The Music Research Centre (MRC) is a community of composers, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, performers, songwriters, and sound artists who explore contemporary and historical music practice, theory, and scholarship.

Our research is interdisciplinary, with its basis in music and sound, and connects with work in related disciplines including creative computing, education, game studies, creative writing, history, visual arts and media.

Based within Bath School of Music and Performance, the MRC provides a space for academic staff and research students to collaborate through funded projects and focused research groups.

Since 2008 it has hosted projects funded by external bodies, including European Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Higher Education Academy, and REACT.

The MRC has three active research groups. Intercultural Communication through Practice considers how cultural heritage is shared across borders and how knowledge is transmitted through arts practice. Open Scores Lab functions as an environment in which creative practitioners can experiment with new approaches to scoring, working with colleagues in other disciplines to support their research. Sonic Arts and Visual Music explores the new relationships between sound, image and music that are being forged in contemporary practice, especially where facilitated by new technologies, methods and tools.

Work by individual MRC researchers engages with other groups and centres across the University, including Centre for Creative Computing, Media Convergence Research Centre, and Transnational Creativity and Education.

The regular seminar series run by the MRC’s research groups feature presentations by internal and visiting speakers. We also organise the regular Seeing Sound conference, and have hosted conferences in partnership with Music and/as Process, Performance Studies Network, Ludomusicology, and Holburn Museum.

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