Kenneth Fields
Since 2002
Works in Fox Lake, Illinois United States of America

Kenneth Fields, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Telemedia Arts
Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dept of Music
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
University of Calgary, CA

Ken Fields engaged in interdisciplinary studies across multiple departments (art, music, linguistics, computer and cognitive sciences), receiving a Doctorate in Media Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000. Continuing to pursue uncharted territory, Ken moved to China (2000-2008) to participate in the development of nascent digital arts/music programs at China's Central Conservatory of Music (Professor in the China Electronic Music Center, CEMC) and Peking University (Associate Professor in the School of Software, Department of Digital Art and Design). Concurrently, he lectured at China's Academy of Fine Arts while presenting his work internationally. During this time he served on the board of the young Electronic Music Association of China (EMAC) and started the Chinese language branch of Leonardo LABS - a database of abstracts for Ph.D, Masters and MFA theses at the intersection of research in arts and science. Another major accomplishment of this period was to lead a team project to translate the Computer Music Tutorial by Curtis Roads (exp. fall 2008). Ken was co-organizer of CEMC’s annual Musicacoustica festival in Beijing from 2005-2007, as well as the Planetary Collegium's Consciousness Reframed Conference 2004: Qi and Complexity. His domain of practice lies within the area of telematic arts - more specifically digital music - while theoretically focusing on issues related to ontology and the technology of inquiry. Ken is presently a regional editor for the Journal of Organised Sound and a member of the international peer review panel for LABS: Leonardo Abstracts Service.

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Musicacoustica 2006: Language

Sun Oct 22, 2006 00:00 - Sun Nov 20, 2005

The Electroacoustic Music Association of China (EMAC) and the China Electronic Music Center (CEMC) based at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in a special cooperation with the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network's (EMS) International Conference Series are pleased to announce their annual festival:

Musicacoustica 2006: Language
October 22nd through 29th
Beijing, China

The week-long MusicAcoustica 2006 festival (22-29 October) will be focused on the broad theme of Language. EMS06 papers, in more focused paper sessions (from the 23rd to 26th), will concentrate on a crucial aspect of language, namely terminology - see the full call for papers here: We consider this historical joint meeting in Beijing as essentially an international summit on the coherence of electroacoustic music terminology subject to the twisting and bending of the field in its emerging global context. Music, sound installations and workshops will further reflect on the theme in all its breadth and depth.

Chinese composers and academics come together once a year to plan future directions for the development of computer music in China and to learn/exchange with their international guests. This year the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS) "an international team which aims to encourage reflection on the better understanding of electroacoustic music" will be our special guests at the festival. At the same time, we invite a broad reflection on the theme from experts in linguistics and music, ontology specification, semantic web, music knowledge modeling and translation issues related to expert domain knowledges.

A local motivation for the conference relates to problems in translation of new terms (such as microsound or phonography) into Chinese. However, we invite submissions from various perspectives derived from projects posing new approaches to coherent structuring of specialized domain knowledges (such as new media - translate smartmob into Chinese!) which have faced problems with translation issues. The objective of this ‘summit’ is to create a forum of sustained co-operation; an international effort towards situating and translating electronic music concepts and terms within the emerging semantic global village. Workshops and extended residencies are invited in the days surrounding the conference.

Deadline for music proposals is May 1, 2006 - to be notified by June 1st. Contact Kenneth Fields, below for more information. Register for conference updates at: Detailed registration information to follow in February of 2006.
Deadline for the EMS papers proposals (abstracts and CV's) is February 26th, 2006. (see paper call for details - above link).

Musicacoustica Organizing committee:

Zhang Xiaofu
President of EMAC;
Director of CEMC at China's Central Conservatory of Music 

Kenneth Fields
CEMC at China's Central Conservatory of Music
Also: Dept of Digital Art and Design, Peking University

Send materials (DVD, CD's) regarding festival to:
MusicAcoustic 2006 C/O
Zhang Xiaofu and Kenneth Fields
CEMC - China Electronic Music Center
Central Conservatory of Music
43 BaoJia Street
Beijing 100031 China,
Tel: 6642-5742
Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Organizers:

MTI (Leigh Landy, EARS ElectroAcoustic Resource Site, MTI Research Centre, De Montfort University)
INA/GRM (Daniel Teruggi)
MINT (Marc Battier, Musicologie, informatique et nouvelles technologies, OMF, Universite de Paris-Sorbonne)