Earth in Vision: Communicating Research and Engaging Publics through Multimedia eBooks

8th June 2016
11.00 – 14.00 (12.00 – Lunch will be served)
Library Presentation Room, The Open University

The AHRC-funded Earth in Vision project is based in the Department of Geography at the Open University and has been working with archives of environment-themed BBC broadcast content from over 7 decades in order to path find what a gold standard digital broadcast archive (DBA) might be, and to write new environmental histories with broadcasting written into the script.

The Academic Book Of The Future: The Changing Face Of Humanities Research

By Helen Barlow and Simon Brown
This is the first of several blog posts inspired by Academic Book Week. In this post, we discuss some of the issues the LED project team has encountered in doing research with a digital humanities approach. We think there are significant knock-on effects for academic publishing and how we choose to publish our outputs – a theme which will be picked up in subsequent posts.

Listening to music: people, practices and experiences

24-25 October 2015, the Royal College of Music, London, UK
The conference is held as part of the Listening Experience Database (LED) Project
The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Frith.
How have people responded to listening to music in their everyday lives?
We have access to plenty of professional critical opinion, but what new insights are offered by an examination of the observations and feelings of ordinary listeners – what can we learn about the effects of music, its cultural value and the manner of its consumption in a range of social, historical and geographical contexts?

RMA Study Day: Listening to the Listener: Contemporary Perceptions of Classical Music

16th November 2015, Sheffield University Humanities Research Institute
Keynote Speakers
Professor John Sloboda and Dr. Karen Wise, Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
The relevance of classical music today is in question. In the UK and US, it has been shown to consistently attract audiences who are predominantly white, middle-aged, middle-class and well-educated, struggling to draw new, younger and ethnically diverse attenders (Chan et al. 2008, League of American Orchestras 2009). Amongst these non-attenders, classical music is often perceived as stuffy and elitist, out of touch with an increasingly pluralist society. In order to attract new audiences, many organisations have tried alternative means of presentation, for example through informal concerts formats or use of digital technology. Any new ventures are however tempered by the current economic climate, with cuts to arts funding and reduced disposable income affecting the willingness to take risks of arts organisations and attenders alike.

Numbers, Noises and Notes: Quantitative Data and Music Research Symposium

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 from 10:00 to 18:00 (BST)
Falmer, United Kingdom

This one-day symposium is the culmination of an AHRC Collaborative Skills Project on Quantitative Data for Music Researchers run by the University of Sussex, in partnership with the Institute for Musical Research at The University of London School of Advanced Studies. The project featured a series of workshops, hosted at the IMR, covering a broad range of topics around the use of quantitative data in music research, creative practice and composition. These workshops were led by Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths), Joel Ryan (Sonology, The Hague/STEIM), and Stephen Rose (Royal Holloway) covering topics including: music and the brain, music as data, quantitative music analysis, data analysis tools, data visualization, audience analysis, time/space in performance, performance technologies, data sonification, big data and music history, text-mining, digitization and the archive/library.

Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

From Digital Humanities to a Humanities of the Digital – Special Focus

University of British Columbia
Vancouver Campus, Vancouver, Canada
17-19 June 2015

I’ll be presenting a paper at the above conference titled, ‘The Listening Experience Database Project: Collating the Responses of the “Ordinary Listener” to Prompt New Insights into Musical Experience’, co-authored by: Dr. Helen Barlow, Dr. Alessandro Adamou, Dr. Mathieu d’Aquin.

Listening Cinematically: a two-day interdisciplinary conference

25-26 June 2015, Royal Holloway, University of London
A two-day interdisciplinary conference supported by the British Academy and the Royal Holloway Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC)
It has long been suggested that films have changed the way we listen, but cinema’s contribution to broader cultures of listening has only recently started to receive serious academic attention. This two-day conference aims to bring together scholars who are working on listener-centred accounts of the cinema and on the relationship between listening practices inside and outside the movie theatre.

Digital Conversations @ British Library: Digital Music Analysis

Prof. David Rowland (The Open University) and I have been invited to speak at the next Digital Conversations event at the British Library. The event provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of current ideas and existing projects in the field of digital music research. It will give participants the opportunity to share their ideas, experiences and opinions about the application of digital technology in musicological and performance research.