Research Associate | RCM, London

About

Hi, I’d like to welcome you to my site and tell you a little bit about myself.

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I joined the Royal College of Music in 2013 as a Research Associate on the Listening Experience Database project. I’m currently an Honorary Associate with the Music Department at The Open University and an Associate Lecturer, teaching their music courses in both the East & West Midlands. I’m also an Associate Editor for the current volume of The International Journal of the Book.

I read Music at The University of Nottingham where I studied composition with Nicholas Sackman. Prior to this, I’d been awarded the Nellie Greenhill Memorial Prize by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and in May 2008, I won the Bernard Slee Music Award. I was then fortunate enough to receive a joint scholarship by The Society for Music Analysis together with The University of Nottingham that enabled me to gain a Master’s Degree in 2009. Having been granted a 3-year doctoral award from the Arts & Humanities Research Council in England, I’m currently studying for a PhD in Music at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Over the last decade or so, I’ve performed across much of the UK in addition to southern Ireland & Germany. My involvements have included studio, television and orchestral work. Having performed double bass with the COMA Ensemble and the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, I now regularly play bass on various recording sessions and with several bands whilst teaching piano & music theory.

Click here to view my current repertoire on bass.

Projects

• The Listening Experience Database Project
• The Listening Experience Network
• The Online Edition of Britten’s Performance Annotations

Publications

• Brown, S., Barlow, H., Adamou, A., D’Aquin, M. (2015), ‘The Listening Experience Database Project: Collating the Responses of the “Ordinary Listener” to Prompt New Insights into Musical Experience’, The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 13, pp.17-32. Available at: http://ijhar.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.281/prod.30
• Brown, S. (2015), ‘Research Stories: Discovering Britten’s Mozart Cadenzas’, A874 MA in Music. Milton Keynes, The Open University, [Online]. Available at: https://learn2.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=696536
• Brown, S. (2014), ‘Listening Experience’, The Journal of the British Universities Film and Video Council, Vol 95, pp. 6-7. Available at: http://bufvc.ac.uk/articles/the-listening-experience
• Adamou, A., D’Aquin, M., Barlow, H., Brown, S. (2014), ‘LED: curated and crowdsourced Linked Data on Music Listening Experiences’, Proceedings of the 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014), Riva del Garda, Italy, 21 October 2014. Available at: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1272/paper_74.pdf
• Brown, S., Adamou, A., Barlow, H., D’Aquin, M. (2014), ‘Building listening experience Linked Data through crowd-sourcing and reuse of library data’, Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, City University, London, 12 September 2014, ACM [Online]. Available at: doi>10.1145/2660168.2660172
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Brown, S. (2014), Sibelius First 7 material for the module: A224 Inside Music, Milton Keynes, The Open University, [Online]. Available at: http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/modules/a224.

Conference Papers

• Brown, S. ‘The listening experiences of rank and file orchestral players in the English Chamber Orchestra’, paper presented at ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 12 January 2016.
• Brown, S. ‘A listening boy’: a case study of the young Benjamin Britten, 1928-1938′, paper presented at Listening to music: people, practices and experiences, Royal College of Music, London, 24 October 2015.
• Brown, S., Barlow, H., Adamou, A., D’Aquin, M. ‘The Listening Experience Database Project: Collating the Responses of the “Ordinary Listener” to Prompt New Insights into Musical Experience’, paper presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 18 June 2015.
• Benatti, F., Brown, S., King, D. ‘Getting Experienced’, paper presented at The Humanities and Technology Camp, British Library, London, 13 February 2015.
• Brown, S. ‘The Listening Experience Database: Progress Report’, paper presented at The Listening Experience Database Symposium, Royal College of Music, London, 20 November 2014.
• Brown, S. ‘Getting Involved in The Listening Experience Database Project’, paper presented at the 41st AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly, The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, 15 November 2014.
• Brown, S., Adamou, A., Barlow, H., D’Aquin, M. ‘Building listening experience Linked Data through crowd-sourcing and reuse of library data’, paper presented at the 1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, ACM/IEEE Digital Libraries Conference, City University, London, 12 September 2014
• Brown, S. ‘Listening to Britten’, paper presented at the The Listening Experience Database Symposium, Royal College of Music, London, 17 December 2013.
• Brown, S. ‘A Study of Britten’s Annotations in Mozart’s Orchestral Works’’, paper presented at the Royal Musical Association Postgraduate Research Conference, The University of Manchester, Manchester, 14 January 2011.

Invited Talks

• Brown, S., interview on the Listening Experience Database project for ‘Mission Impossible’, ICRadio, Imperial College, London, 24 June 2015.
• Brown, S., Rowland, D. ‘Digital Conversations @ British Library: Digital Music Analysis’, British Library, London, 21 May 2015.
• Brown, S. ‘A Performer’s Guide to the Digital Humanities’, Royal College of Music, London, 14 May 2015.
• Brown, S., Hewett, I., Lisboa, T., Pearson, I. ‘The Listening Experience Database Project’, The Grove Forum, Royal College of Music, London, 9 October 2014.
• Brown, S., Hewett, I. ‘The Listening Experience Database Project’, Cheltenham Music Festival, 11 July 2014.
• Barlow, H., Brown, S., Rowland, D. ‘Digital Humanities in Practice seminars’, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, 3 April 2014
• Brown, S. Roundtable at the Digital Music Lab 1st Workshop on Analysing Big Music Data, City University, London 19 March 2014
• Brown, S. ‘Britten The Performer: A Study Day on Benjamin Britten’, The Voicebox, Derby, 26 October 2013

Poster Presentations

• Barlow, H., Brown, S. ‘The Listening Experience Database Project’, Pioneer Alumni Event, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 12 June 2015
• Adamou, A., D’Aquin, M., Barlow, H., Brown, S. ‘LED: curated and crowdsourced Linked Data on Music Listening Experiences’, 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014), Riva del Garda, Italy, 21 October 2014
• Barlow, H., Brown, S. ‘The Listening Experience Database Project’, Pioneer Alumni Event, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 3 October 2014

Recordings

• Away With Melancholy, The Natural Yogurt Band, Jazzman Records, 2008, JMANCD 021

Teaching

• MMus in Performance, Critical Portfolio (Royal College of Music) May 2015
• MA in Music (The Open University) September 2014 – Present
• Inside Music (The Open University) September 2011 – Present
• The Technology of Music (The Open University) January 2011 – June 2015
• BMus (Honours) Music, Year 2 Case Studies (Birmingham Conservatoire) September 2010 – July 2011