Listening Experience Database (LED) Conference Volumes
These peer-reviewed collections have been edited by David Rowland and Helen Barlow, and prepared for online publication by the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of The Open University. They have been Open Access funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The essays in this volume started life as papers given at the first Listening Experience Database (LED) conference, held at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2015. They illustrate a wide spectrum of interests in the study of listening, including historical, musicological, ethnomusicological and sociological perspectives, and a range of cultures, repertoires and listening contexts, from North India to the British fairground, devotional music to pop, and orchestral performances in 'semi-colonial' Shanghai to digital music use.
The second LED conference, held at The Open University, Milton Keynes, in 2018, again set out to reach beyond the historical focus of the LED project, to the wider range of interests and methodologies that have emerged in listening studies. The essays in this collection address topics including the listening experiences of audiences and individuals both historical and contemporary, and the nature and challenges of the evidence that we study for listening experiences, such as letters and diaries, oral history and interviews, and social media.