Connections between audio and computer science are of growing interest to EaPConnect project partners.  Seventeen people from 6 organisations in Armenia, Belarus, Estonia and Moldova participated in the 15th Sound & Music Computing Conference (SMC 2018), which took place in Limassol, Cyprus on 4-7 July 2018.

The special theme of SMC 2018 was ‘Sonic Crossings’, as sound and music cross boundaries, eliminate borderlines, overcome physical and digital limitations. Research papers were distributed in 10 oral presentation sessions and 3 poster sessions, dealing with special issues in the fields of Music Acoustics, Signal Processing, Auditory Display, Music Interfaces, Computational Musicology and Interactive Performance.

The conference was organised by the Cyprus University of Technology and was accompanied by great performance environments and concerts, as well as an IRCAM workshop entitled ‘Music composition and Creative Interaction with Machine Learning’.

Backstage at SMC2018 , ©GÉANT
Participants of the preliminary MIRCO project meeting, ©GÉANT

In addition to giving project partners the opportunity to attend this event, EaPConnect previously organised a ‘Music Without Borders’ concert, which gave partners experience and success in showcasing the power of research & educational networks and the LoLa (Low Latency) audio-video streaming technology.

An initial preparatory meeting of an upcoming project, ‘MIRCO’, brought together many of the same partners, including musicians, sound specialists and representatives from national research and education networks on 3 July 2018. The participants gave overviews of the project partners, assessed progress in LoLa technology and shared their experiences in cross-border collaboration and real-time music performance.