The kind of empirical and interdisciplinary music research carried out by our group depends on the existence of high quality, annotated collections of recordings: this is a particular problem in cross-cultural research. The Music & Science Lab is therefore committed to the development and sharing of such collections. These include recordings we have made ourselves in countries including India, Brazil and Ethiopia, as well as the UK. We also work with recordings made by other researchers, in collaboration with them, helping to annotate and prepare the recordings for wider sharing within the research community: this is a major part of the IEMP project, for instance.
Our largest original collection comprises recordings of public and private performances, teaching sessions and interviews relating to North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, featuring some of this music’s finest performers. The collection comprises over 200 sessions since 2003, mostly in India and the UK, many including multiple video and multi-track audio recordings. A subset of these recordings is being used for the IEMP project, while other uses include the preparation of educational materials. The following video playlist comprises clips prepared for the latter purpose.
Playlist of Indian Music Documentation Video Examples