Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now closed.  Here is the list KISS2012 presenters.

We invite you to submit proposal(s) related to this year’s theme, reel time || real time, including topics ranging from the most literal to the most abstract concepts of real time, synchrony, and interaction on multiple time scales in sound design and music-making.


Note that there is a new category this year: The Show Reel will include excerpts from films, games, advertisements, radio documentaries or public service announcements featuring a notable use of Kyma for sound design.


Proposal topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Sound for picture (music and sound design with picture, in reel or real time)
  • Real time ensemble performances (including improvisation, live performance from a score, conduction, robotic orchestras, ecosystemic compositions, and more)
  • Live cinema (making reel time in real time)
  • Performing sound design to picture (live performance of sounds, creature voices, Foley, and effects in synchrony with video or film)
  • Audience and venue interaction with sound in real time or reel time
  • Nonlinear time in sound for games, live cinema, live musical improvisations, live theatre
  • Interaction in immersive sound environments (games, installations, live performances in clubs or concert halls)
  • Definition and discussions of what constitutes real time, synchrony, and interaction
  • Representations and traversals of time (user interfaces, scores, and other representations of events with respect to time)
  • Physical interfaces for controlling Kyma in real time (or for reel time)
  • Philosophical discussions of time, real time, delayed real time, interaction, and synchrony
  • Real time data sonification
  • Real time control systems (robotics, computer-human interfaces, etc)
  • Cognitive and perceptual studies of sound events in time
  • Using sound to create or control the flow of time
  • Exploring the differences and similarities between “design time” (reel time) and “performance time” (real time)
  • Are iterative compositional processes and programming qualitatively different from live improvisation & live programming? Or are they the same processes on different time scales?
  • Real time control and real time controllers
  • The perception of time
  • Is time real?


  • Show Reel (5′ or shorter): excerpts from films, games, advertisements, radio documentaries or public service announcements featuring a notable use of Kyma for sound design
  • Live Concert Performance (20′ or shorter): Live musical performance that includes Kyma synthesis and/or processing
  • Live Theater Performance (20′ or shorter): Live presentation of a scene or excerpt from a play featuring notable live sound design using Kyma
  • Demonstration (30′ or 60′): A live demonstration of a Kyma project for interactive games, films, or short form video
  • Live Cinema (30′ or shorter): Live Kyma-generated sound for picture, excerpt from a film, silent film, short form video, game cinematic, etc.
  • Paper Presentation (30′): A presentation or tutorial describing and demonstrating one of your Kyma projects, techniques, theories, ideas, etc
  • Workshop (30′ or 60′): An interactive group project that includes the interaction of fellow Kyma practitioners
  • Public lecture on the theme (60′): A general talk on the broader issues of the theme that could be of interest to a wider public audience in addition to the audience of Kyma practitioners

Priority consideration will be given to projects related to the theme that feature prominent use of the Kyma sound design language; preference will be given to proposals that include live performances, interaction, live demonstrations, interactive workshops, and presentations that include sound and/or video, and other lively interactive aspects of sound art.


Due to the linear scheduling of the symposium (no parallel sessions), it is impractical to present sound installations at a KISS. However proposals for performances or workshops that include live audience/venue interaction and presentations describing and demonstrating aspects of previously mounted installations using video and/or live excerpts would be very welcome.


Although no funds are available to reimburse travel, lodging, performer salaries or materials, we are pleased to be able to offer a discounted conference fee to presenters and performers whose work is accepted for the conference.


How to submit:

Prior to the 15 March 2012 deadline, please complete the on-line submission form where you can describe your proposal and any technical resources it may require.  We recommend that you first take a look at the full submission form off-line (sample form), so you have an opportunity to gather any information you might need prior to submitting your proposal on-line.


Review and notification:

Proposals will be evaluated by the committee according to feasibility (duration, technical and human resource requirements) and the degree to which the proposal fits the theme and promises to be of interest to an audience of those who are actively using or seriously considering using Kyma in their work.


You will be contacted on or before 13 April 2012 to discuss whether it will be possible to include your proposal in this year’s program.


Questions? Please send email to the program committee.


Thank you for submitting your proposals! We are really looking forward to reading them!