Contributor Newsletter 12

LED conference 24 and 25 October
The conference is fast approaching. You’ll find the programme on the website at , and the abstracts will go up on the website in the next week.

If you know of any OU or RCM postgraduates who plan to attend, we’re offering a limited number of bursaries (fee waiver only), so please encourage them to apply for one by emailing us at by 9 October (first come, first served).

Please also encourage anyone else you think would be interested in attending – registrations have been slow over the summer, so it would be great if you were able to round up more support. The deadline for the early-bird rate is 2 October, and the final deadline is 4pm on 16 October. Direct people to the LED website for details.

Technical update
Our technical colleagues in KMi have implemented a change to the way the gatekeeping table is viewed; this is now managed on the LED server, as opposed to the client PC. The intention is that this will standardise performance of the database across everyone’s machine. At the moment this is only relevant to anyone engaged in editing and approving submissions, but a future upgrade will roll it out across the public tables in the browse facility.

We’re implementing a controlled vocabulary list for the music genre field. After reviewing how this field has been used, it became clear that a more structured set of options were necessary if this is to be of any use to the end user of LED. Multiple values will still be allowed (i.e. ‘Jazz’ and ‘Rock’), but inputters will have to select from a predefined set of options. A similar update will be introduced for the ‘instrument’ field.

The socio-economic status field is also being amended. We have been using the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO88), but it has proved very difficult for inputters to know what to select. We have now opted for a simpler list, using the demographic classification adapted from the UK National Readership Survey.

The citation convention (provided on each individual listening experience record page) will undergo a slight modification. There is an inherent problem with getting people to cite online sources (such as LED), as people often choose to cite the original source. Therefore, we have tried to make the citation method as simple and easy for users as is practically possible.

Future updates will include topic mining, a geo-browser and some data rendering, in addition to the ability to delete draft entries.

We now have over 6,800 submissions, and the inputters are still hard at work. We also have a number of ‘gatekeepers’ helping us approve and upload entries.

Publicity, networking and outputs
The co-authored paper that Simon gave at the Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, in Vancouver, has been accepted for publication. This will be published in The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review for 2015.

Calls for papers, study days, etc.
On 16 October 2015, as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival, our colleagues in the Open University Literature and Music Research Group are organizing a STUDY DAY: WORDS INTO MUSIC: POETS, COMPOSERS & SONGS, in association with the Faculties of Modern Languages and of Music at Oxford University and Wadham College. It takes place in the Okinaga Room, Wadham College, Oxford. More information at

The CfP is still open for ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC (AHEM), 15-16 April 2015, the Science Museum Research Centre, London. More information at
Deadline: 31 October 2015.

While the CfP has closed, you can now register for the 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

If you’re based in or near London, you may be interested in attending some of the weekly Wednesday afternoon colloquia organised by the Music Department at King's College London, which begin again on 23 September. The events are free and everyone is welcome. More details, including the programme for the year, at:

Helen and Simon