Tim Crawford

Tim Crawford worked for 15 years as a freelance lutenist and theorbo player, during which time he worked with most of the leading conductors and ensembles active in baroque music, and played on a number of recordings made during the 1980s.

Tim Crawford’s musicological activities are mostly centred around lute music, especially that of the 18th century. He is the current editor of the Sämtliche Werke of the great German lutenist, Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), an exact contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach.

In the 1990s Tim developed a WYSIWYG program for the editing, playback (via MIDI) and printing of music written in lute tablature for the Macintosh computer, as well as TabCode, a special code intended for the representation of lute music on computers in ASCII text.

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 large Dresden MS of Weiss’s music, appeared during 2002 and volumes 7 & 8, the corresponding transcriptions, during 2007. Other research has involved music for the viola da gamba, the early violin and other instruments in Germany, France, Holland and England.

In 1989 he joined the Music Department at King’s College, London, where his active interest in using computers to aid with musicological investigation became a professional one. The realisation that even outside the Music Department of a large academic institution such as KCL there is within the various departments and disciplines a wide range of expertise in, as well as knowledge and understanding of, music led to the creation in the early 1990s of a Musical Data Research Group, which successfully obtained internal research funding for projects on Musical Databases and Musical Similarity and Melodic Recognition (the latter carried out with the assistance of Emilios Cambouropoulos and Matthew Dovey). This led naturally to work on Music Information Retrieval in the larger-scale OMRAS project, which involved a team of almost a dozen part- or full-time researchers in the UK and US. This in turn led to the setting up (with NSF funding) of the ISMIR conferences (International Symposia on Music Information Retrieval), which have run annually since 2000, for several of which he served on the programme committee and/or acted as Program or joint General Chair.

Between 1999 and 2006 the AHRC funded his Electronic Corpus of Lute Music (ECOLM) project. During 2005, he worked closely with Dr Frans Wiering (Utrecht University), funded by an EPSRC Visiting Fellowship, on issues connected with the devising of an XML format for lute tablature and for the presentation of scholarly music editions in general. In 2006, together with Prof. Geraint Wiggins and Dr Donald Byrd of Indiana University, USA, he was successful in winning a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for MeTAMuSE (Methodologies and Technologies for Advanced Musical Score Encoding), a visionary project that will provide a basis for scholarly music editions in the future.

In March 2006, Tim Crawford was invited by the then newly-created AHRC Methods Network to organise an Expert Seminar in Music, the papers from which form the basis for Modern Methods in Musicology, one of a series of books, Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, published by Ashgate from 2008.

David Lewis

David Lewis is currently a Research Fellow in the ISMS group at Goldsmiths, University of London. Having studied historical musicology at King’s College, London and singing with William McAlpine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, David joined Tim Crawford and Michael Gale working on the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music (ECOLM) project in 2002. He joined ISMS in 2003, and has worked on various projects since whilst developing a general framework for allowing the various music research tools of the group to work together smoothly.

Richard Lewis

Richard's formal background is in musicology, having studied music at the University of East Anglia. Prior to beginning work on the Purcell Plus project and his Ph.D, Richard was research assistant at the UEA engaged with projects including the Sonic Arts Research Archive (an online database of artists working with new media in Britain), CURSUS (a digital edition of medieval liturgical manuscripts), and a project to produce an online thematic catalogue of the works of Benjamin Britten.

Richard's Ph.D research is currently focused on investigating methods for integrating extra-musical data (such as historical contextual data) into more traditional music data-sets (audio and notation, for instance).