Fifth Annual Web Audio Conference

4 Dec 2019 to 6 Dec 2019
Trondheim, Norway

Fifth Annual Web Audio Conference

The fifth Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held 4-6 December, 2019 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

WAC is an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses academic research, artistic research, development, design, evaluation and standards concerned with emerging audio-related web technologies such as Web Audio API, Web RTC, WebSockets and Javascript. The conference welcomes web developers, music technologists, computer musicians, application designers, industry engineers, R&D scientists, academic researchers, artists, students and people interested in the fields of web development, music technology, computer music, audio applications and web standards. The previous Web Audio Conferences were held in 2015 at IRCAM and Mozilla in Paris, in 2016 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, in 2017 at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London in London, and in 2018 at TU Berlin in Berlin.

The internet has become much more than a simple storage and delivery network for audio files, as modern web browsers on desktop and mobile devices bring new user experiences and interaction opportunities. New and emerging web technologies and standards now allow applications to create and manipulate sound in real-time at near-native speeds, enabling the creation of a new generation of web-based applications that mimic the capabilities of desktop software while leveraging unique opportunities afforded by the web in areas such as social collaboration, user experience, cloud computing, and portability. The Web Audio Conference focuses on innovative work by artists, researchers, students, and engineers in industry and academia, highlighting new standards, tools, APIs, and practices as well as innovative web audio applications for musical performance, education, research, collaboration, and production, with an emphasis on bringing more diversity into audio.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our two keynote speakers: Rebekah Wilson (independent researcher, technologist, composer, co-founder and technology director for Chicago’s Source Elements) and Norbert Schnell (professor of Music Design at the Digital Media Faculty at the Furtwangen University). More info available at:

Theme and Topics

The theme for the fifth edition of the Web Audio Conference is Diversity in Web Audio. We particularly encourage submissions focusing on inclusive computing, cultural computing, postcolonial computing, and collaborative and participatory interfaces across the web in the context of generation, production, distribution, consumption and delivery of audio material that especially promote diversity and inclusion.

Further areas of interest include:

  • Web Audio API, Web MIDI, Web RTC and other existing or emerging web standards for audio and music
  • Development tools, practices, and strategies of web audio applications
  • Innovative audio-based web applications
  • Web-based music composition, production, delivery, and experience
  • Client-side audio engines and audio processing/rendering (real-time or non real-time)
  • Cloud/HPC for music production and live performances
  • Audio data and metadata formats and network delivery
  • Server-side audio processing and client access
  • Frameworks for audio synthesis, processing, and transformation
  • Web-based audio visualization and/or sonification
  • Multimedia integration
  • Web-based live coding and collaborative environments for audio and music generation
  • Web standards and use of standards within audio-based web projects
  • Hardware and tangible interfaces and human-computer interaction in web applications
  • Codecs and standards for remote audio transmission
  • Any other innovative work related to web audio that does not fall into the above categories.