Tim Crawford

Goldsmiths Computing

Tim 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. He was appointed as external supervisor (1982-6) for the Oxford University Music Faculty for a (successful) D.Phil candidate (Matthew Spring) studying English 17th-century lute music, and more recently (2005-8) for another successful Oxford D.Phil candidate (Benjamin Narvey) working on 17th-century French lute music.

After some years of academic employment at King’s College, London (1989-2001) and City University (2001-4), he moved to Goldsmiths, University of London in 2004; he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Computational Musicology in 2006 and promoted to Professorial Research Fellow in December 2011. His musicological work is mostly centred around lute music, especially that of the 18th century. He is the current editor of the Complete Works (over 650 pieces) of the German lutenist, Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), an exact contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach; volumes 5 & 6, a facsimile edition of the Dresden MS, appeared during 2002 and volumes 7 & 8, the corresponding transcriptions, were published in 2007; volume 10, containing transcriptions of the remaining works, edited jointly with Prof. Dieter Kirsch (Würzburg), appeared in December 2011.

Other research has involved music for the viola da gamba, the early violin and other instruments in Germany, France, Holland and England. In summer 2002 he took part in an invited session on early instrumental music at the IMS Congress at Leuven, Belgium. He has read papers at the International Conference on Baroque Music about newly-discovered MS sources of Weiss’s music (Warsaw, 2006) and J. S. Bach’s ‘Peasant’ Cantata, BWV 212 (Leeds, 2008). In July 2009 he organised a Round Table on ‘Unmeasured Music for Lute and Harpsichord’ at the International Musicological Society conference in Amsterdam. At the same conference, an IMS Study Group on Tablatures in Western Music was approved, and he is a member of that group.

Since the early 1990s he has been active in the new and rapidly-expanding field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR); he was the UK coordinator for the international project, OMRAS (Online Music Recognition and Searching), which was jointly funded by the NSF (US) and JISC (UK) and involved a team of almost a dozen part- or full-time researchers. This led to the inception of the regular series of ISMIR conferences (2000 to present; see http://www.ismir.net/). From January 2012 he is serving a two-year term as President of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval.

Among other projects, the Electronic Corpus Of Lute Music (1999-2005; see http://www.ecolm.org/), combines his research interests in musicology and MIR. This has recently been awarded a grant to automatically encode around 1,000 lute pieces together with vocal works and their lute arrangements from early printed sources in the British Library (AHRC, 2011-12, Principal Investigator). Other projects for which he has acted as Investigator include MeTAMuSE (Mellon Foundation, 2006-9, co-Investigator); the eScience project Purcell Plus: Exploring an eScience Methodology for Musicologists (AHRC/EPSRC/JISC, 2008-2012, Principal Investigator); and the international MIR project Networked Environment for Music Analysis (Mellon Foundation, 2008-10, Goldsmiths Principal Investigator); see http://nema.lis.uiuc.edu/).