Prof Tim Crawford

Tim has research interests in computational approaches to musicology and music history from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Staff details

Prof Tim Crawford


Professorial Research Fellow in Computational Musicology




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Professor Tim Crawford worked for 15 years as a professional musician before becoming an academic.

Beginning in the 1990s at King’s College, University of London, where he worked in the Music Department and with the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, he has been involved with the use of computers in the service of musicology.

He set up an international project in music information retrieval, Online Music Searching And Retrieval (OMRAS) and established the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music, which has received funding from the AHRC.

He is currently Principal Investigator of the AHRC Digital Transformations project Transforming Musicology, involving over 15 researchers and three PhD students at Goldsmiths, Oxford, Queen Mary, Lancaster and Utrecht universities. His latest project, also funded by the AHRC, is Learn To Play, which uses machine-learning technology and the experience of working with historical music to grade pieces for online learning and to generate exercises to help students with their instrumental practice.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Crawford, Tim, ed. 2011. Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750): Sämtliche Were für Laute, vol. 10 (transcription). Cassel, Germany: Das Erbe deutscher Musik, Sonderreihe, Bände 16, Bärenreiter Verlag. ISBN 9790006018079

Book Section

Crawford, Tim. 2022. Luise Gottsched: Lute-playing heroine of her Age. In: Andreas Schlegel, ed. ... in der verlorene Paradies: Festschrift in memoriam Annette Otterstedt. Menziken, Switzerland: The Lute Corner, pp. 224-279. ISBN 9783952323243

Crawford, Tim; Pickens, J. and Wiggins, Geraint. 2006. Dimensionality Reduction in Harmonic Modeling for Music Information Retrieval. In: Richard Kronland-Martinet; Thierry Voinier and Sylvi Ystad, eds. Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 233-248. ISBN 03029743


Crawford, Tim. 2020. Silvius Leopold Weiss and the Improvised Prelude. Journal of the Lute Society fo America, 53, pp. 105-144. ISSN 0076-1524

Sutcliffe, Richard; Hovy, Eduard; Collins, Tom; Wan, Stephen; Crawford, Tim and Root, Deane. 2019. Searching for musical features using natural language queries: the C@merata evaluations at MediaEval. Language Resources and Evaluation, 53(1), pp. 87-140. ISSN 1574-020X

Weigl, David M.; Lewis, David; Crawford, Tim; Knopke, Ian and Page, Kevin R.. 2017. On providing semantic alignment and unified access to music library metadata. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 20(1), pp. 25-47. ISSN 1432-5012

Conference or Workshop Item

Crawford, Tim and Lewis, David. 2024. 'Pragmatic Digital Musicology'. In: Algomus seminar (invited talk). Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille (Cristal), Lille University, France 19 February 2024.

Cannam, Chris; Lewis, David and Crawford, Tim. 2023. 'ECOLM and Lute Tablature'. In: 10th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM 2023). Milan, Italy 10 November 2023.

Porter, Alastair; Crawford, Tim and Lewis, David. 2023. 'End-to-end loading of new music libraries to F-Tempo via IIIF'. In: 10th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM 2023). Milan, Italy 10 November 2023.


Crawford, Tim. 2007. Transcription of the Dresden Manuscript of the lute works of S. L. Weiss (1687-1750), Parts 1 and 2. Other. Baerenreiter.

Crawford, Tim. 2002. Facsimile and introductory study of the Dresden Manuscript of lute works by S. L. Weiss, Parts 1 and 2. Other. Baerenreiter.

Research Interests

  • Computational approaches to musicology
  • Music history, especially of the 16th to 18th centuries
  • Music for the western lute
  • Musical performances on record