Portrait of Professor Michael Clarke Professor Michael Clarke

j.m.clarke@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472424


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 and Scholarship

As a composer his works (which include both acoustic and electroacoustic pieces, most often combining these media) have received many performances and broadcasts throughout the world. In 1983 Soundings (cello and tape) won the CIM France prize at Bourges, in 1984 Uppvaknande (computer generated tape) was awarded the Chandos Prize at Musica Nova in Glasgow and in 1997 he was awarded the Musica Nova Prize in Prague for the octophonic tape work Tim(br)e. Other works include Prism and Cascade for the trumpeter Stephen Altoft, Constellations (for piano, percussion and computer) commissioned for the Verblendungen festival in Belgium, ThreeFour for the Goldberg Ensemble and Enmeshed written for L a u t and premiered at the 2005 Sonorities Festival in Belfast. A CD of four of his works

(Refractions, Mälarsång, Epicycle and Uppvaknande) is available under the collective title Refractions (MPSCD003). His most recent compositional work includes more pieces in the ongoing Enmeshed series (for piano -2007, and for pitched percussion - 2008). Recently he has had works played in New Orleans (USA), Belfast, London (recorded by BBC Radio 3), Manchester, Bangor, Freiburg (Germany), and Vitoria (Spain) as well as at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Clarke is also active in developing new algorithms and software for music. His unit-generators for FOF and FOG synthesis have become a standard part of MIT's Csound program. More recently, in collaboration with Xavier Rodet of IRCAM he has developed the fofb~ and fog~ objects for Max/MSP (distributed by IRCAM). Clarke has directed three European Academic Software Award winning projects: SYnthia - Synthesis Instruction Aid (developed together with Stuart Hunter) at the 1994 competition in Heidelberg, CALMA - Computer Assisted Learning for Musical Awareness (together with Julia Bowder and James Saunders) in 2000 in Rotterdam, and Sybil - Synthesis by Interactive Learning (together with Ashley Watkins, Mathew Adkins and Mark Bokowiec) in 2004 in Le Locle/Neuchâtel. CALMA was funded by a £200,000 FDTL award.

Clarke also writes about various topics related to his work. These include contributions to The Csound Book (ed. Richard Boulanger, MIT Press), articles in Perspectives of New Music and Organised Sound and frequent presentations at the International Computer Music Conference. Recently he has published an analysis of Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco in 'Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music' (ed. Mary Simoni, Routledge, 2006). In doing so has he begun developing an 'interactive aural' approach to musical analysis which combines text with computer software and has been described by one reviewer as 'ground-breaking' and ‘revolutionary’.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2016) ‘Using Software Emulation to Explore the Creative and Technical Processes in Computer Music: John Chowning’s Stria, a case study from the TaCEM project’. In: Proceedings ICMC 2016 : Is the sky the limit?. : HKU University of the Arts. pp. 218-223. ISBN 9780984527458

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2016) ‘Performing works with instruments and real-time electronics. An analytical and interactive perspective from the TaCEM project’. In: Performance Studies Network Fourth International Conference, 14-17th July 2016, Newton Park, Burton Upon Trent

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2016) ‘Towards incorporating computer-aided techniques to interactive aural analysis’. In: 1st Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, 17-19th June 2016, University of Huddersfield


Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘The TaCEM Project: Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music’. In: Being Human. A festival of the humanities, Humanising Music Technology, 16th November 2015, Kingston University, London, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘Interactive tools for the study of electroacoustic music composition methods: resources for teaching and learning from the TaCEM software’. In: Innovative Tools and Methods to Teach Music and Signal Processing Conference, 2nd November 2015, Saint-Étienne, France

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘Technology and Creativity in Music for Real-Time Electronics: An interactive approach to Philippe Manoury and Cort Lippe’s works’. In: Ircam Forum Workshop, 25th November 2015, Paris, France

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘Tracking the creative process in Trevor Wishart’s Imago’. In: 3rd Tracking the Creative Process in Music conference (TCPM), 8th - 10th October 2015, Paris, France

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘The Interrelation of Technology and Creativity in the Analysis of Electroacoustic Music: A comparative study of Barry Truax’s Riverrun and Trevor Wishart’s ImagoMusurgia , XXII (1), pp. 27-44. ISSN 2271-1856

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘Francis Dhomont's Phonurgie: A New Case Study from the TaCEM Project’. In: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference (EMS15): The Art of Electroacoustic Music, 23rd - 26th June 2015, Sheffield, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘An interactive simulation of John Chowning’s creative environment for the composition of Stria (1977)’. In: Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity study day, 27th June 2015, Huddersfield, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2015) ‘TaCEM: Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music’. In: National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) Annual Conference: Music – Learning – Technology, 5th May 2015, Glasgow, Scotland

Clarke, M (2015) ‘Editorial: Fields: journal of Huddersfield student researchFields: journal of Huddersfield student research , 1 (1), p. e1. ISSN 2057-0163


Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2014) ‘From technological investigation and software emulation to music analysis: an integrated approach to Barry Truax's riverrun’. In: the ICMC / SMC 2014 (40th International Computer Music Conference joint with the 11th Sound and Music Computing conference), 14th - 20th September 2014, Athens, Greece

