NIME panel at CHI

This week the huge ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (also known as CHI) is organised in Paris. This is the largest conference in the field of human-computer interaction, and is also the conference at which the NIME conference series started.  I will participate in a panel session called “Music, Technology, and Human-Computer Interaction” on Wednesday. This is a great opportunity to show musical HCI to the broader HCI community, and I am very much looking forwards to participating.

As a teaser for what we are going to talk about and discuss, next year’s NIME organisers at Goldsmith’s in London have prepared a short NIME teaser.

NIME 2013 deadline approaching


Here is a little plug for the submission deadline for this year’s NIME conference. I usually don’t write so much about deadlines here, but as the current chair of the international steering committee for the conference series, I feel that I should do my share in helping to spread the word. The NIME conference is a great place to meet academics, designers, technologists, and artists, all working on creating weird instruments and music. Here is some more information about this year’s conference:

NIME 2013 will be hosted by the Graduate School of Culture Technology at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)Daejeon, Korea, and will also feature a series of special events in Seoul.

There are four submission categories, all with a deadline of 1 February:

Moog on Google

Probably by coincidence, but still a nice concurrence: on the last day of this year’s International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Google celebrates Robert Moog’s 78 year birthday.

The interesting thing is that Google not only has a picture of a Moog synthesizer, but they also have an interactive model up and running, where it is possible to play on the keyboard and tweak the knobs. The synth draws some CPU, so I had problems grabbing a screencast while playing on it. But it is worth trying out if you read this before it disappears.

Music ball paper at NIME 2012

Yesterday I wrote about the 4 papers I was involved in at this year’s NIME conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The one I was the first author on was entitled The music ball project: Concept, design, development, performance, and is mainly a historic write-up of the work I have been doing on developing different types of music balls over the years, including various handheld music balls, the Music Troll, Big Buoy and the ADHD ball.

We report on the Music Ball Project, a longterm, exploratory project focused on creating novel instruments/controllers with a spherical shape as the common denominator. Besides a simple and attractive geometrical shape, balls aØord many diØerent types of use, including play. This has made our music balls popular among widely diØerent groups of people, from toddlers to seniors, including those that would not otherwise engage with a musical instrument. The paper summarises our experience of designing, constructing and using a number of music balls of various sizes and with diØerent types of sound-producing elements.


  • Full paper (PDF)
  • Poster (PDF)

Jensenius, A. R. and Voldsund, A. (2012). The music ball project: Concept, design, development, performance. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces For Musical Expression, pages 300–303, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Address = {Ann Arbor, Michigan},
Author = {Jensenius, Alexander Refsum and Voldsund, Arve},
Booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces For Musical Expression},
Pages = {300–303},
Title = {The Music Ball Project: Concept, Design, Development, Performance},
Year = {2012}}

Alexander presenting the poster at NIME 2012
Alexander presenting the poster at NIME 2012.