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Appendix A
SNA and Quantitative Methods:
Further Methodology
This Appendix accompanies Chapter 4, providing a more complete methodology for
the quantitative data collection used for this study, and detailing the contents of each
database used in generating the results presented in Chapter 5.
Concerts, Bands, Sets and Venues
The first SPSS spreadsheet, which represents bands (or sets from each concert), and used
the website archive as a source,1 recorded the following variables:
– Concert date
– Number of bands or sets
– Venue name
– List of participants
Musicians and venues were referenced by the line number assigned to them in the second
and third database files detailed below, and the band/set was chosen as the unit of
analysis in order to identify musicians who played together - not just those who might
(or might not) have been socially connected by each event (this is of course less clear
from the available data).
Concerts of large ensembles (over 12 people) were omitted, as were lectures, entirely
composed music, installations and sound art (such as the Ohrenhoch series). This data
does not account for collaborations and social connections that took place in private
‘sessions’, house concerts, or for concerts taking place outside of Berlin.
Undoubtably some performances will not have been included on the website, but in my experience
the Echtzeitmusik site is widely acknowledged as being fairly exhaustive.