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Innovation in Music 2024

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14-16 June, Kristiania University College, Oslo

“Have you tried THIS?”

Have you ever had the bubbling feeling of joy from discovering a new approach, a piece of hardware, an instrument, a method or perspective, and then enthusiastically sharing your new discovery with your peers?

For Innovation in Music 2024, we want you to tap into the childish enthusiasm of sharing new discoveries, and present research on the things everyone should try!

For innovations to be spread and applied, both in music and otherwise, enthusiasm and the joy of discovery has always been key. Whether a new piece of hardware or the band you discovered at a surprise gig, organic marketing by ‘joyous dissemination’ has been a crucial success factor to countless innovations. On a personal level, asking our peers ‘have you tried this?’ activates the questioner’s enthusiasm for sharing, and the respondent’s curiosity. New discoveries keep us hungry to learn more about our field, expand our perspectives and eager to try new approaches. Hence, we invite researchers, scholars, practitioners, and innovators to join us at InMusic 24 and ask; ‘have you tried THIS?’!

This conference theme can be broadly interpreted, and we encourage presentations on all kinds of ‘innovation in music’, related to topics such as:

  • Innovative production, recording, mixing and mastering
  • Innovative performance and composition
  • Innovative music business and promotion
  • Novel music technology
  • New approaches to music research and methodology
  • Novel ways of promoting diversity, equality and representation within music
  • Innovations for sustainability in music


Presentations are by default in the format of 15-minute talks, followed by 5 minutes Q&A. Abstracts should give a summary of original research and an outline of the presentation to be given, and be 300-500 words. After the conference, presenting authors will be invited to submit a full paper (4,000-6,000 words) for peer review and inclusion in the book of proceedings, published by Routledge (subject to contract). Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=inmusic24). Please be sure to read the submission instructions found on EasyChair prior to finalizing your submission.


Proposals are also welcome for presentations combining academic talks with innovative or interactive performances, workshops, and demonstrations appropriate to the conference scope. If you would like to submit such a proposal, please get in touch with the organizing committee prior to submitting your abstract for a discussion of technical requirements and possibilities, by emailing [email protected]

A Dolby Atmos system will be available for demonstrations/performances/workshops.


01 October 2023 – Abstracts submission portal opens
01 January 2024 – Abstracts submission deadline
01 February 2024 – Authors notified of acceptance
01 May 2024 – Earlybird registration discount ends
14 June 2024 – Conference opens
01 August 2024 – Deadline for submitting full chapters


Conference committee, Oslo:
Assistant Professor Claus Sohn Andersen – Kristiania University College
Professor Tore Teigland – Kristiania University College
Professor Anneli M. Drecker – Kristiania University College
Associate Professor Audun Molde – Kristiania University College
Assistant Professor Pål Erik Jensen – Kristiania University College (Technical Advisor)

Conference Committee, International:
Professor Jan-Olof Gullö – Royal College of Music (KMH), Sweden
Professor Justin Paterson – University of West London, UK
Associate Professor Russ Hepworth-Sawyer – MOTTOsound & York St John University, UK
Professor Rob Toulson – RT60 Ltd, UK


We will subsequently be confirming full conference details (including fees) on the conference website www.innovationinmusic.uk

For any other enquiries please email [email protected]

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