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Tim Crawford worked for 15 years as a freelance lutenist and theorbo player after studying at the Royal College of Music. During that 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. Alongside performance, research into the sources and styles of lute music became ever more important during the 1980s, and he published a number of articles, as well as undertaking editorial work on Early Music magazine, to which he is a regular contributor of reviews.
In 1989 he joned the Music Department at King's College, London, where his active interest in using computers to aid with musicological investigation became a professional one. This remained the main focus of his work until October 2002, when he joined the Centre for Computational Creativity at City University, London.
In September 2004, the Centre moved to the Computing Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, taking up residence in the brand-new Ben Pimlott Building.
Among his projects is a 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 tablature notation on computers in ASCII text.
He has also been involved with the development of the Macintosh music-notation program Nightingale (©Advanced Music Notation Systems, Inc) for several years, and wrote a chapter on Nightingale's musical-data interchange format, Notelist, for the recently-published Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes, ed. Eleanor Selfridge-Field (MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass & London, 1997 ISBN 0-262-19394-9) 293-318.
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 (1686-1750), an exact contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach.
Other recent work has involved an examination of the musical sources for Bach's 'Peasant Cantata' BWV212, and study of some recently-rediscovered violin manuscripts from the Breslau Stadtbibliothek.
Some details of Tim Crawford's current research can be found here.