Call for Submissions for the Special Issue of Computer Music Journal on Challenges and Perspectives of Latin American Computer Music


Guest Editors:

Rodrigo F. Cádiz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile)

Federico Schumacher (Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile)


Deadline: May 15, 2022

Expected publication in late 2022 (in Volume 45, No. 4), with additional articles possibly appearing in early 2023 (in Volume 46, No. 1)


Focus: computer music research about or from Latin America


Computer music is often thought of as a North American or European art form, but since its inception it has been of great interest to Latin American composers and performers alike. As a matter of fact, Latin American computer music has a long and prolific history, comparable to the European and Northern American traditions. The music and research from this region has had limited visibility, however, and thus it has received insufficient attention from scholars in other areas of the world, producing a notorious gap in academic knowledge. This gap has different possible causes and origins, an important one being the language barrier. There are many research and historical works that have been published in Latin American countries in Spanish or Portuguese but not yet translated into English, so the broader community has little knowledge of them. Other causes might be related to the unavailability of technological means or the lack of international exposure for many artists who do not have the resources to diffuse their music outside their countries of origin.


Nevertheless, in recent times Latin America has experienced an interesting increase of activity in the field, as several of the most important international academic conferences have taken place in the region, such as the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in Brazil in 2019, and both the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) in Chile in 2021. These conferences have evidenced a significant amount of artistic work and research being accomplished in the region.


This special issue of Computer Music Journal aims to help close this gap by publishing new empirical or historical research on computer music practice in Latin America. We are particularly interested in approaches deeply based on Latin American traditions and practices, and in fresh historical perspectives about the music from this region. We would like to hear directly from Latin American authors about their perspectives on the problems that the computer music community as a whole is trying to solve these days.  We also welcome submissions on Latin American topics by authors from outside the region.


Suggested topics:

  • Theory, aesthetics, or analysis of Latin American computer music
  • Design, methods, technology, algorithms, processes, and systems with a particular Latin American focus or methodology
  • Capture and study of specific Latin American soundscapes
  • History of Latin American computer music
  • Performance practices based on Latin American indigenous traditions
  • Use of historical Latin American instruments in computer music
  • Translation of seminal Latin American work not previously published in English (with advance permission from copyright holders)
  • Interviews with Latin American composers


Submission instructions:

Manuscripts should follow Computer Music Journal's guidelines at, but instead of being submitted at, they should be emailed directly to the guest editors at and, with the subject line "[CMJ MS]".