Website for the 2020 Linux Audio Conference held in Bordeaux, France
25-27 Nov 2020 Talence (France)

Call for works

General considerations

*All* submissions must go through the conference website:
*All* submissions must be written in english.
*All* submissions will be peer-reviewed by a jury of experts with adequate qualifications with regards to the topic of the submission, excluding lightning talks.
*All* submissions will be present in the proceedings, including workshops, excluding lightning talks.

You may already have an account to the conference website due to other conferences using the same service. If that is the case, upon login in, please go to the "Registration" tab and fill out the missing information - in particular the expected arrival and departure times which will allow us to schedule the conference program accordingly.

To submit, follow the following link : (or go to "My Submission" in the "My Space" button at the top-left which will appear after you register to the conference website).

0. Important dates 

Call open: 01/10/2019

Paper & poster deadline: 09/02/2020  31/12/2019

Artwork deadline: 15/01/2020  31/12/2019

Workshop deadline: 09/02/2020  31/01/2020

Review deadline: 08/03/2020 08/02/2020

Author notification: 15/03/2020 15/02/2020

Camera-ready deadline: 05/04/2020 25/03/2020

Code jam: 10/05/2020

Conference dates: 11/05/2020 to 13/05/2020


All deadlines are at 23:59 UTC -12:00 (which means that no matter where you live ; if it's less than 23:59 on the mentioned day it is still good !)


1. Conference themes

Submissions can focus on technical, artistic or scientific issues.

Topics for papers, workshops and posters

The general themes are audio research and development on Linux systems, & FLOSS (free, libre and open-source) multimedia. We encourage submissions on non-Linux FLOSS operating systems (BSDs, Haiku, Fuschia, IncludeOS, Redox...) as well as non audio-centric works: video, network protocols, performing arts, video games...

The 2020 edition has a leading theme: Libre Languages. 
Here are some topic examples : 

  • Art projects done with free software systems.
  • Audio architecture of operating systems
  • Audio plug-ins
  • Education, teaching
  • Graphical environments for creation
  • Hardware support
  • Interactive Art
  • Interfaces for musical expressivity
  • Live coding
  • Embedded hardware & support (ARM, RISC-V, etc)
  • Mobile hardware & support (phones, tablets)
  • Musical production and related tools
  • Network protocols
  • Network distribution
  • New Media Art
  • Open hardware
  • Performing arts
  • Programming languages for creation
  • Real-time programming languages
  • Real-time operating systems and kernels
  • Sensors, human-machine interfaces in a real-time context
  • Signal and sound processing
  • Sound spatialisation
  • Standards, interoperability
  • Video
  • Video games


Musical works and installations can address all areas of media art as long as they include some level of audio creation using free software.
Examples of accepted works can include:

  • Acoustic Music
  • Acousmatic music
  • Art installations
  • Electronic Music
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Game in art
  • Interactive Art
  • Live code
  • Mixed Music
  • Musique concrète
  • New Media Art
  • Web and Connected Art 

2. Call for papers

Paper templates are available to download from here:
The length of a paper is 4 to 8 pages, with up to 5 keywords, and an abstract of 100 to 200 words.
The abstract will be published on the conference website once the paper has been accepted.
Initial submissions must be anonymized ; please inform us of any potential conflict of interest.

The full paper will be available on the website at the beginning of the conference.

Oral presentation

Accepted papers will be presented in an oral session. In order for a paper to appear in the proceedings, it must have been presented orally at the conference by at least one of its authors. The length of the presentation is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minutes discussion.

3. Call for music, art works and art installations

LAC 2020 invites submissions of artistic works involving the use of free, libre and open-source software and/or hardware.
Pre-recorded music, interactive installations and live performances are accepted. A jury will select the compositions and installations to be included in the conference program according to artistic merit and technical feasibility. Please be prepared to perform your work yourself and make sure that you have all resources needed to perform your piece (e.g. instruments, props, other performers, etc.).

Please provide us with a few paragraphs of text describing your work, if possible between 200 and 500 words, as well as any content which would allow the artistic jury to evaluate it - pictures, videos, website would be welcome.

Locations available for diffusion and installations

The installations will be located in multiple places, which are described in the SCRIME tab on this website. Each place will have a different sound system available.

4. Call for posters

LAC2020 accepts submission of posters related to any of the themes mentioned before.
We cannot print posters.
There is a printing shop located very close to the university which can print a poster from a PDF (Copifac Talence, .

5. Call for workshops

LAC2020 accepts workshop proposals.
An abstract and a description of the workshop following the paper template (1 or 2 pages max) is required.
If the workshop participants need to install any kind of software, please write it plainly in the workshop abstract.

Workshops must last at most two hours ; if shorter, please precise the expected duration in the submission so that we can schedule them accordingly.

6. Code jam

The day before the official beginning of the conference (10th may) will feature a code jam. It's sunday and most french places will be closed anyways :-).

The goal of the code jam is to provide a space for teams developing Linux audio software to meet in person & discuss development issues in an informal way, as well as introduce new contributors to the various codebases (interested university students will certainly be present), and overall to perform a live state of the art of audio software on free systems.

The code jam will have a topic, which will be disclosed upon opening. It is not mandatory to follow it as it mainly serves to provide inspiration.

Starting from sunday 21:00, a live code session will begin. It is open to everyone.
If you plan to participate, please notify us in the registration form with:

  • The kind of media you plan to use ? (Audio, video, both...)
  • The output ports are available on your hardware ? (HDMI, VGA, ...)

Else we cannot guarantee that you will be able to plug-in whenever you want.

7. Lightning talks

Lightning talks last 5 minutes (one minute of questions) and can be very useful to quickly present your latest software development. They will not be submitted to peer review and can cover peripheral topics, including discussions about the Linux Audio community or other areas of free software.

Due to the very short time, if a medium is required, you will be required to submit it at least 24 hours before presenting it : 

  • As slides in PDF format.
  • As a video file.

The medium will be made readily available on a plugged-in computer.


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