Welcome!

After seven years outside of the United States, Linux Audio Conference (LAC) is coming back to Stanford University on March 23-26, 2019 for its 17th edition! LAC is the international conference about Free/Open-Source Software for music, sound, and other media with GNU/Linux as the main platform.

Stanford's Main Quad

The call for participation is now open and paper submissions can be submitted here.


Schedule / Events

The conference will take place on March 23-26, 2019 (4 days).

Paper sessions will happen in the morning and in the afternoon at the Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

Poster sessions will happen during lunch time in the Braun Rehearsal Hall.

Demos will happen during lunch time in the Braun Rehearsal Hall and/or in other CCRMA spaces (e.g., listening room, stage, etc.), as appropriate. Demos can be associated to a paper (poster or oral presentation) or can be independent.

Workshops will take place in the classroom of the Knoll.

Various spaces will be available in the Braun Music Center and at the Knoll to set sound installations. They will be open to the public throughout the day.

All concerts will take place on the CCRMA Stage.

Sat. 23d Sun. 24th Mon. 25th Tues. 26th
Morning Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Lunch Time Demos
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Posters
Demos
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Posters
Demos
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Posters
Demos
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Posters
Afternoon Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Workshops
Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Workshops
Paper Sessions
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Installations
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Workshops
Social Activities
Evening Concerts Concerts Club Night (Party!)


Organizing Committee

Name Role
Romain Michon Chair/Organizer
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano Chair/Organizer
Frank Neumann Paper Chair
Constantin Basica Music Chair/Coordinator
Nette Worthey CCRMA Administrator
Matthew Wright CCRMA Technical Director
Chris Chafe CCRMA Director
Carlos Sanchez CCRMA System Administrator
Elliot Canfield-Dafilou Volunteer
Bruno Ruvario Volunteer


Important Dates

Call for Submissions is Released: September 17, 2018
Submission Deadline: December 7, 2018 (11:59pm PST)
Notification of Acceptance: January 18, 2019
Camera-ready Version Due: February 15, 2019
Conference Dates: March 23-26, 2019


Contact

Email

lac_AT_linuxaudio_DOT_org

Street Address

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
The Knoll,
660 Lomita Court
Stanford, California 94305-8180, USA

Mailing Address

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Department of Music,
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-8180, USA

Venues

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Paper sessions will be hosted in the Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Located adjacent to the Braun Music Center, across from Tresidder Student Union, and 7 minute away from CCRMA, Dinkelspiel Auditorium is a large 710-seat performance and lecture hall.

Dinkelspiel Auditorium: Outside View

Dinkelspiel Auditorium: Inside View

The Knoll (CCRMA)

Social events such as the "club night" will be hosted at CCRMA, also known as "the knoll".

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Concerts will take place on the CCRMA Stage. This 60 seats modular space features a 56.8 full 3d sound system that can render up to 6th order Ambisonics sound.

The CCRMA Stage

The CCRMA Listening Room features a 22.4 speaker system that can render up to 3rd order Ambisonics (and has speakers under the floor). It will be available for demos and installations.

The CCRMA Listening Room


Call for Participation

Call for Papers / Posters / Workshops

LAC 2019 invites submissions of papers, posters, and workshops addressing all areas of audio processing based on Linux and open source software.

All submissions and presentations are in English.

Submitted papers are expected to respect academic standards and must be complete (a simple abstract is not enough).

Submissions can focus on technical, artistic, and/or scientific issues and can target developers and/or users.

This includes (but is not limited to) the following categories:

  • Audio and Music Languages
  • Audio Hardware Support
  • Audio Plugins
  • Drivers, System and Sound Architecture
  • Education and E-Learning
  • Games
  • Interactive Art
  • Interface Design
  • Live Coding
  • Live Performance
  • Media Art
  • MIDI, OSC...
  • Mobile Audio
  • Music Composition
  • Music Production
  • Networked Audio
  • Physical Computing
  • Projects Realized using Linux Audio
  • Realtime Kernel and Linux Distributions
  • Signal Processing and Sound Synthesis
  • Sound Spatialization
  • Standards and Protocols
  • Video
  • Etc.

Full Papers

Full papers must be written and presented in English. The length of papers is 4 to 8 pages, with up to 5 keywords, including an abstract of up to 200 words. The abstract will be published on the conference website once the paper has been accepted. The full paper will be available on the website during and after the conference.

All papers are peer reviewed by a committee of experts from different disciplines. Reviewers may suggest improvements to the author(s), or require changes in order to accept the submission.

The duration of the presentation is 25 minute followed by a 5 minute discussion.

Poster Papers

Poster papers must be written in English, should be 2-4 pages, with up to 5 keywords, including an abstract of up to 150 words.

The abstract will be published on the conference website once the poster has been accepted.

All posters are peer reviewed by a committee of experts in different disciplines. Reviewers may suggest improvements to the author(s), or require changes in order for the poster to be accepted.

Demos

Demos are informal project (e.g., plug-in, software, interface, idea, etc.) presentations that will be carried out in parallel with poster presentations. Demos can be submitted through this online form to be added to the conference program.

Workshops

Workshop presentations (max duration of 2h) should be 1-4 pages, with up to 5 keywords, including an abstract of up to 150 words to be published on the conference website. Make sure that your proposal indicates if participants are expected to have a specific level, if there are prerequisites, if you'd like to limit the number of participants, etc.

Workshops will take place in the CCRMA classroom (which can host approximately 30 people). A projector and a 4 channels sound system will be available in this space.

Submit a brief description of the workshop including a URL (if available).

How to Submit Papers / Posters / Workshops?

  • Use the online submission tool
  • Choose the relevant submission type (_PAPER_, _POSTER_, or _WORKSHOP_) in addition to your 5 categories
  • The required file format is PDF. Authors must use the provided templates for paper formatting.
  • Please let us know if you need a special technical setup for your presentation.

Call for Music / Multimedia Installations

LAC 2019 also invites submissions of musical works involving the use of technology/open source software and multimedia installations.

A jury will select the compositions and installations to be included in the conference program according to artistic merit and technical feasibility. Please be prepared to perform your work yourself and make sure that you have all resources needed to perform your piece (e.g., instruments, props, other performers, etc.).

LAC 2019 cannot pay for any expenses related to a performance (e.g., performers, travel, accommodation, special equipment, etc.).

SCLOrk will be available to perform new (or old) laptop orchestra compositions, so this type of submission is encouraged this year! SCLOrk is the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra and uses exclusively Linux computers.

Musical works and installations can address all areas of digital audio and audiovisual art. This includes (but is not limited to) the following categories:

  • Electronic Music
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Mixed Music
  • Acoustic Music
  • Sound Installation
  • Interactive Art
  • Audiovisual Installation
  • Game in art
  • Web and Connected Art

Available Setups

For concerts, LAC will provide the following equipment:

  • CCRMA Stage: 56.8 full 3d sound system (up to 6th order Ambisonics)
  • CCRMA Listening Room: 22.4 sound system (up to 3d order Ambisonics)
  • SCLOrk (the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra). Pieces accepted for a performance with SCLOrk will be added to the rehearsal schedule of the corresponding SCU class.
  • Additional requests can be made but are not be guaranteed.

How to Submit Music / Multimedia Installations?

  • Use the online submission tool
  • Select the submission type _PERFORMANCE_
  • The required file format is PDF, formatted for Letter paper size. Submissions should include:
    • Description of the project program notes
    • Link to video or audio demonstration of the project
    • Technical rider of the work


Diversity Statement

The Linux Audio Conference welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. We want to foster a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.

LAC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.