This international music journal will focus on the rapidly developing methods and issues arising from the use of contemporary technology. The journal will concentrate upon the impact which the application of technology is having upon music in a variety of genres. These will include multimedia, performance art, sound sculpture and electroacoustic composition. It will be a forum for engineers, composers, performers, computer specialists, mathematicians and musicscholars to share the results of their research as they affect musical issues. Young researchers will be particularly encouraged. As well as articles, often concentrating on a particular theme, the journal will include a major review section. Contributors of articles are encouraged to submit accompanying sound examples for inclusion in the CD that will accompany the journal annually.
Submission of a paper to Organised Sound is held to imply that it represents an original contribution not previously published and that it is not being considered elsewhere. The style should be clear, direct and accessible to readers with a musical or engineering background. The Editors will assign referees from both backgrounds whenever possible.
Four copies are required. Submission by email is acceptable.
Papers should not exceed 8000 words and should be preceded by an abstract of approximately 200 words.
Please provide a covering note giving your affiliation and full mailing address (plus telephone and fax numbers and email address where possible).
Spelling. British or American English spelling may be used provided it is used consistently throughout the article.
Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Essential notes should be presented in a typed list at the end of the article, double-spaced. Any acknowledgements, or explanation of the genesis of an article, should appear as the first note keyed to the article title by an asterisk (*). Note indicators in the text should follow punctuation.
Bibliographical references should be given in parentheses in standard author-date form in the body of the text: (Lee and Devore 1968: 236). When a second or subsequent work by a particular author in the same year is cited, references should be distinguished by letters (a, b, c, etc.) placed after the date.
When a work is written by three or more authors, all names should be given in the first citation: (Fraser, Brown and Smith 1989). In subsequent citations, the first name only should be given with et al. added. A group of references within the text should be date ordered, the earliest first.
A complete list of references cited, arranged alphabetically by author's surname, should be typed double-spaced at the end of the article. The style adopted for particular types of publication should be as follows:
Brown, J. 1989. Musical pitch tracking based on a pattern recognition algorithm. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 85: S79.
Forte, A. 1973. The Structure of Atonal Music. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Loy, D. G. 1989 Composing with computers - a survey of some compostional formalisms and programming langues for music. In M. Mathews and J. Pierce (eds.) Current Directions in Computer Music. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Langston, P. S. 1989. Getting MIDI from a Sun. Bellcore Technical Memorandum ARH-016282.
Contractions and acronyms should have no full points (Dr, DAT), but abbreviations and their plurals should retain them (vol., vols., ed., eds.).
Tables should be clearly laid out on separate pages, numbered consecutively, and designed to fit a page text area of 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" (167 x 241mm) or a single column with a width of 3 1/8" (80mm). Vertical lines should not be used and horizontal lines should be used only at the top and bottom of the table and below column headings. Totals and percentages should be labelled and units identified.
Illustrations should be provided on separate pages, numbered consecutively in a single sequence whether they are line figures or photographs. Captions should be typed on a separate sheet, double spaced. Indicate in square brackets in the typescript, or in the margin, approximately where in the text tables and figures should fall.
Figures should be provided initially as clear roughs or photocopies. On acceptance, authors will be asked to provide artwork of a professional standard suitable for direct reproduction (see above for maximum dimensions including caption). Line drawings, good photo prints and sharp copy from laser printers are acceptable. Graphic work printed on a dot matrix printer is not acceptable.
Photographs should be provided as black and white glossy prints, numbered sequentially with any other illustrations (Fig. 4, Fig. 5, not Plate I, Plate II). The figure number and a short identifying title should be written lightly in pencil on the back.
Subheadings should be typed with prefatory numbers indicating the level of importance, 1, 1.1, 1.1.1. No more than three levels of subheading should normally be used.
Quotations. Single inverted commas should be used except for quotations within quotations, which should have double inverted commas. Longer quotations of more than 60 words, or quotations which are of particular importance or the focus of your discussion, should be set off from the text with an extra line of space above and below, and typed without inverted commas.
Hyphenation should be kept to a minimum: lifetime, cooperation, subheading.
Numbers should be written out up to 100, except where they refer to precise measurements. Above 100, use a comma rather than a space where four or more digits are involved (2,000 not 2 000). The words 'per cent' should be written out rather than abbreviated to %. Centuries too should be written out in full ('the nineteenth century' rather than 'the 19th century').
First proofs may be read and corrected by contributors provided that they can guarantee to return the corrected proofs, by airmail when appropriate, within four days of receipt. Contributors should correct printers' errors but not introduce new or different material at this stage.
Twenty-five offprints of each article will be provided free of charge. These will be sent to the first author unless otherwise requested; additional copies may be purchased if ordered at proof stage on the form provided.