Ours is a new method, but scarcely a new theme. In Book Nine of his Confessions Saint Augustine has some interesting things to say about the effects of listening in the fifth century CE, especially to the Psalms. For present purposes I want to focus on the late Victorian age.
Welcome to the latest newsletter from The Listening Experience Database
Publication of LED Linked Open Data
We're excited to announce that our colleagues at the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University have just published all the data held in the Listening Experience Database.
S. Brown, A. Adamou, H. Barlow, M. D’Aquin, ‘Building listening experience Linked Data through crowd-sourcing and reuse of library data’, 1st International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2014), ACM/IEEE Digital Libraries conference, City University, London, 12 September 2014.
After its first round of contributions from the LED community, the Listening Experience Database is now making itself heard in academic research communities on groundbreaking study fields in digital information!
“If music be the food of love, play on...”. Ever since the first actor to play Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night lounged on stage and addressed these lines to the in-house lutenist, the connect between musical performance and the erotic system has been well recognized. Orsino is comically deluded, his devotion to the sable-clad local beauty Lady Olivia as exaggerated and obsessive as her grief for a deceased brother. Yet most of us, at one time or another, have employed the seductions of music, live or recorded, to elicit the favour - even the love - of a desired person.
There are a number of updates to report:
Here at LED we’re used to gleaning our ‘musical experiences’ in modest numbers, wherever we can find them; a diary entry here, a letter there. However one recently discovered source promises to yield ‘experiences’ in fairly big numbers. This is the Great Diary Project, now housed at the Bishopsgate Institute.
We have reached a small milestone by breaking the 1,000 submissions barrier! There’s a bit of work yet to do to approve them all and get them into the database, but well done and thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far. We say a small milestone, because our target by the end of 2015 is ten times that – time to press on with the next 1,000!
Trevor Herbert gave a paper on ‘The military and provincial music in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries’ at the RMA and Leeds University Centre for English Music Study Day ‘Amateur Music-Making in the British Provinces’ at University of Leeds, School of Music, on 18 June 2014
Submissions to the database
Many thanks to those of you who were busy entering data over Easter! We’re still rather a long way from hitting our weekly target though (ideally, we want more than 100 a week, and at the moment we’re getting only about half of that), so please – if you have the time, roll your sleeves up and get as many entries in as you can.