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Brian Bridges

Brian Bridges

Lecturer (Creative Technologies and Music)

School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Ulster University
Magee campus, Northland Road

Derry/Londonderry BT48 7JL
Work: (028) 716-75407

Education:

  1. PhD: 'Towards a Perceptually–grounded Theory of Microtonality' (music composition/theory/technology)
  2. National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2013
  3. MPhil (taught) Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College Dublin, 2003
  4. BA in Music and English, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2001

Subjects:

CT:
Lecturer in Creative Arts/Creative Technology
Music:
Lecturer in Creative Arts/Creative Technology

Programmes:

BSc Hons Creative Technologies (CT)
Module Co-ordinator - Interactive Systems 3 Module Co-ordinator - Final Project: Theory and Context Module Co-ordinator - Electroacoustic Composition and Sound Design Technologies Module Co-ordinator - Form, Perception and Cognition Module Co-ordinator - Interactive Systems 1
BMus Hons Music (Music)
Module Co-ordinator - Interactive Music Systems Module Co-ordinator - Electroacoustic Composition and Sound Design Technologies Module Co-ordinator - Desktop Audio Production 2
MMus Master of Music (Music)
Supervisor - Major Project Lecturer - Specialism 1 Supervisor - Minor Project 2: Music Lecturer - Specialism 2 Supervisor - Minor Project 1: Music

Biography:

Brian Bridges is a composer and researcher whose work spans the fields of spatial sound-based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and instrumental music, with particular interests in microtonality, just intonation and drone-based music. Other research interests include theories of perception and cognition for contemporary music and creative technologies. His pieces have been programmed at festivals in Europe, the Americas and China and he is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre. He has undertaken composition studies in Ireland with Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Jürgen Simpson (Trinity College Dublin) and Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth), in addition to private studies in the US with Glenn Branca and Tony Conrad. Brian is a founder-member of the Dublin-based Spatial Music Collective, a group supporting the performance of new electroacoustic and mixed-media works by Irish and international composers. He is also an editor of Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture and is Vice President of ISSTA: the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association.

Research:

Compositions and installations:

 

Anthem and Icon.  (with Joe McLaughlin). ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology, the Thatched Cottage, Craft Village, Derry, September 7th-9th, 2016. http://issta.ie

Anthem for Diffuse Territories (multichannel electroacoustic with spoken–word performance and text by Dr Paul Moore, AnNua Productions). . Presented at Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II, TCD Department of Music, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, 23rd April, 2016. https://ideosite.wordpress.com/ | Featured on RTÉ Lyric FM Culture File, 29th April, 2016. Also presented at Listen | Compose | Perform (Association of Irish Composers, curated by Karen Power), Dublin, 3rd June 2016.

Soundtrack (electroacoustic compositions) for Home (AnNua Productions), theatre production exploring emigrant/immigrant identities, Liverpool John Moores University and Waterside Theatre, Derry/Londonderry, June/July 2015. http://annuaproductions.com/

4 Derry Soundscapes (4 miniature installed/embedded pieces), Austins Department Store, Derry, 6th December 2013

An 18th Century Requiem (in a 19th Century Container) for 20th Century Derry in the 21st Century (composition for installation), Austins Department Store, Derry, 5th/6th December, 2013

Ripples of Inertia Bells (electroacoustic/radiophonic composition for binaural stereo), commissioned by Resonance FM/Resonance@Void, broadcast November 8th 2013

A Space for Tension (erhu, 2 violins, electronics) perfomed by TiMi Ensemble at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music as part of Beijing Irish Festival, March 2012

Collapsing Old Buildings (multichannel site-specific sound installation), commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre(CMC) for Dublin Culture Night 2011/CMC 25th Anniversary, September 2011

Making Ghosts from Empty Landscapes (pipa, erhu, uillean pipes, 2 violins, electronics), perfomed by TiMi Ensemble at La Plantation, Beijing, March 2010

Spectral Spaces (multichannel sound installation), commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC), for Dublin Culture Night 2009, September 2009

The River Sings (sound design and software design for collaborative mixed-media piece); collaboration with Paul Moore (installation), composition by Frank Lyons, performed by countertenor Mark Chambers, hardware systems by Greg O’Hanlon), Void Gallery, Derry, City of Song Festival, September 2009

Conduit (multichannel tape), Spatial Music Collective 8.4, National Concert Hall, Dublin, June 2009; Spatial Music Collective Retrospective Dublin Fringe Festival, CHQ Building, September 2009; Spatial Music Collective presents the Dublin Guitar Quartet, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, August 2010; Spatial Music Collective at SARC, QUB, January 2012

Compositions can be heard here and here.

