[Ardour-Users] Linux Audio Conference 2020 : Call for scientific & artistic works

Linux Audio Conference lac at linuxaudio.org
Tue Oct 8 13:12:13 PDT 2019

The 18th Linux Audio Conference call for participation is open.

The conference will take place May 11-13, 2020, at the SCRIME, part of 
the University of Bordeaux in France.
Up-to-date information will be available at the following address : 

Linux Audio Conference is the premier meeting of developers, 
researchers, and artists developing and using free, libre and 
open-source audio software,
mainly on the GNU/Linux operating system.
The conference is part of the Linux Audio consortium.

A special event will take part the day before, on Sunday the 10th May 
2020: attendants may want to book their week-end.

This edition's date has been chosen so that interested parties may be 
able to attend the International Faust Conference, which will happen in 
Paris 14-15 May 2020.

We kindly invite researchers, developers and artists alike to take part 
to the event and propose their work.

Important information

- Submissions must go through the conference website: 
- Submissions must be written in English.
- Submissions will be peer-reviewed by a jury of experts with adequate 
qualifications in regard to the topic of the submission, excluding 
lightning talks.
- Submissions will be present in the proceedings, including workshops, 
excluding lightning talks.
- Submissions can focus on technical, artistic or scientific issues.
- Contact address: lac at linuxaudio.org
- Deadlines (all deadlines are at 23:59 UTC -12:00):
  * Paper & poster submission deadline: 31/12/2019
  * Workshop submission deadline: 31/01/2020
  * Notification to authors: 15/02/2020
  * Camera-ready deadline: 25/03/2020
  * Code jam: 10/05/2020
  * Conference dates: 11/05/2020 to 13/05/2020

Call for Papers / Posters / Workshops

The general themes are audio research and development on Linux systems, 
& FLOSS (free, libre and open-source) multimedia.
We encourage submissions on non-Linux FLOSS operating systems (BSDs, 
Haiku, Fuschia, IncludeOS, Redox...) as well as non audio-centric works:
video, network protocols, performing arts, video games...

The 2020 edition has a leading theme: Libre Languages.

Paper templates are available to download from here: 
The length of a paper is 4 to 8 pages, with up to 5 keywords, and an 
abstract of 100 to 200 words.
The abstract will be published on the conference website once the paper 
has been accepted.
Initial submissions must be anonymized ; please inform us of any 
potential conflict of interest.
The full paper will be made available on the website at the beginning of 
the conference.

Accepted papers will be presented in an oral session.
In order for a paper to appear in the proceedings, it must have been 
presented orally at the conference by at least one of its authors.
The length of the presentation is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minutes 

LAC2020 accepts submission of posters related to any of the themes 
mentioned before.
We cannot print posters.
There is a printing shop located very close to the university which can 
print a poster from a PDF (Copifac Talence, 548 Cours de la Libération).

LAC2020 accepts workshop proposals.
An abstract and a description of the workshop following the paper 
template (1 or 2 pages max) is required.
If the workshop participants need to install any kind of software, 
please write it plainly in the workshop abstract.

Workshops must last at most two hours ; if shorter, please precise the 
expected duration in the submission so that we can schedule them 

Lightning talks
Lightning talks last 5 minutes and can be very useful to quickly present 
your latest software development.
They will not be submitted to peer review and can cover peripheral 
topics, including discussions about the Linux Audio community or other 
areas of free software.

Due to the very short time, if a medium is required, you will be 
required to submit it :

  * As slides in PDF format.
  * As a video file.

The medium will be made readily available on a plugged-in computer.

Non-exhaustive list of accepted topics

  * Art projects done with free software systems.
  * Audio architecture of operating systems
  * Audio plug-ins
  * Education, teaching
  * Graphical environments for creation
  * Hardware support
  * Interactive Art
  * Interfaces for musical expressivity
  * Live coding
  * Embedded hardware & support (ARM, RISC-V, etc)
  * Mobile hardware & support (phones, tablets)
  * Musical production and related tools
  * Network protocols
  * Network distribution
  * New Media Art
  * Open hardware
  * Performing arts
  * Programming languages for creation
  * Real-time programming languages
  * Real-time operating systems and kernels
  * Sensors, human-machine interfaces in a real-time context
  * Signal and sound processing
  * Sound spatialisation
  * Standards, interoperability
  * Video
  * Video games

Call for Artworks

LAC 2020 invites submissions of artistic works involving the use of 
free, libre and open-source software and/or hardware.
Pre-recorded music, interactive installations and live performances are 
A jury will select the compositions and installations to be included in 
the conference program according to artistic merit and technical 
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.).

The installations will be located in multiple places, which are 
described on the website at the following address : 
Each place will have a different sound system available.

Musical works and installations can address all areas of media art as 
long as they include some level of audio creation using free software.
Examples of accepted works can include:

  * Acoustic Music
  * Acousmatic music
  * Art installations
  * Electronic Music
  * Electroacoustic Music
  * Game in art
  * Interactive Art
  * Live code
  * Mixed Music
  * Musique concrète
  * New Media Art
  * Web and Connected Art

Code jam

The day before the official beginning of the conference (10th may) will 
feature a code jam.
The goal of the code jam is to provide a space for teams developing 
Linux audio software to meet in person and discuss development issues in 
an informal way,
as well as introduce new contributors to the various codebases,
and overall to perform a live state of the art of audio software on free 

The code jam will have a topic, which will be disclosed upon opening.
It is not mandatory to follow it as it mainly serves to provide 

Starting from Sunday 21:00, a live code session will begin. It is open 
to everyone.
If you plan to participate, please notify us in the registration form 

  * The kind of media you plan to use ? (Audio, video, both...)
  * The output ports are available on your hardware ? (HDMI, VGA, ...)


We thank you in advance for your participation and kindly invite you to 
share this call to any interested organization or person you may be 
aware of.

With our best regards,
The Linux Audio Conference team

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