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Professor Michael Clarke is Director of the IRiMaS project (Interactive Research in Music as Sound - 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 - 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 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. 

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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
  • 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


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