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What happens to our bodies when we play music?

Professor Martin Clayton, Durham University

What happens to our bodies when we play music?

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Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.

Martin Clayton’s exhibit explores the power of music over the performance of the human heart

The Breath of Music: Investigating Respiration in Indian Music Performance

Making music, whether vocal or instrumental, is a physical act usually undertaken with others. However, relatively little is known about how performers coordinate and how this is manifested in the body. The Breath of Music investigates respiration and heart rate data from Indian instrumental performers with the aim of discovering how these signals relate to musical structure and coordination between musicians. Drop in to test your own musical abilities and find out how musicians from different cultures and musical traditions coordinate their behaviour while performing.

Martin Clayton is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Durham University
Research Award: British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2016

Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm

Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm 

Floor Plan:

You'll find this exhibit at Point 9 in the Wolfson Room on the First Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.

Exhibit 9

Leverhulme Trust