Here's the latest newsletter from the Listening Experience Database project.
LED1 conference proceedings
Preparation of the proceedings of last year’s conference ‘Listening to music: people, practices and experiences’ continues to progress well. The chapters are now with a copy editor, and we are aiming for publication in a freely accessible online format around Easter 2017.
The second project conference is planned for 2017/18, and we’ll have more information for you in the New Year.
LED phase 2
It’s a while since we’ve sent a newsletter round, but for those of you who don’t already know, we’re delighted to say that we did indeed get a second grant (for a period of a further three years), and work has now started on the second phase of LED.
The new project takes a more specific historical and cultural focus: its title is ‘Listening and British cultures: listeners’ responses to music in Britain, c. 1700-2018’. However, LED itself is still open to listening experiences from any period, culture, musical genre or country, so please don’t feel that you have to limit your contributions to the scope of the new project. That said, we are also keen to be pointed in the direction of sources and collections that may be particularly relevant to our British focus.
As announced last week, there is a database update that affects both the data and their presentation on this site. Thank you for bearing with us during the scheduled downtime of Friday morning.
Here is the changelog:
A message from LED’s Principal Investigator, Prof. David Rowland
We are very nearly at the end of the first, funded stage of the Listening Experience Database project. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to it, especially the members of the Project Team, who have seen it through from its beginnings at the start of 2013 until now. A great deal has been achieved. We are not far short of our target 10,000 entries into the database – within the first couple of months of the new year we should achieve the total and we will probably exceed it, given the inputter and approval contracts that are lined up. We had an immensely successful conference, with participants from many parts of the world, following our two earlier symposia. The conference enabled us to make contact with several other scholars working in related areas and a new listening network site is being launched. We also have two volumes that will be published in 2016 using innovative open-access publishing processes. So the project has already made a significant impact on the study of listening.
LED conference 24 and 25 October
The conference is fast approaching. You’ll find the programme on the website at http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/node/106/ , 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.