Our apologies for the rather lengthy gap since the last newsletter – which we can only put down to the distraction of preparing for the symposium on 20 November.
The symposium was very successful - it was great to see those of you who were able to come along, and for those who couldn’t, all the sessions were recorded, and Simon is currently editing the videos. The size of the files means that this is quite a time-consuming job, so please bear with us – they are destined for the website, and we’ll let you known as soon as they’re available.
You may have seen that the call for papers for our conference on 24 and 25 October next year has been publicised. You can read it in full on the project website http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/ or the RCM events pages http://www.rcm.ac.uk/research/researchareas/pps/led/callforpapers/ . The deadline for proposals is 12 April – please consider submitting a proposal, or if you simply want to attend, registration will open early in June. More on this in due course.
Conference papers and presentations
On 21 October, Alessandro gave a LED demo at the 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014), Riva del Garda, Italy. This has been published in the conference proceedings at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1272/paper_74.pdf as A. Adamou, M. D’Aquin, H. Barlow, S. Brown, (2014), ‘LED: curated and crowdsourced Linked Data on Music Listening Experiences’.
Helen and Trevor both gave papers at the 13th Conference of the Research Center for Music Iconography, CUNY, New York. The conference commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Trevor’s paper was on ‘Trumpets, drums and the sources for their symbolic authority’; Helen’s paper used material from the database (particularly WWI sources), and was entitled ‘From the band of musick to the concert party: musical entertainment in the British army, c. 1780-1918’. Both will be published in the 2015 edition of the journal Music in Art.
Helen and Simon attended the British Library Labs symposium on 3 November. British Library Labs is an initiative through which the BL works with researchers to find innovative ways to make best use of the Library’s digital collections. Following on from this event, Simon is in touch with the BL Labs project leader to explore the possibility of a joint LED/BL Labs project to mine relevant BL digital material for listening experiences. The keynote lecture ‘Big data and small data in the humanities’ by Professor Tim Hitchcock is very pertinent to our endeavours – if you’re interested, it’s available at http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2014/12/british-...
On 15 November, Simon gave a presentation on LED at the 41st AEC (Association of European Conservatoires) Annual Congress and General Assembly, at The Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. This generated a number of potential contacts with other institutions in Europe, the US and Australia, which Simon is now following up.
From time to time the project team has debated the idea of establishing a scholarly society and/or journal for the study of listening to music. As a way of laying some foundations, we have set up a ‘Listening Experience Network’ site – something slightly detached from the LED project site that might ultimately become the home of a society if LED gains enough international momentum over time. The site is still in its very early stages, and we aim to populate it with news and resources, and to make it a focus for any contacts we develop. We anticipate that it will come more into its own with next year’s conference, but in the meantime, it already exists at http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/LED/ , so please have a look around, send us any suggestions that occur to you (particularly things to add to the resources page), and direct anyone to it who you think might be interested, both in the site and in the broader idea of a scholarly society.
We will both be on leave from 24 December, back in the office on Monday 5 January.
Have a very happy Christmas!
Helen and Simon