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2014) ‘The Significance of Technical Research in the Study of Electroacoustic Music: A Perspective from the TaCEM Project’. In: Royal Musical Association 50th Annual Conference, 4th - 6th September 2014, Leeds, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2014) ‘Towards an Analysis of Trevor Wishart’s Imago: Form, Structure and Technology’. In: EuroMAC2014: Eighth European Music Analysis Conference, 17th - 20th September 2014, Leuven, Belgium

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2014) ‘Deriving a Chart-Organised Notation from a Sonogram Based Exploration: TIAALS (Tools for Interactive Aural Analysis)’. In: Interactive Music Notation and Representation workshop, 14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2014), 30th June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2014) ‘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’. In: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference Electroacoustic Music Beyond Performance,, 10th - 14th June 2014, Berlin, Germany


Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘Working with the TIAALS Software’. In: Ircam Forum Workshop, 20th - 22nd November 2013, Paris, France

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘Tracking Creativity and Investigating Technology in Electroacoustic Music: Methods and perspectives of the TaCEM project’. In: Tracking the Creative Process in Music (TCPM), 10th - 12th October 2013, Montreal, Canada

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘The Impact of Technology on the Creative Processes of Composing Electroacoustic Music’. In: Royal Musical Association Annual Conference 2013, 19th - 21st September 2013, London, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘Introducing TaCEM and the TIAALS software’. In: 2013 ICMC International Computer Music Conference, 11th - 17th August 2013, Perth, Australia

Clarke, M. and Dufeu, F. (2013) ‘An Introduction to the TIAALS software (Tools for Interactive Aural Analysis)’. In: 4th symposium of the AHRC funded project “New Multimedia Tools for Electroacoustic Music Analysis”, 11th July 2013, Leicester, UK

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘TIAALS: A new generic set of tools for the interactive aural analysis of electroacoustic music’. In: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network EMS13, Electroacoustic Music in the Context of Interactive Approaches and Networks, 17th - 21st June 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. and Manning, P. (2013) ‘Le projet TaCEM et l’analyse interactive des musiques électroacoustiques [The TaCEM Project and the Interactive Analysis of Electroacoustic Music]’. In: JAM13, Corpus et Méthodes. Traductions théoriques de l’hétérogénéité musicale, 3rd - 5th April 2013, Rennes, France

Clarke, M (2013) Enmeshed 3 [Composition]

Clarke, M (2013) Tim(br)e 2 [Composition]


Clarke, M (2012) ‘Analysing Electroacoustic Music: an Interactive Aural ApproachMusic Analysis , 31 (3), pp. 347-380. ISSN 0262-5245


Bayley, A. and Clarke, M.(2011) Evolution and Collaboration: the composition, rehearsal and performance of Finnissy’s Second String Quartet. Palatine .


Clarke, M (2010) ‘Wind Chimes: An Interactive Aural Analysis’. In: Denis Smalley: Polychrome Portraits. Paris: GRM de l'INA (Radio France). pp. 35-57. ISBN 9782869382114


Clarke, M. and Manning, P. (2009) ‘Valuing Our Heritage: Exploring Spatialisation through Software Emulation of Stockhausen's OktophonieInternational Computer Music Conference Proceedings , 2009, p. 179. ISSN 2223-3881

Clarke, M (2009) ‘Extending Interactive Aural Analysis: Acousmatic Music’. In: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network EMS 09: Heritage and Future, 22nd - 25th June 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Manning, P. and Clarke, M. (2008) ‘EditorialOrganised Sound , 13 (3), pp. 165-166. ISSN 13557718

Clarke, M. and Manning, P. (2008) ‘The influence of technology on the composition of Stockhausen's Octophonie, with particular reference to the issues of spatialisation in a three-dimensional listening environmentOrganised Sound , 13 (3), pp. 177-187. ISSN 13557718

Bayley, A. and Clarke, M. (2008) ‘Interactive strategies for analysing musical structure’. In: Fouth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, 2-6 July 2008, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Clarke, M (2008) Enmeshed IIb [Composition]


Clarke, M (2007) ‘An interactive aural approach to musical analysis’. In: Sixth European Music Analysis Conference, 10-14 October 2007, Freiburg

Clarke, M (2007) Enmeshed II [Composition]

Clarke, M (2007) ‘Technology and the Spiritual in Jonathan Harvey’s Music’. In: Study Day on Jonathan Harvey's Opera 'Wagner Dream', 1 June 2007, Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London


Clarke, M., Watkins, A., Adkins, M. and Bokowiec, M.(2006) Sybil software. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield .

Clarke, M (2006) ‘Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco.’’. In: Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music. London: Routledge. pp. 111-143. ISBN 9780415976299

Clarke, M (2006) ‘From Synthia to Calma to Sybil: developing strategies for interactive learning in music’. In: Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: a Staff Perspective. London, UK: Information Science. pp. 292-308. ISBN 1-59140-962-4


Clarke, M (2005) Enmeshed I and II [Composition]


Clarke, M., Watkins, A., Adkins, M. and Bokowiec, M. (2004) ‘Sybil: Synthesis by Interactive Learning’. In: International Computer Music Conference 2004, 1-6 November 2004, Miami , pp. 1-5


Clarke, M. and Rodet, X. (2003) ‘Real-time FOF and FOG synthesis in MSP and its integration with PSOLA’. In: International Computer Music Conference 2003, 29 October - 4 November 2003, Singapore


Clarke, M. and Rodet, X.(2002) fofb~ and fog~ objects for Max/MSP software and accompanying demonstration/tutorial materials. Paris: IRCAM .

Research Degree Supervision

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