Musical Performances: Submission Info

SIGGRAPH 2009 is seeking performances of interactive music and visual works that would interest or delight attendees and demonstrate innovative, appealing, and amazing uses of technology. Special attention will be given to multimodal or multisensory work (for example, work that combines live music and images).

Submission of interactive musical performances (with or without a visual component) should include media files that best document the performance to be presented at the conference. Works that involve a visual element should be documented by a video recording of a previous performance, with the visual elements prominently showing in the video. If there is no recording of a previous performance or if the work is a premiere, then the proposed work should be rendered in a draft or preview form, including both the music and visual elements.

For live interactive works that have no visual component, a high-resolution stereo MP3 file of either the entire work (compressed at 256 Kbps or better) or a large portion is required. A video recording with high-quality audio of a prior live musical performance is also acceptable. In every instance, the submitter should attempt to give the jury the best possible rendition of the intended work so a suitable review can be undertaken.

If you are interested in discussing the technology or design of your performance, please also consider simultaneously proposing a Talk.

Use the General Submission online submission form. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2009. For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General Submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Musical Performance, please select Musical Performance as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including submitter name, affiliation, and contact information, as well as title of the work, a single-sentence summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer), and a one-paragraph overview that highlights the innovations or significant accomplishments and contributions to the SIGGRAPH community (150 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • A 300-word description of your submission to be used on the web site.
  • A one-page abstract describing your work (PDF). The abstract should include what the users will see and experience, and what is novel about your work.
  • For live interactive works that have no visual component, a high-resolution stereo MP3 file of either the entire work (compressed at 256 Kbps or better) or a large portion is required.
  • Maximum five-minute video documenting the work, for example, showing (excerpts from) a prior performance (with associated audio). We only accept uploaded videos in QuickTime MPEG-4 or DivX Version 6 formats, and the file size should not exceed 100 MB. The file must be uploaded using the online submission system.
  • How often during the conference week you would be interested in performing your work.
  • Size and space requirements.
  • Detailed information on electrical, networking, lighting, and sound requirements.
  • A logistics plan. This plan further describes requirements for your proposed performance. Important details can include unique staging and handling concerns, time required to setup, diagrams for space utilization (including any overhead requirements such as clearances or hanging suspensions), number of people required to setup and/or present, dependency on radio/wireless control elements, or any other aspects of your performance. If in doubt, no detail is too small to include here for conference planners.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.


  • Up to six supplementary images.
  • Supplementary text document (three pages maximum, PDF). This material can include text and images to help the jury further understand any unique results of your submission beyond the merits of your one-page required abstract. This material is only for optional jury use and might not be reviewed. Critical information for your submission should be noted in your one-page abstract.

Submitted works will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields of music, art, and technology. Consideration will be influenced by budgetary and logistical constraints on performance space.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your submission on xx xxxx 2009.

You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance. The Computer Animation Festival may also request storyboards and production artwork.

You must sign and return Acceptance Agreements for all participants one week after acceptance.

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2009, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your performance will be presented.

You are responsible for bringing or shipping any necessary equipment to New Orleans by xx xxxx 2009 and for return shipment of the equipment. Some financial assistance for shipping may be available for large works. Some equipment may be rented at the conference.

You must complete and return:

  • Shipping Information Form
  • Equipment Rental Form
  • Networking Form
  • Insurance Form

18 February
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

19 February - 25 March
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.

26-29 March
Jury meeting for all General Submissions.

30 March - 19 April
Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.

20-21 April
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.

3 May
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans