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Linux Audio Conference 2015
The Open Source Music and Sound Conference
April 9-12 @ Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz, Germany
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LAC 2015 is history!

A big thank you to all contributors and participants for making this years' LAC an awesome event. Please see below for pointers to the online documentation (proceedings, on-demand streams of the presentations, photos, slides,...).

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The Linux Audio Conference (LAC) is the international conference about Free/Open-Source Software for music, sound and other media with GNU/Linux as the main platform. The 2015 edition (the 13th installment of the conference) will take place at the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz, Germany.

Target audience

The Linux Audio Conference brings together musicians, composers, sound artists, software developers, researchers and engineers working with GNU/Linux as an open, stable, professional platform for audio and media research and music production.

What to expect

  • Paper presentations
  • Poster sessions
  • Workshops
  • Concerts
  • Sound Installations
  • Live coding sessions

Special events

  • The keynote lecture will be presented by Julius O. Smith III, Professor of Music and, by courtesy, Electrical Engineering, CCRMA, Stanford University. Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Julius O. Smith III won't be able to attend the conference. His keynote lecture will be presented by Romain Michon from CCRMA instead.
  • The winner of Grame's first Faust Open-Source Software Competition will be announced during the conference on Saturday, April 11.
  • The Linux Sound Night will take place on Saturday, April 11 starting 10 p.m. at the Baron on the university campus.
  • On Sunday, April 12 there will be an excursion to Rüdesheim am Rhein in the lovely Rhine valley. Please check the Excursion page for details.

Where & When

April 9-12 2015, JGU (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität), Mainz, Germany.

Please see the Contact and Travel pages for details. The conference main track will be streamed live and interaction will be possible via IRC for participants who can not attend locally. Information about live coverage will be made available before the conference.


With about 36,500 students from about 130 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest universities in Germany. As the only comprehensive university in Rhineland-Palatinate, JGU combines almost all academic disciplines under one roof, including the Mainz University Medical Center, the School of Music, and the Mainz Academy of Arts, which is a unique feature in the German academic landscape.

The JGU is also one of the oldest universities in Germany. Founded in 1477 during the era of Johannes Gutenberg and reopened after a 150-year break in 1946 by the French forces then based in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg University owes much to the man whose name it bears and his achievements. In keeping with the Gutenberg Spirit, the JGU has set itself the mission of "moving minds and crossing boundaries." Interdisciplinary discourse is therefore a hallmark of our university.

This is also true for the Computer Music Research Group (Bereich Musikinformatik) of the JGU which will host LAC 2015. Being founded in 1991, our research group has been among the first German academic institutions in this interdisciplinary field at the intersection of music, mathematics, computer science and media technology. In our media lab students are working almost exclusively with Linux, and in our research we are also devoted to contributing to the growing body of open source audio and computer music software.


LAC is organized by a community of GNU/Linux free/libre software users and developers that communicate through the Linux-Audio-Users and Linux-Audio-Developers mailing lists. LAC 2015 is under the auspices of the the IKM (Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Musikwissenschaft) of the JGU, and is organized by Albert Gräf and his team at the Computer Music Research Group (Bereich Musikinformatik) of the IKM.

Links to prior Linux Audio Conferences

The Linux Audio Conference is dedicated to providing an inclusive and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexist language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate to remedy the issue.

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