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‘Scores of Scores’: Possibilities and Pitfalls with Musical Corpora

When Jun 19, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge, CB3 0HE
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Organisation Committee:

Mark Gotham, Ian Cross (Faculty of Music)
Michael Simmons (Cambridge Big Data)
Anne Alexander, John Rink (Cambridge Digital Humanities)


Welcome to ‘Scores of Scores’: an event with a difference that combines elements of a conference, workshop, hackathon, and ‘encodathon’.

The unusual format is designed to bring academia, industry, and the public together in order to connect people, promote a lively dialogue, and set the future direction for musical corpus creation and uses.

Everyone is welcome, and the event is free, though spaces are limited and registration is essential.



In advance

A major ‘Encodathon’ is taking place to ‘liberate’ a new corpus of Romantic Songs for release on OpenScore through their CC0 license. For more details see:


Monday 18th June

Afternoon Informal meet up for those already in town.  A chance to discuss initial hackathon ideas.  The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge, CB3 0HE

Reception, Lieder Recital, and Formal release of the corpus. Fellows’ Drawing Room at Murray Edwards College 18:00 - 19:00.  Admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday 19th June

09:30 Registration
10:00 Introduction, welcome and hackathon pitches
10:30 Student Presentations


(rooms available)



Workshop - Demonstration 1:

Tim Crawford


Workshop - Demonstration 2:

Kevin Page and David Lewis

12:30 Lunch and Poster Session
14:00 Matthias Röder
15:00 Leigh Van Handel
16:00 Afternoon Tea and Coffee
16:30 Michael Scott Cuthbert

Launch of 'Cut Outs'

Hackathon Presentations

Final Reception


Further Information on the format of the event.



Prof Tim Crawford (Goldsmiths University of London)

Dr Kevin Page (Oxford e-Research Centre)

David Lewis (Oxford e-Research Centre)

Prof Leigh VanHandel (Michigan State University College of Music)

Michael Scott Cuthbert (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Dr Mark Gotham (Faculty of Music)

Dr Matthias Röder (Karajan Institute)


Speaker Biographies



There is no registration fee to attend this event, however, registration before the deadline is ESSENTIAL.

Please Register HERE before Sunday 27th May 2018.



This event is jointly organised by the Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network and the Faculty of Music with support from the Isaac Newton Trust.



Cambridge Big Data 

Cambridge Digital Humanities Network


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