Contributor Newsletter 3

1,000 entries!
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!

Technical updates
Alessandro is quietly implementing improvements to the data entry form, at the same time as working on two other major areas: a more advanced gatekeeping tool that will allow the two of us as editors to reconcile duplication of data; and a much more sophisticated search facility than we currently have. The latter is currently being tested; the former has been implemented, and we’ll be starting to use it to tidy up the data over the next few weeks.

If you’ve looked at the data entry form recently, you’ll have noticed a few small but interesting changes – for example:

Buttons for 'both' in the performance & listening environments – this means that we can better capture those awkward experiences such as the ones that move from one listening environment to another (a procession from indoors to outdoors, perhaps), or where an experience starts as a solitary one but other listeners arrive part-way through.

A ‘duration’ field has been added – so if you know that a listening experience lasted for, say, two minutes, or an hour, or indeed, continuously for several days (unlikely, but not impossible!), you can record it. (The existing ‘range’ tick box should be used when you have an approximate date – that is, an experience that happened some time between 4 and 10 July, for example.)

LED publicity
If you missed Trevor Herbert talking about the project on Radio 3’s Music Matters last Saturday, you can catch up with it here:

Remember – you can help spread the word about LED by keeping in touch with us via Facebook & Twitter – give us a 'like' or 'share' us with your friends and colleagues.

And can you recommend anyone to join us – whether an individual, a group of people or a society/institution? Please let us know if you have any ideas about who we should make contact with, and anyone who might be interested in becoming a LED contributor.

We’re always keen to get your feedback - what would you like to see more (or less) of, either on the site or the submission form, or in terms of communication from us?

We're also compiling a list of sources for others to work on - do you know of any that you could recommend?

Keep in touch and tell us what you're working on (it doesn't have to be LED-related!).

Up-coming events
Here are some dates for your diary, if you happen to be within travelling distance:

Cheltenham Music Festival
Talk: The Listening Experience Database
Friday 11 July 2014
Time: 10:00am-10:45am
Venue: Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham. GL52 3JE
Directions & Booking Information:

Simon and Ivan Hewett (Chief Music Critic of the Daily Telegraph and LED project team member) will be discussing the nature and aims of the project, what it has already uncovered about people’s encounters with music in their everyday lives, and how it will capture the everyday listening experiences that the critics miss.

The Grove Forum
Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 5.15pm
Venue: East Parry Room, Royal College of Music, London

Members of the LED project team based at the RCM will give an overview of the project, including some of the challenges that we've faced. They will also highlight the variety of evidence that has been found so far and, most importantly, provide details of how you can get involved.

The Grove Forum is the RCM's public lecture series, consisting of presentations and lecture recitals given by distinguished visitors to the College as well as RCM staff and postgraduate students. These events aim to provide a platform for discussion and lively debate on a wide range of musical issues. All Grove Forum events are free to attend, but a ticket is required. These can be obtained on the day from RCM Box Office staff, or booked in advance.

2014 LED Symposium
Thursday 20 November 2014
Royal College of Music, London

We’ll be publishing the programme and registration information for this later in the summer, but if you want to pencil in the date, we would love to see you there. It’s a day-long event which will give you the opportunity to meet and talk to the project team, listen to papers on their research and hear about progress as we approach the end of the second year of the project.

NB: Helen will be on leave the weeks beginning 7 and 14 July. Simon will be working as normal.

Helen and Simon