Early Recordings: Methodologies in Research and Practice

Institute of Music Research – Senate House, London, 10th June 2020

In June 2019, the conference Early Recordings: Past Performing Practices in Contemporary Research, held at Pushkin House in London, confirmed that research into early recordings as documents of performance practice is thriving internationally, with junior and more established scholars engaging in innovative work using a wide range of repertoires and approaches. The conference also highlighted the need for increased open, critical discussion of the methodologies in use: from further development of the computational methods pioneered in the 2000s, to an explosion of practice-led research at the hands of performers and composers, to cultural and contextual studies that highlight the sometimes hazaphard, experimental nature of the early recording industry. This second conference, Early Recordings: Methodologies in Research and Practice, aims to provide a forum to continue discussion and debate, with a particular focus on methodologies.

Early Recordings: Methodologies in Research and Practice shall take place on 10th June 2020 at the Institute of Music Research – Senate House in London. We invite scholars and performers interested in any aspect of early recordings (pre-1945) as documents of performance practice to submit 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to both Dr Inja Stanovic (I.Stanovic@hud.ac.uk) and Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez (Eva.MoredaRodriguez@glasgow.ac.uk) by 31st January 2020. While papers might focus on specific repertoires and contexts, participants are encouraged to include reflection and discussion of the methodologies employed. Standard audio-visual equipment will be provided; if you need any other equipment, please give details in your abstract. We regret that we will not be able to provide a piano.

The organizers are grateful to the Institute of Music Research, as well as to the University of Huddersfield and the University of Glasgow.

Early Recordings: Past Performing Practices in Contemporary Research

Pushkin House, London, 22nd June 2019

The last few years have seen groundbreaking developments in the study of early recordings (acoustic, piano roll, and electric) as documents of performance practice; these include, among others, the introduction of quantitative research methods, the digitization of neglected sound collections and a broadening of the range of repertoires under consideration. This one-day conference will provide a forum for the discussion of these recent developments, addressing the use of early recordings in both musicological research and creative practice, while seeking to connect researchers and performers through critical and reflective debate.

Early Recordings: Past Performing Practices in Contemporary Research shall take place on 22nd June 2019 at the Pushkin House in London. We invite scholars and performers interested in any aspect of early recordings (pre-1945) as documents of performance practice to submit abstracts 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and 45-minute lecture-recitals by Friday 21st December 2018 to both Dr Inja Stanovic (i.stanovic@hud.ac.uk) and Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez (Eva.MoredaRodriguez@glasgow.ac.uk). Standard audio-visual equipment and a grand piano will be available; if you need any other equipment, please give details in your abstract.

The organizers are grateful to the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the financial help provided, as well as to the University of Huddersfield and the University of Glasgow.