An introduction to music research
An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research

2 Music and the digital humanities

The term ‘digital humanities’ means the use of computing for creating and processing data for research and dissemination in the humanities, an area which is growing and developing at incredible speed, transforming the field of music research. This section explores a number of digital projects centred on music, including the Open University’s own Listening Experience Database, and some of the new methodologies such resources demand.

An important point about these projects is that, while they use digital humanities tools for analysis and dissemination, their activities are not restricted to a virtual environment. On the contrary, they run seminars, conferences and performances.

Activity 5

Take some time to look at some of the major institutional projects that have used digital humanities techniques. Abstracts and links to them can be found on the Digging into Data Challenge, List of Data Repositories [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] web page.

How many of these do you think might be useful for the areas of music research that interest you?

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