Proceedings of the Workshop on Ubiquitous Music

Proceedings of the Workshop on Ubiquitous Music

The written component of the papers will be evaluated using two criteria: content and style. Content will be addressed through three aspects: relevance, validity and innovation. Style will be appraised through four aspects: accuracy, clarity, simplicity and readability.

The musical examples accompanying the paper will be analyzed for their consistency with the written material, using two criteria for evaluation: relevance and technique.


Written Section

1. Content. The content or core idea of the text should be powerful, relevant, valid and innovative and it should be
supported with significant musical results.

- Relevance: The topic must be relevant and important to the ubiquitous music audience. The paper must present or support a finding or conclusion with significant value to that audience. Two measures will be considered: (a) the degree to which the ideas or results presented can be reused or built upon by others, and (b) the paper's value to the ubiquitous music community as an example of innovative application of technologies, methods, and concepts, with significant aesthetic

- Validity: This refers to the strength and intellectual quality of the idea, how supporting rationale are expressed, and the soundness of the processes in reaching the results. Validity does not refer to the idea itself, but to the value of the idea and how that value is developed or demonstrated in the paper. The author(s) should provide a convincing rationale supporting the paper's claims and conclusions. Hence, discussion and development of the idea must be based on accepted principles of logic and technical inquiry. Technical approaches should be grounded in the scientific method and the accepted technical theory in the ubimus field. Deviations and proposed extensions to these should be clearly stated, supported and rationalized. Evaluations must be based on solid reasoning and logic and must present consistent artistic results.

- Innovation: This refers to the contribution of new information, to insights or innovative aesthetic outcome. The paper need not be on a totally new or original subject. However, the paper's results should be unique, non-obvious and significant. The paper could include support for, questioning of, or rejection of an already published method, approach or theory. It could be a novel way of treating at a familiar subject.

2. Writing Style. Writing style refers to the manner in which the topic is presented rather than the topic itself. The principal elements for evaluation are accuracy, clarity, simplicity and readability. Papers that, although technically correct, do not also reflect excellence in writing style may not be reviewed favorably. The writing style of the paper should be appropriate to the ubimus audience.

- Accuracy. Specific, technical, language must be used. Vague or undefined terms should be avoided.

- Clarity: This requires an unambiguous and logical organization of the paper. Strong transitions and concise language enable the reader to easily follow the author's train of thought. Trivia, exhaustive detail and stilted language should be avoided. Proper emphasis should be placed on the paper's primary idea. This idea should be concisely supported and not
overshadowed by secondary ideas and detail.

- Simplicity: To hold the reader's attention, the author should convey an idea as quickly and clearly as possible. Language should be direct and not overblown, weighty or exaggerated. Simplicity means conciseness by eliminating the redundant, non-contributing words that merely fill a sentence.

- Readability: This refers to a smooth, easy-to-read style using carefully selected words, appropriately formal and informal grammar and sentence variations. Irrelevant and self-serving asides detract from the desired fluency of a paper.

3. Referenced works: Explicit discussion of and reference to relevant ubiquitous music works should be included in the text. Cited works may or may not include previous Ubiquitous Music Workshops. Ubiquitous music papers published in international journals and conferences need to be addressed.


Artistic Section

- Technique: For evaluation purposes, technique refers to the compositional, computational or accessory methods employed. It will be appraised through internal and external consistency. Internal consistency refers to the thoroughness and solidity of the artistic approach. External consistency refers to the relevance and appropriateness of the application of methods extracted from other disciplinary fields.

- Relevance: The examples will be analyzed for their artistic content and their contribution to the artistic and music literature. Works that provide a novel artistic outcome and a novel format will be rated higher than works that only provide contributions of
technical content.