Contributor Newsletter 11

With apologies for the gap since the last one, here is the latest newsletter.

LED conference

Registration is now open for our conference in October. The conference programme is full of interesting papers – take a look at it on the website at . We are waiting for one or two final abstracts, but these should also be available on the website soon. Please do come if you can – we would love to see you there. You can register for a single day or the whole weekend.

Technical update

Our KMi colleagues notified us of a major update earlier this month – if you missed the announcement, the change log can be viewed on the website at . Subsequently there are a few further updates to report:
• The mini-map now uses MapQuest instead of OpenStreetMap, which looks a lot more visually appealing. (Note that the basic map is still the modern one, with contemporary cities and roads.)
• There is a new DBpedia search index, which will boost search results and images.
• You may have noticed from time to time that place names in the location field would change to Cyrillic script once submitted – this should now have been prevented from happening.
• The preview page for submitted experiences now uses a template similar to approved ones.
• All the old nationality values have been refactored into countries of citizenship.
• A few bug fixes have also been implemented.


We now have over six thousand entries in the database! However, we are very top-heavy on 19th-century sources. It would be great to try to rebalance this with some earlier and later material – so if you have any recommendations, please get in touch with Helen and Simon.

Publicity, networking and outputs

David and Simon took part in a Digital Conversations event at the British Library on 21 May. These events provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of current ideas and existing projects in the field of digital music research, and give participants the opportunity to share their ideas, experiences and opinions about the application of digital technology in musicological and performance research.

Simon gave a paper on LED at the Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver on 18 June. This has been submitted for peer review and possible publication in The Humanities Collection.

Helen gave a paper on her Lady Llanover and Baroness Bunsen research at the Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain conference at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, on 8 July. The paper was called ‘Writing spiritual and cultural identity through musical experience: the case of the Waddington sisters’.

Calls for papers

Here are some CfPs that may be of interest:

RMA STUDY DAY: LISTENING TO THE LISTENER: CONTEMPORARY PERCEPTIONS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, 16 November 2015, Sheffield University Humanities Research Institute. Keynote Speakers: Professor John Sloboda and Dr Karen Wise (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). More information at
Papers from research students are especially welcome.
Deadline: 4 September 2015.

MUSIC ON THE MOVE: SOUNDS AND NEW MOBILITIES, 8 December 2015, Paris. Organised by Centre de Recherche sur les Arts et le Langage/L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Socials (CRAL/EHESS), and the University of Cambridge. Keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Bull (University of Sussex). More information at
Deadline: 15 September 2015.

ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC (AHEM), 15-16 April 2015, the Science Museum Research Centre, London. Invited speakers will include: Sarah Angliss, Georgina Born, Simon Emmerson, Leigh Landy, Trevor Pinch. More information at
Deadline: 31 October 2015.

Registration open

You can now register for:

THE MUSIC PROFESSION IN BRITAIN 1780-1920: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON STATUS AND IDENTITY, 14 September 2015, The Open University in London, Camden.
Registration is free – please send your name, institutional affiliation and details of any dietary requirements to by 5pm on Thursday 27 August.
More information at

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MUSIC SINCE 1900, 7-9 September 2015, at the University of Glasgow. Professor Georgina Born (University of Oxford) will deliver a keynote lecture on 'Music: Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, and the Digital Humanities', and composer Jocelyn Pook will participate in a 'Masterclass' discussion chaired by David Code (Reader in Music, SCCA), on her substantial portfolio of music for feature films. More information at

Helen and Simon