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ICFP 2016
Sun 18 - Sat 24 September 2016 Nara, Japan

The ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design (FARM) gathers together people who are harnessing functional techniques in the pursuit of creativity and expression.

Functional Programming has emerged as a mainstream software development paradigm, and its artistic and creative use is booming. A growing number of software toolkits, frameworks and environments for art, music and design now employ functional programming languages and techniques. FARM is a forum for exploration and critical evaluation of these developments, for example to consider potential benefits of greater consistency, tersity, and closer mapping to a problem domain.

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09:15 - 10:15
Bithoven: Gödel Encoding of Chamber Music and Functional 8-Bit Audio Synthesis
Jay McCarthy University of Massachusetts Lowell
Structured reactive programming with polymorphic temporal tiles
Simon Archipoff CNRS LaBRI, Inria Bordeaux,, David Janin University of Bordeaux
11:45 - 12:35
Arrp: A Functional Language with Multi-dimensional Signals and Recurrence Equations
Jakob Leben University of Victoria
Demo: Klangmeister
Chris Ford ThoughtWorks (UK) Ltd.
14:00 - 14:50
Demo: VoxelCAD, a collaborative voxel-based CAD tool
Csongor Kiss Imperial College London, Toby Shaw Imperial College London
Link to publication
o.OM: Structured-Functional Communication between Computer Music Systems using OSC and Odot
Jean Bresson UMR STMS: IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC, John MacCallum CNMAT - UC Berkeley, Adrian Freed CNMAT - UC Berkeley
19:30 - 21:30
Performance EveningFARM at Live House Beverly Hills Restaurant
Chair(s): Renick Bell
FARM 2016 Performance Evening

Call for Papers and Demos

FARM encourages submissions from across art, craft and design, including textiles, visual art, music, 3D sculpture, animation, GUIs, video games, 3D printing and architectural models, choreography, poetry, and even VLSI layouts, GPU configurations, or mechanical engineering designs. Theoretical foundations, language design, implementation issues, and applications in industry or the arts are all within the scope of the workshop. The language used need not be purely functional (“mostly functional” is fine), and may be manifested as a domain specific language or tool. Moreover, submissions focusing on questions or issues about the use of functional programming are within the scope.


We welcome submissions from academic, professional, and independent programmers and artists.

Submissions are invited in three categories:

Original papers

We solicit original papers in the following categories:

  • original research
  • overview / state of the art
  • technology tutorial

All submissions must propose an original contribution to the FARM theme. FARM 2016 is an interdisciplinary conference, so a wide range of approaches are encouraged. An original paper should have 5 to 12 pages, be in portable document format (PDF), using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines and use the ACM SIGPLAN template. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the FARM 2016 proceedings. See http://authors.acm.org/main.cfm for information on the options available to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit auxiliary material for publication along with their paper (source code, data, videos, images, etc.); authors retain all rights to the auxiliary material.

Demo proposals

Demo proposals should describe a demonstration to be given at the FARM workshop and its context, connecting it with the themes of FARM. A demo could be in the form of a short (10-20 minute) tutorial, presentation of work-in-progress, an exhibition of some work, or even a performance. Demo proposals should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 2000 words. A demo proposal should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Demo Proposal: to the title. Demo proposals will be published on the FARM website. A summary of the demo performances will also be published as part of the conference proceedings, to be prepared by the program chair.

Calls for collaboration

Calls for collaboration should describe a need for technology or expertise related to the FARM theme. Examples may include but are not restricted to:

  • art projects in need of realization
  • existing software or hardware that may benefit from functional programming
  • unfinished projects in need of inspiration

Calls for collaboration should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 5000 words. A call for collaboration should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Call for Collaboration: to the title. Calls for collaboration will be published on the FARM website.