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Professor Michael Clarke is Dean of the Graduate School. He read Music at Durham University where he remained for his PhD. He also holds a teaching qualification (MTC) from the Institute of Education, London University. He has worked at Huddersfield since 1987 and prior to taking up his current role had been Director of Research for the School of Music, Humanities and Media since 2006.  

Michael’s research includes composition, software development for music and music analysis. Both his compositions and software have won national and international prizes, including winning European Academic Software Awards on a record three occasions. He has recently been Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music’ (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. In 2011 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Michael was an assessor on Panel 35 in REF 2014 having previously been a specialist advisor for the 2008 RAE. He is 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 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


  • 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 2017 2022

FluCoMa: Fluid Corpus Manipulations

Tremblay, P., Green, O., Roma, G., Harker, A., Clarke, J. & Dufeu, F.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 2013 2017

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

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

Computer music
Software packages


Clarke, J. 2015 In : Fields: Journal of Huddersfield Student Research. 1, 1, 2 p., e1

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Open Access

Barry Truax Riverrun (1986/2004), a case study from the TaCEM project, exploring new approaches to techniques of analysis and re-synthesis in the study of concert electroacoustic works

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. & Manning, P. 2014 Proceedings of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference: Electroacoustic Music Beyond Performance, Berlin, June 2014. 10 p.

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

Open Access
Electroacoustic music

Activities 2014 2016

  • 11 Oral presentation