Eric Clarke, Professorial Fellow at Wadham, Heather Professor of Music

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EC pic2Eric Clarke went to the University of Sussex to read for a degree in Neurobiology, and graduated with a degree in Music. After an MA in Music at Sussex, he completed a doctorate in Psychology at the University of Exeter on rhythm and expression in piano performance. From 1981 he worked as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in music at City University in London, and was appointed to the J. R. Hoyle Professorship of Music at the University of Sheffield in 1993. He was elected to the Heather Professorship of Music at Oxford in 2007.

He is an Associate Director of the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Musical Research (University of London); is an associate editor for the journals Musicae Scientiae, Music Perception, and Empirical Musicology Review; and is on the editorial boards of Music Analysis, Psychology of Music, and Radical Musicology. For 10 years he was a member of the improvising string quartet The Lapis Quartet.Eric Clarke’s research embraces a number of areas within the psychology of music, music theory, and musical aesthetics/semiotics. He is the author of a recent monograph on listening (Ways of Listening. An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning OUP, 2005) and co-editor of a volume on Empirical Musicology (OUP, 2004). He has also published more than 60 papers and book chapters on music related topics.

Current projects include:

  • Music and Mind in Everyday Life (Oxford University Press, 2008) - a book co-authored with Nicola Dibben and Stephanie Pitts (University of Sheffield) which explores the ways in which psychological research can shed light on situated musical experiences.
  • Music and Consciousness (Oxford University Press) - a book co-edited with David Clarke (Newcastle University) on a range of approaches to the relationship between music and consciousness
  • The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (Cambridge University Press, 2008) - co-edited with Nicholas Cook, John Rink and Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (Royal Holloway, and King’s College London).