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Biography

Professor Michael Clarke is Director of the IRiMaS project (Interactive Research in Music as Sound - https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/irimas/) funded by a €2.5m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (2017-22). Previously he was Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media at Huddersfield and before that Dean of the University’s Graduate School.

Michael read Music at Durham University where he remained for his PhD. He also holds a teaching qualification (MTC) from the Institute of Education, University College London. He has worked at Huddersfield since 1987, and his previous roles at Huddersfield include Director of the Electroacoustic Studios, founding Director of CeReNeM and Director of Research for the School of Music, Humanities and Media

Michael’s research includes composition and the development of innovative software for music composition, pedagogy and analysis. Both his compositions and software have won national and international prizes, including winning European Academic Software Awards on a record three occasions. He was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music’ (TaCEM - https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/tacem/) working together with Prof Peter Manning (Durham) and Dr Frédéric Dufeu (Huddersfield). This project (2012-5) builds on Michael’s earlier innovative work using software to develop an interactive aural approach to music analysis (https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/iaa/). In 2011, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Michael was an assessor on Panel 35 in REF 2014 having been a specialist advisor for the 2008 RAE. He has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC. He has also acted as a reviewer for the EPSRC and for funding councils in Austria, Finland, France and Germany. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Composition, including computer music (especially live interactive works)
  • Interactive Aural approaches to the analysis of music
  • Development of software for music and music pedagogy (especially using Max/MSP)
  • Development of algorithms for sound synthesis and processing

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Musical Analysis
  • Music
  • Music History
  • Music Education
  • Music Composition
  • Contemporary Music
  • Computer Music
  • Music theory
  • Audio Signal Processing
  • Electronic Music
  • Music Technology
  • Sound Synthesis

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Projects

Research Output

The IRiMaS Software: Integrating interactive listening and play into musicological research

Dufeu, F., Takahashi, K., Roebel, A. & Clarke, M., 16 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Computer Music Conference Proceedings . 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • Des outils interactifs pour l’étude des méthodes de composition des musiques électroacoustiques: les logiciels TaCEM comme ressources pédagogiques

    Translated title of the contribution: Interactive tools for the study of composition methods for electroacoustic music: TaCEM software as teaching resourcesClarke, M., Dufeu, F. & Manning, P., 1 Jul 2018, In : Revue Francophone Informatique & Musique. 6

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Interactive Tools for the Study of Electroacoustic Music Composition Methods: Resources for teaching and learning from the TaCEM software

    Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. & Manning, P., May 2017, Innovative Tools and Methods for Teaching Music and Signal Processing. Pottier, L. (ed.). Paris: Presses des Mines, p. 27-35 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Creative Interaction

    Clarke, M., Pearson, L-A. & McNichol, A., 29 Dec 2016, The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education. King, A., Himonides, E. & Ruthmann, S. A. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 367-376 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Using software emulation to explore the creative and technical processes in computer music: John Chowning's Stria, a case study from the TaCEM project

    Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. & Manning, P., 2016, ICMC 2016 - 42nd International Computer Music Conference, Proceedings. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Music and Technology, p. 218-223 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Activities

    • 12 Oral presentation

    From Interactive Aural Analysis to IRiMaS:Towards A Digital Toolbox for Music Analysis

    Keitaro Takahashi (Speaker), John Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker)
    30 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Performing Works with Instruments and Real-Time Electronics: An Analytical and Interactive Perspective from the TaCEM Projects

    Michael Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker), Peter Manning (Speaker)
    14 Jul 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Technology and Creativity in Music for Real-Time Electronics: An Interactive Approach to Philippe Manoury and Cort Lippe’s Works

    Michael Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker), Peter Manning (Speaker)
    25 Nov 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The TaCEM Project: Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music

    Michael Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker)
    16 Nov 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Interactive Tools for the Study of Electroacoustic Music Composition Methods: Resources for Teaching and Learning from the TaCEM Software

    John Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker), Peter Manning (Speaker)
    2 Nov 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation