Eric Clarke, Co-Investigator, 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 and a PhD in psychology, he was appointed to a lectureship in music at City University, London in 1981. He became the James Rossiter Hoyle Professor of Music at Sheffield in 1993, and took up the post of Heather Professor of Music at the University of Oxford in October 2007. He has held research grants from the MRC, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and AHRC, was an Associate Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council´s Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) from 2004-2007, and was an Associate Director (2009-2014) of the AHRC Phase II Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), leading a project on collaborative creativity in contemporary concert music. He was elected to membership of the Academia Europaea in 2009, and was made a fellow of the British Academy in 2010.
His research covers a number of areas within the psychology of music, music theory, and musical aesthetics/semiotics. He is the author of Ways of Listening. An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning (OUP, 2005), co-author with Nicola Dibben and Stephanie Pitts of Music and Mind in Everyday Life (OUP, 2010), and co-editor of Empirical Musicology. Aims, Methods, Prospects (OUP, 2004), the Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (CUP, 2009), Music and Consciousness (OUP, 2011; volume 2 in press), and Distributed Creativity: Collaboration and Improvisation in Contemporary Music (OUP, 2017). He has published widely in journal articles and book chapters on topics including expression in performance, collaborative creativity, the perception and production of rhythm, musical meaning, the relationships between music and language, the analysis of pop music, the history, perception and aesthetics of recorded music, music and the body, music and consciousness, and music and space.