Michael was born in Cheshire, England, in 1968. He studied oboe and later composition at Bristol University with Adrian Beaumont, and began his teaching career at the age of 22 at Dartington College of Arts and has been active as a university teacher ever since. In 1991, Michael emigrated to California for further studies in computer music with John Chowning at Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University. In 1995 he lived in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts and worked at IRCAM in the Pompidou Centre. After finishing his doctorate at Stanford in 1996, he worked as a consultant software engineer in Silicon Valley, developing a Document Recognition System that is now in use in several US hospitals. He was also concurrently Lecturer in Music Theory at Stanford until. in 1997 he received an offer of a Guest Professorship for Music and the Internet at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria. At the Mozarteum, Michael taught classes in Algorithmic Composition, Programming Techniques, and Web Design and also developed the university’s web site from 1997-2000.