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Professor Martin Clayton

Professor of Ethnomusicology


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Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music  

Biography

Martin Clayton is Professor in Ethnomusicology in Durham University. He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where he obtained degrees in Music and Hindi (BA, 1988) and Ethnomusicology (PhD, 1993). His research interests include Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, rhythmic analysis, musical entrainment and embodiment, comparative musicology and early field recordings, British-Asian music and Western music in India. He previously worked at the Open University, and has taught a wide range of ethnomusicological courses at numerous other UK universities, besides contributing to OU teaching materials, and worked as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. 

Professor Clayton leads a strand of the EU-funded project EnTimeMent. He directed a major research project, 'Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, 2016-18), and previously directed the 'Experience and meaning in music performance' research project: the co-authored book of the same name was published by OUP in October 2013. He was also co-investigator on Laura Leante's AHRC-funded project 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in 2016. 

Martin is a former editor of the British Journal of Ethnomusicology, and served for many years as committee member for the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) and the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM). He was a member of the Music sub-panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He is currently Director of Research in the Music Department.

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: Australian Research Council - Melbourne Conservatorium of Music(£0.00 from Australian Research Council)
  • 2019: EnTimeMent(£189119.30 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)
  • 2016: Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance(£522023.98 from AHRC)
  • 2016: The breath of music: investigating respiration in Indian music performance(£7706.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2013: Role, Status and Hierachy in the Performance of North Indian Classical Music(£9930.05 from The British Academy)

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Conference Proceeding

  • Clayton, Martin et al. (1997). Conference Proceedings. Music Studies and Cultural Difference, Open University.

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Clayton, Martin (1996). 'It never rains here in April. Filming music in Pune'. India Magazine

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Supervision students