About the Workshop

The Digital Musics graduate program of the Dartmouth College Music Department is hosting its third annual Workshop in the Woods on Audio and Visual Synthesis from October 21 to October 23, 2016 at Pierce’s Inn in Etna, New Hampshire.

The workshop is free to admitted attendees and includes meals and group lodging. The workshop is generously supported by Bregman Media Labs, the Graduate Program in Digital Musics, and the Neukom Institute.


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This workshop brings together artists, musicians, composers, designers, architects, scientists, and engineers for a collaborative three day workshop on procedural, parametric, algorithmic, and generative means of creating audio, video, and objects.

The workshop will be located in a remote setting where participants will have free reign to roam the grounds, take hikes, and gather by a campfire at night. The evenings include performances and collective audio-visual synthesis improv sessions.

We invite researchers and artists who are developing and applying new techniques for audio and visual synthesis. Please visit last year’s site to get a sense of what to expect. We’re accepting applications for participation in any of the following categories.

Tutorials and talks

Tutorials and talks are 30 minutes in length, with additional time for questions. We encourage researchers and artists to submit abstracts on topics related to music, design, performance, and research involving audio and visual synthesis, broadly construed.


The Workshop features several poster/demo sessions. Posters and demos are set up around the Inn, and participants roam freely, talking to presenters one-on-one about their work.

Performance Pieces

Friday and Saturday evenings will feature performances by conference participants (performances should be 30–45 min).

Art Installations

The venue sits against a beautiful rural backdrop. Space is available both indoors and outdoors for art installations. The Workshop prefers installations that engage with the natural environment around Pierce’s Inn. Proposed outdoor installations must be weather-proof.


The workshop is fully collaborative. All participants must:

  • Be able to attend the full workshop, beginning to end.
  • Present their research or creative work in one of the above categories.

If you attended last year’s workshop you may apply to attend this year. However, you must have new creative work or research to present.

Applications are now open.

The soft deadline for submitting to our call is September 21, 2016. Early applications are encouraged. Invited participants will be notified shortly after the deadline.

If you have any questions contact us.

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Please see the wiki for up-to-date-schedule info.


Pierce’s Inn

Pierce's Inn
Pierce's Inn.

Pierce’s Inn is located in Etna, NH. There is lodging capacity for up to 40 guests and ample work space. Six meals will be provided. Hiking trails are located nearby and there is a large lawn to throw a frisbee, play croquet, or kick a soccer ball around. There is a drum set and piano on the premises. We encourage guests to bring their instruments.


Getting to/from Us

The Dartmouth Coach and Greyhound have daily buses to/from New York, Boston, and Montreal. We have arranged the workshop schedule around these bus schedules. We suggest that all bus tickets are booked early, as seats can quickly fill up.


Other travel options include Amtrak Vermonter Line and Cape Air out of the Lebanon airport. We encourage participants to post on the wiki to offer or request car rides.

Boston: Dartmouth Coach

Date Departure Time Arrival Time
Oct 21 Boston 9:30 AM Hanover 12:00 PM
Oct 21 Boston 11:30 AM Hanover 2:00 PM
Oct 23 Hanover 3:00 PM Boston 5:35 PM
Oct 23 Hanover 5:00 PM Boston 7:35 PM

NYC: Dartmouth Coach

Date Departure Time Arrival Time
Oct 21 NYC 8:30 AM Hanover 1:15 PM
Oct 23 Hanover 3:30 PM NYC 8:30 PM

Montreal: Greyhound

Date Departure Time Arrival Time
Oct 21 Montreal 8:15 AM White River Junction 1:10 PM
Oct 23 White River Junction 5:30 PM Montreal 10:00 PM

Getting to/from Town/Venue

Approximately one week before the event we will ask all drivers to volunteer for ride shares between Hanover and the venue. Pierce’s Inn is approximately a 13 minute drive from the bus drop-off point in Hanover. If you have a car, we will be relying on your generosity to help everyone get to the workshop.


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