LED Conferences

The experience of listening to music: methodologies, identities, histories. 6-7 March 2018

“The experience of listening to music: methodologies, identities, histories”
6-7 March 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Following on from our inaugural conference in 2015, the Listening Experience Database project team is pleased to announce that registration is open for the second project conference.

The Listening Experience Database (LED) Project www.open.ac.uk/Arts/LED is detecting evidence of personal experiences of listening to music, and gathering them in a database with the aim of establishing an evidential base for the exploration of the way music has impacted on people in the past.

The impact of music on individuals has been studied in different ways by psychologists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, social scientists, social and cultural historians and musicologists, and this conference aims to bring together several of these perspectives and methodologies.

Our keynote speakers are Professor Stephanie Pitts and Professor Dave Russell.

To register, please go to: Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-listening-experience-database-project-conference-2018-tickets-41205927037?aff=es2)

The early-bird registration fees are as follows:

The early-bird day rate is £25 (£20 concessions for students, unwaged, retired), to include tea/coffee and lunch.
The early-bird full conference rate is £45 (£40 concessions for students, unwaged, retired), to include tea/coffee and lunch.

After 31 January 2018, the registration fees will be increased to:

£30 full day rate, £25 reduced
£55 full conference rate, £45 reduced

The Tuesday evening conference meal is included in the fee – please email FASS-ACEM-Music@open.ac.uk to request the vegetarian option, and with any other dietary requirements.

Please feel free to address any queries to the conference organisers, Helen Barlow and Simon Brown, at FASS-listening-experience@open.ac.uk

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Listening to music: people, practices and experiences

Listening to music: people, practices and experiences

24-25 October 2015, the Royal College of Music, London, UK

The conference was held as part of the Listening Experience Database (LED) Project www.open.ac.uk/Arts/LED

The keynote speaker was 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 unsolicited 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?

The LED (Listening Experience Database) Project focuses on the building and interrogation of a large database of personal listening experiences, with the aim of establishing a more robust evidential base for the exploration of such questions.

As we came to the end of the first phase of the project, the conference was an opportunity to take stock of progress to date, to look ahead to future developments, and – crucially – to examine some of the themes and approaches to the study of music that may be supported by the mass of evidence of listening experiences that the database is accumulating.

Proposals were invited for papers of up to 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion), and panels or roundtables of up to 60 minutes.

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