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It’s a privilege to be able to put down the sticks, step back and examine drummers’ motivations, intentions and behaviours from a calmer perspective.

Bill Bruford

PhD Music

"A key motivation in my working life as a drummer was trying to contribute, to suggest ways that we might go about doing things differently. In a way, my PhD continues with that.

I’m seeking to develop a theoretically-grounded cultural psychology of the Western kit drummer, which may illuminate issues of the meaning and experience of creativity within popular music instrumental practice, and particularly that of drummers.

My research participants constitute an eminent group of internationally recognised creative practitioners, spread from Guildford to Los Angeles. My overall supervision is from Professor Allan Moore, with hands-on supervision from Dr Milton Mermikides. Both were enormously encouraging in my first two years.

It’s a privilege to be able to put down the sticks, step back and examine drummers’ motivations, intentions and behaviours from a calmer perspective."

 

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