Goldsmiths University of London: Department of Computing
Professor Tim Crawford is the principal investigator for the Transforming Musicology project.
Professor Crawford worked for 15 years as a professional musician. During that time he played as a lutenist with most of the leading conductors and ensembles active in baroque music, and played on a number of recordings made during the 1980s. In 1989 he received a three-year Leverhulme Fellowship to work on the lute music of Silvius Leopold Weiss.
After some years at King’s College, London (1989-2001) and City University (2001-4), he moved to Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is Professorial Research Fellow. His musicological work is mostly centred around lute music, especially that of the 18th century. He edited the Complete Works (over 650 pieces) of the German lutenist, Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), an exact contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach. Other research has involved music for the viola da gamba, the early violin and other instruments in Germany, France, Holland and England. Professor Crawford is a founding member of the IMS Study Group on Tablatures in Western Music.
Since the early 1990s he has been active in the rapidly-expanding field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR); he was the UK coordinator for the international project, OMRAS (Online Music Recognition and Searching), which led to the inception of the ISMIR conferences. From 2012-4, he served a two-year term as President of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval.
Other projects for which he has acted as investigator or co-investigator include the Electronic Corpus Of Lute Music, MeTAMuSE (Mellon Foundation); the eScience project Purcell Plus: Exploring an eScience Methodology for Musicologists (AHRC/EPSRC/JISC); and the international MIR project Networked Environment for Music Analysis (Mellon Foundation).
Christophe's research journey began in the field of early-Universe cosmology, where he did his doctoral work in the observational signatures of speculative theories of high-energy physics. Since then, he has worked on problems in music informatics, including semantic audio segmentation, musical score editing software, and similarity search in large audio databases. He also maintains SBCL, a Free Software implementation of Common Lisp, and was Chairman and co-Founder of Teclo Networks, a telecommunications infrastructure supplier. Christophe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths.
Christophe was co-investigator on the Transforming Musicology project, working principally on audio search and on the relationship between musicology and social media.
David Lewis trained as a musicologist, completing his Master’s degree at King’s College London in 2000, specialising in Historical Musicology. Since then, he has worked as a researcher on a range of digital musicology projects. His work includes building corpora, such as the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music; digital scholarly editions of music treatises, for example Johannes Tinctoris: Complete Theoretical Works and Thesaurus Musicarum Italicarum; and works catalogues (‘Delius Catalogue of Works’). He has taught on both music and computing degree programmes. His two-volume study guide on database systems has been published by the University of London and is used for their undergraduate International Program.
David was based at Goldsmiths, primarily involved in the research strand concerned with early modern music, and later at the Oxford e-Research Centre, focussing on the semantic infrastructure.
Ben Fields completed his PhD thesis as part of the OMRAS 2 project at Goldsmiths in 2011. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and an MSc in Music Engineering Technology. He is especially interested in predictive modeling of song sequences for recommendation and discovery and also performs as a DJ.
Within Transforming Musicology, Ben worked primarily on the musicology of the social media topic. After the end of the project, Ben became a data scientist for FutureLearn, a company that makes and delivers online courses.
Richard holds a BA in Music and an MMus in Critical Musicology (by research) both from the University of East Anglia. Following this Richard worked on a number of music data projects including the Sonic Arts Research Archive (funded by the AHRB), the Thematic Catalogue of Benjamin Britten (funded by the AHRC and the Britten-Pears Foundation), and a Catalogue Raisonné of Serve Prokofiev (funded by the Prokofiev Foundation).
Richard acted as project manager for Transforming Musicology.
Justin Gagen graduated from London South Bank University with a BSc in Computing Studies, and proceeded to work in web/media development and management at City University until 2005. He then moved to Imperial College, where he worked in e-Learning support.
In 2010 Justin undertook an MSc in Digital Anthropology at UCL, choosing to ethnographically examine musicians who perform live music via virtual environments. He co-authored a chapter based upon this work with Prof. Nicholas Cook, for the Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality.
Justin has been playing music for over twenty years, and regularly performs live, often via virtual environments. He tries to release "at least one record a year" via his own label.
As a PhD student on the Transforming Musicology project as Goldsmiths, he concentrated his research on ‘The Musicology of The Social Media’ strand of the project.
Goldsmiths University of London: Department of Psychology
Daniel Müllensiefen is a reader in psychology at Goldsmiths, and editor of the online open access journal Empirical Musicology Review. His research interests include understanding individual differences in musical ability, musical memory, and statistical models of music cognition, and he direct's Goldsmiths‘ MSc programme in Music, Mind and Brain.
On the Transforming Musicology project, he directed the psychological study of audience responses to Wagner‘s Ring Cycle.