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Day 1: 24 October 2019, St Cecilia’s Hall

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:15 Paper Session 1

Brian Miller (Yale) From Pragmatism to Information Theory: Leonard Meyer, Musical Style and the Origins of Corpus Studies
Eamonn Bell (Columbia) Abraham Moles Redux: Théorie de l’information et perception esthétique (1958) and Its Sources
Chair: Morag J. Grant

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Paper Session 2

Deirdre Loughridge (Northeastern) Daphne Oram: Cyberneticist
Christopher Haworth (Birmingham) ‘A Control That Was Not Itself Cybernetic’: Revisiting British Cyberculture, 1994-1999
Chair: Marie Thompson

12:30-14:15 Break

14:15-15:45 Paper Session 3

G. Douglas Barrett (Salisbury) The Catastrophe of Technology: Posthuman Automata and Nam June Paik’s Robot K-456
Michael Goddard (Westminster) Sidereal Sound, ‘Time Machines’ and ‘Baby Food’: The Recursive Turn in Coil’s Music from the 1990s
Ted Gordon (Columbia) Diffracting Cybernetics at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1962–1966
Chair: Peter Nelson

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:30 Keynote

Eric Drott (UT Austin) Remembering Musical Cybernetics
Chair: Christopher Haworth

Day 2: 25 October 2019, St Cecilia’s Hall

10:00-11:30 Panel Discussion

Peter Nelson, Mark Steedman & Richard Coyne (Edinburgh) Reflections on the History of Music AI Research in Edinburgh
Chair: Patrick Valiquet

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-13:15 Paper Session 4

Patrick Valiquet (Edinburgh) Cool Opportunities: Non-Representational Musicology and the Affordance Principal
Clara Latham (New School) Discourses of Control: The Instrumental Body in Cybernetics
Alex McIe (NYU) Sound and Communication in Philip K. Dick’s Ubik
Chair: Christopher Haworth

13:15-14:15 Break

14:15-15:45 Paper Session 5

Seb Franklin (KCL) Intellectual Workers and Street Nuisances, 1864
Matthew Mendez (Yale) Deepfake News: Towards a Genealogy of the ‘Cybernetic Voice
Thomas Patteson (Curtis Institute) Music, Models and the Nonhuman
Chair: Elaine Kelly

15:45-16:15 Break

16:15-17:00 Final Discussion