An update is scheduled in the next couple of weeks. It will include numerous enhancements but the main difference that you are likely to see is on the entry form. Our colleagues at KMi have been working on improving the way search results appear when you begin to type information on the entry form. The improvements will return more detail so that it should be easier to determine which is the correct value to select. This will be applied to fields such as the source, music title, listener alternate name or surname, the location fields and listener nationality. Due to the format of the external dataset that we intend to draw on for the nationality, this will be renamed ‘Country of origin’. As always, we hope these improvements will help make the process smoother and more reliable but we always welcome your feedback. So, please get in touch if you have any observations (good or bad!).
We now have over 3,500 entries in the database. Many thanks to all of those who are helping us reach our target of 10,000 entries by autumn this year. If any of you haven’t had a chance to enter anything recently we would love to hear from you. If you would like to be involved but don’t have any source material to enter, we can provide this for you. Similarly, if you don’t have time to enter listening experiences but you know of a good source that we could use, please let us know. We have a list of sources that we supply to people but we’re always on the look out for more.
We’re exploring the possibility of holding another study day for contributors at the RCM in July. The last one that we held in January proved to be very popular with those that could make it, so we hope to run a similar event, both for those that would like to come along again and for those of you who couldn’t make it last time. We’ll be sending out further details over the coming weeks.
Publicity and networking
David and Simon have been invited to speak at the next Digital Conversations event at the British Library on 21 May. The event provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of current ideas and existing projects in the field of digital music research. It will give participants the opportunity to share their ideas, experiences and opinions about the application of digital technology in musicological and performance research. For more information and to register to attend, go to http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/node/102/
Here are a couple of listening-related events that may interest you:
Registration is open for ‘Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul’, International Research Symposium, 5 June 2015, 9.30am-6.30pm at Warwick University. The symposium aims ‘to track and to interrogate the nature, life span, and eventual radical transformation and/or demise of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance conceptions of the belief in music's deep connections with human life.’ To see the programme and register, go to:
Registration is also open for 'Listening Cinematically', an interdisciplinary conference held at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 25-26 June 2015. It aims to explore the nature of cinematic listening and the relationship between listening practices inside and outside the movie theatre. For a full schedule and a link to registration, see the conference website:
Helen and Simon