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Professor Martin Clayton

Professor of Ethnomusicology

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Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music  


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. 

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. 


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Conference Proceeding

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

Edited book

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Newspaper/Magazine Article

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

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