Leonardo Music Journal 30, 2020

30 Years of LMJ

Beginning in 2021, we elevate the visibility of music and sound art with yearlong inclusion in Leonardo journal, retiring LMJ as a separate publication after Volume 30, December 2020. Celebrate 30 years of LMJ

Where to Find LMJ

LMJ was an annual journal published by The MIT Press from 1991–2020. Single print issues as well as digital versions are available through The MIT Press website. Individual issues or articles are also available from MIT Press, digital databases such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, Project MUSE and via libraries and institutions around the world.

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Leonardo Music Journal

Announcement: The editors of Leonardo announce that beginning in 2021 we will begin publishing 6 issues of Leonardo annually and elevate the visibility of music and sound art with yearlong inclusion. With this, Leonardo Music Journal has been retired as a separate publication after Volume 30, December 2020. We thank the authors, artists, reviewers and editorial board members who contributed to 30 successful years of LMJ. Please see the Open Call for sound art submissions in Leonardo journal for more information.

Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ), published by The MIT Press, for 30 years was the companion annual journal to Leonardo devoted to aesthetic and technical issues in contemporary music and the sonic arts. Each volume includes the latest offering from the LMJ audio series—an exciting sampling of works chosen by a guest curator and accompanied by notes from the composers and performers.

LMJ features articles written by composers and artists about their own work. It has three main editorial areas: it is particularly concerned with the interplay between new technologies, music and sound art; LMJ seeks to document ways in which contemporary science and technology are changing our understanding of sound and music, as well as other ways in which science and technology may be relevant to contemporary composers and sound artists; finally it seeks to document the work of composers and sound artists developing new multimedia art forms that combine sound with other media, particularly works that take advantage of new multimedia and interactive technologies.

In addition to documenting the work of composers and sound artists, LMJ addresses theoretical and historical issues that are relevant to contemporary sound and music making. Issues in experimental sound work and music that do not utilize contemporary science and technology are also addressed to the extent that they represent important elements in the development of new directions in contemporary music, sound and multimedia arts worldwide.

Past Issues of LMJ