30 August - 1 September 2023
Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom

Embodied Sound in the Virtual

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Call for Contributions

Audio Mostly is an interdisciplinary conference on design and experience of interaction with sound that prides itself on embracing applied theory and reflective practice. Its annual gatherings bring together thinkers and doers from academia and industry that share an interest in sonic interaction and the use of audio for interface design. This remit covers product design, auditory display, computer games and virtual environments, new musical instruments, and education and workplace tools. It further includes fields such as the psychology of sound and music, cultural studies, system engineering, and everything in between in which sonic interaction plays a role. Popular keywords of previous submissions are visualized as tag cloud below (download alphabetical list here).

Tag cloud of aggregated key words of Audio Mostly 2010-2019, showing the variety of disciplines in the conference

Tag cloud of aggregated keywords of Audio Mostly 2010-2019, showing the variety of disciplines in the conference (© M. Weger and K. Groß-Vogt, 2019).


This year's conference theme Embodied Sound in the Virtual, we intend to inspire new thoughts at the intersection of sound design and embodied interactions in
virtual environments (AR/VR/MR/XR).  Sound design can play a crucial role in supporting immersive experiences and fostering seamless ‘natural’ embodied interactions with the virtual and real world. Interactions with the virtual are fostered through the continuous development of devices (wearables and hearables) and their applications in interactive experiences (games, exhibitions, installations, tours, etc.). Although technologies enable interaction with the virtual through bodily gestures, there is a paucity of auditory feedback to fully support these interactions at the intersection between the real and the virtual. How do we support these interactions through sound? How sound impacts our virtual experience and presence?

AudioMostly'23 encourages the submission of contributions addressing such questions and others related to the conference theme and the topics presented below.


The AudioMostly conference series is interested in Sonic Interaction Design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in general. The conference provides a space to reflect on the role of sound and music in our lives and how to understand, develop and design systems which relate to sound and music – we are particularly interested in this from a broad HCI perspective. We encourage the submission of original regular papers, posters, demos, workshops, music contributions and installations addressing the conference theme or other topics from the list provided below. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches involving fields such as music informatics, information and communication technologies, sound design, music performance, visualization, composition, perception, cognition, and aesthetics.

Accessible technologies based on sound 
Acoustics and psychoacoustics
Affective computing applied to sound and music
Art based research related to sound and music
Artificial Intelligence, HCI and music
Auditory display and sonification
Auditory process monitoring
Augmented and virtual reality with or for sound and music
Binaural music production
Computational musicology
Critical approaches to interaction, design, and sound
Digital augmentation (e.g., musical instruments, stage, studio, audiences, performers, objects)
Digital music libraries
Embedded systems
Ethnographic studies
Game audio and music
Gestural interaction with sound or music
Immersive and spatial audio
Interactive sonic arts and artworks
Intelligent music tutoring systems
Interfaces for audio engineering and post-production
Interfaces or synthesis models for sound design
Live performing arts
Multimodal data analysis including sound
Music information retrieval & Interaction
Musical Human-Computer Interaction
New methods for the evaluation of user experiences of sound and music
Participatory and co-design methodologies with or for audio
Philosophical or sociological reflections on Audio Mostly related topics
Psychology, cognition, perception
Semantic web music and audio
Spatial audio, interaction design and ambisonics
Sonic Interaction Design
Sonification and visualization
Sound and image interaction: from production to perception
Sound and soundscape studies
Storytelling with data and sound

We envisage covering these topics from a variety of viewpoints: from design (HCI, sonic interaction design, sonification and multisensory interactions, extended reality) over engineering (signal processing, spatial audio, networking, artificial intelligence) to music and fine arts (composition; artistic research). AudioMostly'23 will mostly focus on sound and it’s perception in real and extended, artistic and industrial environments.

As in previous years, the AudioMostly'23 proceedings will be published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and made available through their digital library. Regular papers, posters and demos will be double-blind peer-reviewed, each receiving three reviews.