Workshop on Ubiquitous Music (UbiMus 2019)

Organizer: Damian Keller, Amazon Center for Music Research (UFAC/IFAC) and Leandro Costalonga, Federal University of Espirito Santo (NESCoM/UFES)

Ubiquitous music (ubimus) is a new area of research grounded on recent developments in artistic practice, community-based educational approaches and convergent technological advances that target the expansion of the creative resources for non-musicians and for musicians in everyday contexts. Ubimus proposals encompass research based on ubiquitous and mobile computing, DIY electronics, participatory design, ecologically based creative practice and interaction aesthetics, highlighting emerging issues such as the artistic use of the Internet of Musical Things (IoMusT), the strategies for support of everyday musical creativity and the enhanced possibilities of lay-musician interaction.

We welcome demonstrations and position papers that target conceptual, technological or artistic explorations of current or future ubimus scenarios. This Ubiquitous Music Workshop will feature artistic, technical and theoretical discussions to encourage new collaborations among research groups based in Europe and Brazil. A key objective is to draft a research agenda that addresses issues such as sustainability, social acceptability and the expanded access to musical creative practices in both central and peripheral countries. This initial bridge between the CMMR and the ubimus communities promises to be fruitful and fun. We look forward to your contributions!

Topics and goals, centered on sound and music making:

  • bullet blue  participatory design
  • bullet blue  DIY electronics
  • bullet blue  professional and everyday creativity
  • bullet blue  digital arts
  • bullet blue  information technology creative practices
  • bullet blue  community-oriented educational technologies
  • bullet blue  ubiquitous and mobile computing
  • bullet blue  embedded-embodied cognition
  • bullet blue  computer-supported collaboration
  • bullet blue  lay-musician interaction
  • bullet blue  music interaction design
  • bullet blue  interaction aesthetics
  • bullet blue  internet of musical things

Brief history of the Ubiquitous Music Group

The Ubiquitous Music Group (g-ubimus) is a network of researchers encompassing engineersand computer scientists, educators and musicians, with members and collaborators based in Brazil, Europe, North America and Oceania. The g-ubimus started its activities in 2007 and hasreceived institutional support from various Brazilian and international funding agencies. Since 2010, the workshops on ubiquitous music bring together researchers from various fields todiscuss concepts, methods and results of this emerging research area. Ubiquitous music (ubimus)explores the convergence of participatory artistic practices based on mobile and distributed technologies, while fostering the integration of recent advances in music making, cognitivescience, education, computing.


Damián Keller, Amazon Center for Music Research (UFAC/IFAC)

E-mail: dkeller (at)

Dr. Damián Keller. Associate professor, Federal University of Acre, Brazil. Principal investigator of the Amazon Center for Music Research (UFAC/IFAC). Cofounder and member of the Ubiquitous Music Group. Has published over 150 articles on music, computing and creativity. Books include: Music Creation and Technologies (Anppom, 2010), Ubiquitous Music (Springer, 2014), Applications in Ubiquitous Music (Anppom, 2018).

Leandro Costalonga, Federal University of Espirito Santo (NESCoM/UFES),

E-mail: leandro.costalonga (at)

Dr. Leandro Costalonga. Assistant professor, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Head of the Computer Music Research Group of Espirito Santo (NESCoM), Member of the Ubiquitous Music Group. Has published over 50 articles on Computer Music related topics. Other research interest include Human-Computer Interaction, Programming Languages and Artificial Intelligence.


Date: Friday 18 October (full day)

Capacity: 120 participants

Location: Salle de conférences Pierre Desnuelle, CNRS Campus Joseph Aiguier, 31 chemin Joseph Aiguier, 13009 Marseille