Professor Michael Rofe

Job title
Chair of Creative Connected Communities
Email
michael.rofe@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 255879

Michael is Chair of the Creative Connected Communities research theme at Falmouth University. He leads the Telematics R&I Programme, and the Technology-Enabled Health and Care R&I Programme

Michael's background is in musicology and its links to technology, education and community music. In particular, he is interested in the way in which time is perceived in and through music. This has resulted in a range of outputs, including a monograph (Dimensions of Energy in Shostakovich’s Symphonies, Ashgate, 2012), and an edited volume (Kaija Saariaho: Visions, Narratives, Dialogues, Ashgate 2011). More recently, Michael explored the way in which latency – time delay – behaves when making music live online. This resulted in the Online Orchestra, a £220,000 AHRC-funded project he led from 2014-2016 that aimed to enable children and amateur musicians who live in remote locations to connect together online to make music in real time. It involved a team of 55 researchers and consultants, including 15 colleagues from Falmouth University, and members of the Cornish music and music education communities. It resulted in a performance on 15 July 2015 in which musicians from around Cornwall – including some on the Isles of Scilly who had never had the opportunity to play in an orchestra before – connected together online to perform three new works commissioned as part of the project (see www.onlineorchestra.com/performance).

Having completed a PhD on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich at the University of York, Michael went on to lecture at York St John University before moving to Falmouth. He has also worked as a freelance researcher for Classic FM and Canterbury Christ Church University. Michael teaches aspects of theory, musicology and music technology on the BA(Hons) Music, BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology and BA(Hons) Popular Music courses. 

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2008
PhD, Music
University of York
2003
MA, Music Analysis
University of York
2002
BA, Music
University of York

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2013

FXU (Falmouth-Exeter Student Union) Innovative Teaching Award

2014

Falmouth Staff Excellence Award - Research and Innovation

2017

Reimagine Education - Gold award for Arts and Humanities Projects; Silver Award for European Projects - Online Orchestra

Membership of external committees

AHRC Peer Review College
Editorial Board member - Journal of Music, Technology & Education
Board Member - South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Michael's research interests centre around music theory and analysis, particularly regarding musical energetics and musical time. He specialises in contemporary repertoire and theory, though has also worked extensively with Russian repertoire, particularly that of Shostakovich, and early twentieth century Russian music theory, including the works of Yavorsky, Asafiev and Conus. Michael is particularly interested in temporal proportion in music, specifically symmetry and golden section, and the effect these might have on the perception of time and energy in music. More recently, Michael has specialised in the way in which musical time behaves in latency rich environments, with a view to enabling online performance across multiple locations.

Michael was principal investigator for The Online Orchestra, a project that asks how we can use burgeoning network technologies and creative approaches to composition to give people in remote communities access to the recognised benefits of ensemble music making. The project is funded by the AHRC's Connected Communities and Design highlight, and is being run in collaboration with Bristol University, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Cornwall Music Education Hub.

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

 

Rofe, Michael and Geelhoed, Erik (2017) Composing for a Latency-Rich Environment. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 231-256. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David and Reuben, Federico and Biscoe, Ian and Rofe, Michael (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Computer Hardware and Software. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 185-196. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Geelhoed, Erik and Prior, David and Rofe, Michael (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Microphone Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 213-230. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David and Reeder, Philip and Rofe, Michael and Biscoe, Ian and Murray, Samuel (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Peripheral Equipment. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 197-212. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Rofe, Michael and Geelhoed, Erik and Hodsdon, Laura (2017) Experiencing Online Orchestra - Communities, Connections and Music-Making through Telematic Performance. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 257-276. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Rofe, Michael and Murray, Samuel and Parker, Will (2017) Online Orchestra - Connecting Remote Communities through Music. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 147-166. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Rofe, Michael and Reuben, Federico (2017) Telematic Performance and the Challenge of Latency. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 167-184. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Rofe, Michael (2014) Dualisms of Time. Contemporary Music Review, 33 (4). pp. 341-354. ISSN 0749-4467 Item availability may be restricted.
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Book Chapter

 

Rofe, Michael (2011) Capturing time and giving it form: Nymphéa. In: Kaija Saariaho: Visions, Narratives, Dialogues. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK. ISBN 978-1-4094-2116-0 Item not available from this repository. 

 

Report or Working Paper

 

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reeder, Philip and Murray, Samuel and Parker, Will and Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian (2015) Online Orchestra. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.
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Conference or Workshop Item

 

Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper as part of Network Performance conference, University of Coventry. In: Network Performance Conference, Coventry University. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 

 

 

Rofe, Michael and Biscoe, Ian and Reeder, Philip and Murray, Samuel (2016) Online Orchestra Scalability Study. In: Online Orchestra Scalability Study, 10/11/2016, BSO, Poole, & Jewell Academy, Bournemouth. (Unpublished)
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Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper at Performance Studies Network, Bath Spa. In: Performance Studies Network Conference, Bath Spa University. Item not available from this repository. 

 

 

Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper at York St John University. In: Connect Resound Conference, York St John. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 

 

 

Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper at Network Performance Workshop, Miami. In: Network Performance Workshop, New Symphony Centre, Miami. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 

 

 

Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper at University of Bristol Music Seminar Series. In: University of Bristol Music Seminar Series, University of Bristol. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 

 

Book

 

Rofe, Michael (2012) Dimensions of Energy in Shostakovich's Symphonies. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK. ISBN 9781409407454
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Rofe, Michael and Howell, Tim and Hargreaves, Jon, eds. (2011) Kaija Saariaho: Visions, Narratives, Dialogues​. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK. ISBN 9781409421160 

 

Performance

 

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reuben, Federico (2015) The Online Orchestra: Connecting Remote Communities through Music. [Performance]
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Journal

 

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David (2017) Online Orchestra - Special Issue of Journal of Music, Technology and Education. [Journal] Item availability may be restricted.
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Events

YearDescription
2011

'Shostakovich, Yavorsky and the Tritone'. Conference paper for Russian and Soviet Music: Reappraisal and Rediscovery, Durham University, July 2011

2010

'Nested Proportions in the Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich'. Conference paper for Music and Numbers Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, May 2010

2009

'Dimensions of Energy: Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony'. Conference paper for Royal Musicological Association Research Students’ Conference, King’s College London, January 2009

2008

'Unpacking the Russian Doll: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony'. Conference paper for Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference, September 2008

2006

'Aspects of Structural Similarity in Shostakovich’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies'. Conference paper for Shostakovich 100 Festival and Symposium, Goldsmith’s, University of London, September 2006

2006

'Structural Momentum in the Music of Shostakovich'. University of York Research Seminars, May 2006

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
2014
2016
The Online Orchestra
AHRC
£202,297

The Philharmonia Orchestra; Cornwall Music Education Hub

2016
2017
Online Orchestra - Scalability Study
ACE
£15,000

Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra

Research students

Current research students

Samuel Murray
Will Parker
Tammie Harvey
Sarah Levinsky
Ian Biscoe
Gareth Churcher
Frances Jenkins

Research degrees examined

Michael has examined PhDs both internally and externally.

Teaching

Courses taught

Dissertation
Composition Studies
Timbre
Music Innovations
Music in Culture and Critical Theory

Business engagement

Business engagement case studies

Michael has worked with Yamaha to set up the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Cornwall Music Education Hub to develop the Online Orchestra project.