Purcell Plus Survey Series

Use of computer technology by musicologists and musicians

Completion of the current survey phase

As of 31st May 2011, this survey form about the use of computer technology is no longer taking responses having already captured a useful survey sample for the research PurcellPlus is undertaking. Our thanks to all those who have already contributed.

The survey form can still be viewed, but there is no longer a means of submitting responses. If you would like to contact Purcell Plus, either to find our more about the analysis of the results or to comment, please follow the links to the Purcell Plus here or within the survey form.

Musicology is changing

Advances in technology are opening up new areas of musical practice to potential scrutiny such as analysis of performance through recorded music and new tools for querying it. Application of software to analytical tasks dealing with music is making possible a kind of objectivity that hasn't been available to music scholarship in the past. Current theoretical advances are even formalising the notion of musical and musicological practice and may potentially complement human agents in future models of practice, for example software that can make judgements of musical similarity or that can improvise with a human performer. In parallel the social Web and scientific methods are bringing about changes in scholarly practice and publication with collaborative research becoming more commonplace in humanities disciplines.

How will these changes effect your own practice?

Purcell Plus is an AHRC/EPSRC/JISC funded project under the e-Science in the Arts and Humanities Initiative which is investigating the impact of technology on music. Part of the project involves eliciting opinions from the community of musical practice and scholarship on uses of technology. Please take a moment to answer our initial brief survey to provide some benchmarking and a measure of the vigour of the debate.