Computer music-related research and events have now become widespread, and several
international conferences take place around the globe. However, the number of
conferences at which musicians, composers, and researchers alike can join together
has been decreasing since each conference has become more particular in terms of
specialization and areas of interest. The International Computer Music Conference
(ICMC) remains one of the few such conferences which welcomes participation by both
musicians and researchers.
To date, ICMC has been hosted in Asia on four occasions: Tokyo in 1993,
Hong Kong in 1996, Beijing in 1999, and Singapore in 2003. Several other
research-oriented conferences have also been held. At the same time, such
activity has been flouring at country-specific events within East Asia:
Musicacoustica in Beijing (China), WOCMAT in Taiwan, SICMF in Korea.
Although these conferences are internationally-oriented, they are held
in the same country every year, and thus it is unrealistic to expect
an individual to attend all of them. We have felt the need for a more
equally-balanced globalized framework so that people in Asia can more
easily participate every year. We have also felt a need for new framework
which is specifically interwoven within the Asia region.
This project is supported by the ICMA Asia/Oceania region. In keeping
with the project goals, the annual conference will be hosted by a
different country within Asia from one year to the next. Additional
events (such as an individualized concerts, research presentations,
and symposia) will also take place on a more casual basis without
formal announcement in the previous year. The project is co-organized
with a domestic organization within the host country.