Guest Lecture: Eric Clarke (Oxford University) | A Five Friends Lecture – Honoring Robert Samels
Guest Music Theory Lecture
Five Friends Master Class Series – Honoring Robert Samels
Eric Clarke (Oxford University)
Presentation topic to be announced
About the Presenter
Research interests in the psychology of music, particularly the psychology of performance, rhythm perception and production, the application of ecological theory to music perception, music and consciousness, and music and empathy; analysis of pop music; aesthetics and semiotics of music; history and analysis of recordings.
Eric Clarke went to the University of Sussex to read for a degree in neurobiology and graduated with a degree in music. After an M.A. in music, he was awarded a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Exeter, and became lecturer in music at City University in London in 1981. He was appointed as James Rossiter Hoyle Professor of Music at Sheffield in 1993, and took up the post of Heather Professor of Music at the University of Oxford in 2007. He was an associate director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) from 2004 to 2007, and was an associate director (2009-2014) of the AHRC Phase II Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP). He was elected to membership of the Academia Europaea in 2009, and to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 2010.
His research and teaching cover a number of areas within the psychology of music, music theory, and musical aesthetics/semiotics. He is the author of a monograph on listening (Ways of Listening. An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning, OUP, 2005), co-author with Nicola Dibben and Stephanie Pitts of Music and Mind in Everyday Life (OUP, 2010), co-editor with with David Clarke (Newcastle University) of Music and Consciousness (OUP, 2011), co-editor with colleagues from CHARM of the Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (CUP, 2009), and co-editor with Nicholas Cook of Empirical Musicology. Aims, Methods, Prospects (OUP, 2004). Distributed Creativity: Collaboration and Improvisation in Contemporary Music, co-edited with Mark Doffman, is in press with OUP, and Music and Consciousness 2, co-edited with David Clarke and Ruth Herbert is under contract with OUP. He has published widely in journal articles and book chapters on topics including expression in performance, the perception and production of rhythm, musical meaning, the relationships between music and language, the analysis of pop music, the history and aesthetics of recorded music, music and the body, and music and empathy.