Special Issue "Music and the Machine: Contemporary Music Production"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Musical Arts and Theatre".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Mr. Kirk McNally

Assistant Professor of Music Technology, School of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8T 3X7, Canada
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Interests: music and sound recording; electronic and electro-acoustic performance
Guest Editor
Dr. Brecht De Man

Founder, Semantic Audio Labs, iCentrum, Holt Street, Birmingham B7 4BP, UK
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Interests: intelligent music production system; perceptual evaluation of musical signals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Every day I watched how a bare metal frame, rolling down the line would come off the other end, a spanking brand new car. What a great idea! Maybe, I could do the same thing with my music. Create a place where a kid off the street could walk in one door, an unknown, go through a process, and come out another door, a star.

—Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label.

Formulas, systems, and methods are not new to music production. The Brill Building songwriters, Motown, The Spice Girls and Boy Band equivalents, and more recently, K-Pop have all used carefully constructed systems to churn out their hits. However, until recently, taking the human actors out of these systems and handing creative control over to computers—for either music creation or music production—was unthinkable. Today, that idea is very real with more and more music being made by, and with assistance from, algorithmic and learning systems. This Special Issue invites contributions from authors working in the complementary fields of automatic music creation and automatic music production, in order to develop a broader understanding of these disciplines, what the future holds and how this is changing our relationship with the making of music.

Mr. Kirk McNally
Dr. Brecht De Man
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • music production
  • contemporary
  • algorithm
  • automatic music creation

Published Papers

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