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International Computer Music Conference 

These days, most acts use computers to make recorded music, at least in some part of the process. Ever since the first monstrous laboratory-sized computers have been in popular usage, people have explored the musical possibilities of the machines. The International Computer Music Association has been convening since 1974 to listen to the melodic beeps and blips of their electronic instruments. This year's keynote speaker, Max Mathews (pictured), has been creating them since 1957. The 2006 ICMC includes panels and lectures with computer musicians from all over the world, as well as several days of concerts that will take place on the Tulane University campus and at the Sound CafŽ in Bywater. It's also the first year that the conference is being held in conjunction with the delightfully odd-sounding Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. A look at the conference's concert schedule shows that the multimedia pieces to be presented include titles like "Sonata for computer, dance, piano and Tibetan singing bowl." This ain't no rave party. Check Web site for conference registration and individual event ticket prices. -- Alison Fensterstock

Nov. 6-11

Multiple venues; www.icmc2006.org

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