Professor Michael Rofe
Chair of Creative Connected Communities
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.