Mathematics and Computation in Music 2009 / John Clough Memorial Conference

Important dates (updated)

Submission of papers, tutorials and panels
February 9, 2009

Notification of acceptance
March 24, 2009

Camera-ready submissions
March 31, 2009

MCM 2009 / John Clough Memorial Conference
June 19-22, 2009

Call for Participation

The joint Second International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2009) and the John Clough Memorial Conference will take place June 19-22, 2009 (Friday through Monday) at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. 

The International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, MCM, is the flagship conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music. The inaugural conference of the society took place in 2007 in Berlin.  The study of mathematics and music dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks.  The rise of computing and the digital age has added computation to this august tradition. MCM aims to provide a dedicated platform for the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in mathematics, informatics, music theory, composition, musicology, and related disciplines.

The John Clough Memorial Conference honors a mathematical music theorist whose research modeled the virtues of collaborative work across the disciplines, and who generously fostered a cooperative attitude with and among younger researchers. The quadrennial conferences that Clough first organized at Buffalo in 1993 positioned neo-Riemannian theory on the map of musical scholarship. The John Clough Memorial Conference carries the spirit of those sessions beyond his passing in 2003, while embracing the entire domain of mathematical music theory. 

We welcome original and high quality contributions – including research papers, invited sessions or panels, tutorials, and exhibits – in all areas related to the mission of the society. To promote objectivity and fairness in judging research paper contributions, the peer review process will be double-blind.

As part of the conference, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University will mount a special display of music and mathematics material from their collection. Submissions on the history of mathematical music theory are particularly encouraged, especially if they engage with Beinecke holdings. 

The proceedings of the conference will be published by the new Springer series on Computational Music Science.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the paper submission guidelines carefully, as these instructions combine practices in the humanities and science/engineering traditions.

1. Papers

Submissions are to come in the form of complete papers, rather than proposals for work to be completed later. All papers will be judged according to their novelty, content, presentation, and contribution to the field. Paper submissions should satisfy the following conditions:

• submission must consist of original contributions not previously published, and not currently being considered for publication elsewhere

• formatting must comply with guidelines and templates available on the conference webpage (

• maximum length of the paper is 3,000 words

• graphics, if any, should preferably be embedded in the text; they may also be appended at the end on supplementary pages

• papers should be prefaced by a 150 to 200-word abstract; this is not included in the word count for the submission

All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer review. Submitters may be asked to respond to initial reviews during the last week of February. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than March 12, and must submit final revisions, camera ready, by March 27. 

Presentations based on the papers will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. 

Authors should bring their own laptops and other appropriate equipment for presentations of accepted papers.

At least one author must register for the conference before submitting the camera-ready version.

2. Panels

Panels should offer lively and provocative discussions on topics of particular interest to the community. Rather than offering a series of paper presentations, panel sessions should be structured so as to engage the audience in thoughtful and constructive dialogue with the panelists.  Submissions should be emailed to as pdf files containing a 1-2 page abstract providing the following details:

• the topic and issues to be discussed, 
• short biographies of the moderator and panelists, and
• any special requirements.

3. Tutorials

Tutorials should concentrating on a single topic, and last approximately 3 hours, including a break. Submissions should be emailed to as pdf files containing a 1-2 page abstract with the following details:

• an outline of the tutorial topic,
• the intended and expected audience,
• short biography of the presenter(s), and
• any special requirements.

4. Exhibits

Throughout MCM 2009, space will be available for publishers, software companies, booksellers, service providers, system vendors, and other businesses interested in exhibiting their MCM-related products. They are invited to contact the program committee via email to regarding exhibition space.

We look forward to seeing you in New Haven,

MCM 2009 / JCM General Chairs:
Richard Cohn, Yale University
Ian Quinn, Yale University / Stanford University

MCM 2009 / JCM Program Chairs:
Elaine Chew, University of Southern California / Harvard University
Adrian Childs, University of Georgia