Professor Martin Clayton
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. 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.
Professor Clayton directs a major research project, 'Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, 2016-18), with co-investigators Tuomas Eerola (Durham), Antonio Camurri (Genoa) and Peter Keller (Sydney). he leads the Leverhulme Trust-funded project The Breath of Music: Investigating respiration in Indian music performance, and is also co-investigator on Laura Leante's AHRC-funded project 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in 2016. He 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.
Martin served for many years as committee member for the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) and the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), and serves on several editorial boards including the journals Music Analysis and Music Performance Research.
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- Clayton, Martin (2007). Music, time and place: Essays in comparative musicology. Delhi: B.R.Rhythms.
- Clayton, Martin (2000). Time in Indian Music: rhythm, metre and form in North Indian rag performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Clayton, Martin, Dueck, Byron & Leante, Laura (2013). Experience and Meaning in Music Performance. Oxford Oxford University Press.
- Clayton, Martin, Herbert, Trevor & Middleton, Richard (2012). The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction (Second Edition). Routledge.
- Clayton, Martin (2008). Music, Words, and Voice: a reader. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Clayton, Martin & Zon, Bennett (2007). Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s to 1940s: Portrayal of the East. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Chapter in book
- Clayton, Martin (2020). Entrainment and the Social Origins of Musical Rhythm. In The Philosophy of Rhythm. Aesthetics, Music, Poetics. Cheyne, Peter Hamilton, Andy & Paddison, Max Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Clayton, Martin (2017). The Ethnography of Embodied Music Interaction. In The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction. Lesaffre, Micheline, Maes, Pieter-Jan & Leman, Marc Routledge.
- Clayton, Martin (2017). Time, Gesture, and Attention in a Khyāl Performance. In Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, Volume II. Post, Jennifer C. Routledge. 249-266.
- Clayton, Martin & Leante, Laura (2013). Embodiment in Music Performance. In Experience and Meaning in Music Performance. Clayton, Martin, Dueck, Byron & Leante, Laura Oxford University Press. 188-207.
- Clayton, Martin (2013). Entrainment, ethnography and musical interaction. In Experience and Meaning in Music Performance. Clayton, Martin, Dueck, Byron & Leante, Laura Oxford University Press. 17-39.
- Clayton, Martin, Dueck, Byron & Leante, Laura (2013). Introduction: Experience and meaning in music performance. In Experience and Meaning in Music Performance. Clayton, Martin, Dueck, Byron & Leante, Laura Oxford University Press. 1-16.
- Clayton, M. (2013). The Time of Music and the Time of History. In The Cambridge History of World Music. Bohlman, Philip V. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 767-785.
- Fatone, Gina A., Clayton, Martin, Leante, Laura & Rahaim, Matt (2011). 'Imagery, melody and gesture in cross-cultural perspective'. In New Perspectives on Music and Gesture. Gritten, Anthony & King, Elaine Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. 203-220.
- Clayton, Martin (2009). 'Local practice, global network: The guitar in India as a case study'. In Theorizing the local: Music, practice and experience in South Asia and beyond. Wolf, Richard K. New York: Oxford University Press. 65-78.
- Clayton, Martin (2009). 'The social and personal functions of music in cross-cultural perspective'. In The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. Hallam, Susan, Cross, Ian & Thaut, Michel Oxford: Oxford University Press. 35-44.
- Dahl, Sofia, Bevilacqua, Frederic, Bresin, Roberto, Clayton, Martin, Leante, Laura, Poggi, Isabella & Rasamimanana, Nicolas (2009). Gestures in performance. In Musical Gestures: sound, movement, and meaning. Godoy, Rolf Inge & Leman, Marc Routledge. 36-68.
- Clayton, Martin (2008). Toward an Ethnomusicology of Sound Experience. In The New(Ethno)musicologies. Stobart, Henry Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. 135-169.
- Clayton, Martin (2007). 'Musical Renaissance and its Margins in England and India, 1874–1914'. In Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s to 1940s: Portrayal of the East. Clayton, Martin & Zon, Bennett Aldershot: Ashgate. 71-93
- Clayton, Martin (2005). 'Communication in Indian raga performance'. In Musical Communication. Miell, Dorothy Hargreaves, David & MacDonald, Raymond Oxford: Oxford University Press. 361-381.
- Clayton, Martin (2003). Comparing music, comparing musicology. In The cultural study of music: a critical introduction. Clayton, Martin, Herbert, Trevor & Middleton, Richard New York: Routledge. 57-68.
- Clayton, Martin (2001). 'Introduction: towards a theory of musical meaning (in India and elsewhere)'. In Music and Meaning: Special issue of British Journal of Ethnomusicology. Clayton, Martin Routledge. 10/1: 1-17.
