of application[edit]

The following is a partial list of topics covered by the NIME conference:

  • Design reports on novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
  • Performance experience reports on live performance and composition using novel controllers
  • Controllers for virtuosic performers, novices, education and entertainment
  • Perceptual & cognitive issues in the design of musical controllers
  • Movement, visual and physical expression with sonic expressivity
  • Musical mapping algorithms and intelligent controllers
  • Novel controllers for collaborative performance
  • Interface protocols (e.g. MIDI) and alternative controllers
  • Artistic, cultural, and social impact of new performance interfaces
  • Real-time gestural control in musical performance
  • Mapping strategies and their influence on digital musical instrument design
  • Sensor and actuator technologies for musical applications
  • Haptic and force feedback devices for musical control
  • Real-time computing tools and interactive systems
  • Pedagogical applications of new interfaces - Courses and curricula

Other related conferences[edit]

Other similarly themed conferences include

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Lyons, Michael, eds. (2017). A NIME Reader: Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-47214-0.
  • Allen, Jamie. “Review of NIME 2005.” Computer Music Journal 30/1 (Spring 2006).
  • Taylor, Gregory. "On the Road: NIME 2017"
  • Lehrman, Paul D. “Tomorrow's Virtuosi & What They’ll Be Playing: A report from the fifth New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 2005.” Sound on Sound.
  • Poupyrev, Ivan, Lyons, Michael J., Fels, Sidney, Blaine, Tina (Bean). "New Interfaces for Musical Expression." ACM CHI'01, Extended Abstracts, pp. 491–492, 2001.
  • Pritchard, Bob. “[Report] NIME 2010.” eContact! 12.4 — Perspectives on the Electroacoustic Work / Perspectives sur l’œuvre électroacoustique (August 2010). Montréal: CEC.
  • Richardson, Patrick. “Innovative New Digital Instruments: NIME Conference Multimedia Mega-Report.” Extensive report on NIME07. Create Digital Music blog. Posted 25 June 2007.

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