The Listening Experience Database project conference 2018

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

The Listening Experience Database project team is pleased to announce that registration is open for our second project conference.

The Listening Experience Database (LED) Project , which is a collaboration between the OU Music Department, KMi, the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Music, is gathering evidence of personal experiences of listening to music 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 some of these perspectives and methodologies.

Our keynote speakers are Professor Dave Russell, who will speak on ‘Live music and popular listening cultures, c.1850-1960’, and Professor Stephanie Pitts (University of Sheffield), who will speak on ‘Understanding audiences: what are concert-goers doing when they listen?’.

OU research students can apply for a conference fee waiver (12 of these are available on a first-come-first-served basis) by emailing Helen Barlow and Simon Brown at by 15 January, stating your institutional affiliation, the degree for which you are registered and your thesis title.

The conference website, which contains a link to the Eventbrite booking site, the draft programme and information about accommodation in Milton Keynes, can be found at

Early bird conference rates are available until 31 January.

Please feel free to address any queries to  Helen and Simon at

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