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ICMC 2001

General Information

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What is the International Computer Music Conference?

Since its launch in 1974, the annual International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) has developed into the principal international forum for the exchange of artistic, scientific, engineering and philosophical research in the field of computer music and music technology. The ICMC has been presented annually in many of the major cultural capitals of the industrialized world. It has been hosted in Europe, North America, and three times in Asia to date. Recent hosts include: 1997 Thessalonika Greece, 1998 University of Michigan, 1999 Beijing China, 2000 Berlin, and now Havana, Cuba, in 2001. There has never been an ICMC in any country in Latin America in the 25 years of its history.

Why the ICMC in Havana?

The 2001 ICMC will be in Havana, Cuba in September. This will be a landmark conference for several reasons:


Although it is not widely known, Cuba has been an active member of the international community in electroacoustic music since the early 60's. In particular, composer Juan Blanco has been extremely active in this field. Dr. Blanco is the director of the Laboratorio Nacional de Música Electroacústica and the conference. Maestro Blanco has hosted smaller conferences in Cuba since 1981 entitled "Primavera en Varadero." In 1998 the festival was moved to Havana and is now called "Primavera en La Habana." Juan Blanco is also on the jury of Bourges Festival in France called "Concourse International de Musique Electroacoustique."