- Clayton, Martin (2001). Rock to Raga: the many lives of the Indian guitar. In Guitar Cultures. Bennett, Andy & Dawe, Kevin Oxford, UK: Berg. 179-208.
- Alborno, Paolo, Clayton, Martin, Keller, Peter, Volpe, Gualtiero & Camurri, Antonio (2015), Automated video analysis of interpersonal entrainment in Indian music performance, 15: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. Torino, Italy, EAI, e3.
- Eerola, T., Jakubowski, K., Moran, N., Keller, P. & Clayton, M. (2018). Shared Periodic Performer Movements Coordinate Interactions in Duo Improvisations. Royal Society Open Science 5(2): 171520.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Eerola, Tuomas, Alborno, Paolo, Volpe, Gualtiero, Camurri, Antonio & Clayton, Martin (2017). Extracting Coarse Body Movements from Video in Music Performance: A Comparison of Automated Computer Vision Techniques with Motion Capture Data. Frontiers in Digital Humanities, section Digital Musicology 4: 9.
- Clayton, Martin (2015). Aksak Patterns and Entrained Interaction in Transylvanian Village Music. Empirical Musicology Review 10(4): 292-301.
- Will, Udo, Clayton, Martin, Wertheim, Ira, Leante, Laura & Berg, Eric (2015). Pulse and Entrainment to Non-Isochronous Auditory Stimuli: The case of North Indian Alap. PLoS One 10(4): e0123247.
- Clayton, Martin & Leante, Laura (2015). Role, status and hierarchy in the performance of North Indian classical music. Ethnomusicology Forum 24(3): 414-442.
- Angelis, Vassilis, Holland, Simon, Upton, Paul J & Clayton, Martin (2012). Testing a computational model of rhythm perception using polyrhythmic stimuli. Journal of New Music Research 2012(iFirst article): 1-14.
- Clayton, Martin (2012). What is entrainment? Definition and applications in musical research. Empirical Musicology Review 7(1-2): 49-56.
- Lucas, Glaura, Clayton, Martin & Leante, Laura (2011). Inter-group Entrainment in Afro-Brazilian Congado Ritual. Empirical Musicology Review 6(2): 75-102.
- Clayton, Martin (2009). Crossing Boundaries and Bridging Gaps: thoughts on relationships between ethnomusicology and music psychology. Empirical Musicology Review 4(2): 75-77.
- Clayton, Martin (2007). 'Observing entrainment in music performance: video-based observational analysis of Indian musicians’ tanpura playing and beat marking'. Musicae Scientiae 11(1): 27-59.
- Clayton, Martin (2007). 'Time, gesture and attention in a khyal performance'. Asian Music 38(2): 71-96.
- Clayton, Martin, Sager, Rebecca & Will, Udo (2005). 'In time with the music: the concept of entrainment and its significance for ethnomusicology'. European Meetings in Ethnomusicology 11 (ESEM Counterpoint 1): 1-82.
- Clayton, Martin (1999). 'A. H. Fox Strangways and the Music of Hindostan: revisiting historical field recordings'. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 124: 86-118.
- Clayton, Martin (1998). "You can't fuse yourself": Contemporary British-Asian music and the musical expression of identity. East European Meetings in Ethnomusicology 5: 73-87.
- Clayton, Martin (1997). Le metre et le tal dans la musique de l'Inde du Nord. (translated by Georges Goormaghtigh). Cahiers de Musiques Traditionelles 10: 169-189.
- Clayton, Martin (1996). Ethnographic Wax Cylinders at the British Library National Sound Archive: A Brief History and Description of the Collection. British Journal of Ethnomusicology 5(1): 67-92.
- Clayton, Martin (1996). Free Rhythm: Ethnomusicology and the Study of Music Without Metre. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 59(2): 323-332.
- Clayton, Martin (1993). Two gat Forms for the sitār: A Case Study in the Rhythmic Analysis of North Indian Music. British Journal of Ethnomusicology 2(1): 75-98.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Polak, Rainer, Tarsitani, Simone & Clayton, Martin (2018). IEMP Malian Jembe.
- Clayton, Martin, Leante, Laura & Tarsitani, Simone (2018). IEMP North Indian Raga.
- Clayton, Martin & Sahasrabuddhe, Veena (1999). 'Khyal: Classical singing of North India' (DVD).
- Clayton, Martin & Sahasrabuddhe, Veena (1999). 'Khyal: Classical Singing of North India' Accompanying booklet.
- Clayton, Martin & Cook, Simon (1999). 'Wayang Golék: Performing arts of Sunda (West Java)' (DVD).
- Clayton, Martin & Cook, Simon (1999). 'Wayang Golék: Performing arts of Sunda (West Java)' Accompanying booklet.