Call for Submissions for the CMJ Special Issue “Crossroads in Ubiquitous Music and Data Sonification”

Guest Editors:
Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth University, Ireland)
Damián Keller (NAP, Federal University of Acre, Brazil)
Stephen Barrass (, Australia)

Ubiquitous Music Group (g-ubimus)
International Community for Auditory Display (

Deadline: 15 March 2020

Focus: cross-disciplinary approaches to computer music research and musical creativity coming from ubiquitous music perspectives and sonification research.

Ubiquitous music (ubimus) aims to foster new kinds of musical experiences that explore the creative potential of converging forms of social interaction, mobile and networked technologies, through the inclusion of casual participants and through deployments in everyday settings. Playing, listening, and composing are forms of social interactions that can take place in everyday contexts where sound becomes a by-product of, and a component that impacts, extra-musical interactions and activities.

Data sonification is the mapping of data into sound for scientific and engineering applications such as data analysis and process monitoring. The increase in ubiquitous computing has led to a broadening of sonification applications to include experiments in museums, transport networks, and electric vehicles. These contexts have raised the awareness of the aesthetic implications of the usage of complex auditory environments over extended periods. Many sonifications have been criticized for sounding unpleasant. Annoyance with audio alarms in medical equipment, industrial monitoring systems, and office workplaces remains an unsolved problem. Social acceptance and sustainability will be critical for the uptake of sonification in driverless cars, hospitals, sports and games, the Internet of things, and urban systems. Interestingly, ubimus initiatives have also targeted these issues by fostering sustainable designs that include deployments in transitional settings and the experimental use of the Internet of musical things (IoMusT).

This special issue of the Computer Music Journal explores the Crossroads between Ubiquitous Music and Data Sonification and how these complementary fields of study can inform each other through integrated perspectives, techniques, and experiments. Can the ubiquitous music compositional strategies be applied to ubiquitous sonification? How can the functional aspects of data sonification be used as creative strategies in ubimus? What are the overlaps between ubimus eco-compositional methods and sonic information design for urban environments and data sonification? Is the concept of everyday musical creativity, coined within ubimus research, applicable to sonic information design? How can integrated ubimus and sonic information design strategies to improve personal well-being? What are the negative implications of everyday soundscapes, and how can these two theoretical and methodological perspectives help to identify and engage with these issues? How does the push toward innovative music making fostered by the ubimus initiatives get incorporated into sonic information design?

This edited volume of the Computer Music Journal will include expanded materials from the Tenth Workshop on Ubiquitous Music (UbiMus 2020) to be held at Porto Seguro, Brazil. Submissions will deal with aspects of sonic composition, sonification, sonic information design, human-computer interaction, ubimus educational applications, and computer-science and engineering research focused on design and creativity. We plan on a balanced selection of theoretical, methodological, and applied results, highlighting the artistic potential of ubimus practice and sonic information design. The target public includes researchers in computer music, data sonification, interaction design, psychology, social sciences, and education, as well as artists-practitioners. The editorial text will include a survey of the intersections between ubimus and ICAD research carried out between 2015 and 2020, highlighting the potential convergence of concepts and methods.

Suggested topics on ubimus and data sonification:
- Motivation, Theory, Aesthetics, Aims, Ideas, Analysis
- Design, Methods, Technology, Algorithms, Processes, Systems
- Experience, Audience, Phenomena, Evaluation, Examples, Case Studies
- Lay-Musician Interaction, Musification, Audience-Based Performance, Installations, Everyday Musical Creativity, Education, Musicking, and IoMusT
- Imaginings, Speculation, Futures, Challenges

Submissions to the conference should follow the guidelines at the conference URL:

The guest editors will later choose a subset of accepted conference submissions for publication in the CMJ issue. At that time, the guest editors will send authors instructions about reformatting and revising the conference papers for publication in CMJ.