Conference papers and articles:

Further details on research papers and articles can be found on my Academia.edu profile

‘Competing Attractions, Orbital Decay and the Music of the Spheres: Force–based relational dynamics for organizing space and timbre in performance using physical modelling’. (with R. Graham). Korean Electro–Acoustic Music Society Annual Conference. Seoul, October 13th–14th. http://keams.org/emille/actualevents.html Proceedings forthcoming

‘Embodied Crosstalk and Psycho–technological Spaces: applying embodied image schema theory to the audiovisual language of Enemy (dir. Villeneuve, 2013)’ (with A. Melvin)
Music and Visual Cultures International Conference, Maynooth University, 21st–23rd July and Cinesonika 5, Ball State University, Indiana, Sept 30th-Oct 2nd, 2016. http://cinesonika.com

'Sounding Human with Data’.(with S. Roddy) ‘MusTWork16 Conference, University College Dublin, 10th June, 2016. Proceedings: http://www.ucd.ie/mustwork2016/

‘Sounding Metaphors in Early Electronic Music’s History: the interaction of technological affordances, conceptual metaphors and aesthetics.’ (with R. Graham) Presented at Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II, TCD Department of Music, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, 24th April, 2016. https://ideosite.wordpress.com/

‘Embodied Resonances and Thoughts of Electroacoustic Music: What can we learn from theorising disembodied sound using embodied schemas?’ (with R. Graham), Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation 2015, University of Limerick, August 2015.

 ‘Electroacoustic Music as Embodied Cognitive Praxis: Denis Smalley’s theory of spectromorphology as an implicit theory of embodied cognition’ (with R. Graham), EMS (Electroacoustic Music Studies) 2015 Conference, University of Sheffield, UK, June 2015. Proceedings forthcoming. http://www.ems-network.org/spip.php?rubrique48

‘Accessibility and dimensionality: enhanced real-time  creative independence for digital musicians with quadriplegic cerebral palsy’   (with B. McCloskey and F. Lyons, Ulster University): NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) conference 2015, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2015, June 2015. Available at: https://nime2015.lsu.edu/proceedings/250/index.html

‘Managing Musical Complexity with Embodied Metaphors’ (with R. Graham, Stevens Institute of Technology), NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) conference 2015, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2015, June 2015. Available at: https://nime2015.lsu.edu/proceedings/303/index.html

 ‘Strategies for Spatial Music Performance: the practicalities and aesthetics of responsive systems designs’ (with Ricky Graham, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA). In: Lyon, E. (ed.) Divergence Press, Issue 3: Spatial Sound: Creative Practice in Electroacoustic Music (December 2014). Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield Press, UK, http://www.divergencepress.com/ (ISSN 2052-3467)

‘Gesture and Embodied Metaphor in Spatial Music Performance Systems Design’ (with Ricky Graham, Stevens Institute of Technology), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London, July 2014; in Caramiaux, B., Tahiroğlu, K., Fiebrink, R. and  Tanaka, A. (Editors), Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2014, available at: http://nime2014.org/proceedings/NIME2014-Proceedings.pdf (ISSN: 2220-4792 (Print), 2220-4806 (Online), 2220-4814 (USB)), pp.581–584. 

'Mapping and Meaning: embodied metaphors and non–localised structures in performance system design' (with Ricky Graham, Stevens Institute of Technology), Re–New 2013 Digital Arts Festival and Conference, Copenhagen, October 2013; proceedings: Re–New 2013 Proceedings (ISSN: 2245-7801): available online at: http://www.l--l.dk/downloadables/re-new_2013_conference_proceeding.pdf

'Loose Coupling and Gestural Structures in Spatial Music Performance Systems' (with Ricky Graham, Stevens Institute of Technology), Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), August 2013

‘Can Sound Function in Music?’ Society for Musicology in Ireland annual conference, University of Ulster, May 2010

‘Can Harmony be Non-Linear? a response to some of Glenn Branca’s ‘25 Questions’’ Society for Musicology in Ireland annual conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, May 2008

'Product of Culture-Clash: the Theatre of Eternal Music and the early New York Downtown Scene', Irish Association for American Studies annual conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, April 2008

PhD Thesis on Microtonality:

Bridges, Brian  (2012) Towards a Perceptually–grounded Theory of Microtonality: issues in sonority, scale construction and auditory perception and cognition. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Available to download from Maynooth library: http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/6737/

Guest lectures:

‘Experimental Music as ‘Environ–Mental’: what music’s fringes can tell us about how we view     and create our world’, Humanities Forum, College of Arts and Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA, February 2014

‘How to Dispose of the Body: on musical problems and bodily solutions’, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA, February 2014

Memory and Music’, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing (Composition Department), October 2013

'Microtones/Macro-scale: Microtonal Composition and Perception': Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (Composition Department), March 2012

'Collapsing Musical Scale(s): Microtonal Music in Theory and Practice', MPhil in Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College Dublin, December 2011

'Between Notes and Noise: Microtonal Composition': Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China Electro-Acoustic Music Centre) and Peking University (MA in Digital Media), March 2010

'Composing Angels at the Shotgun Wedding', MA/MSc in Music Technology, University of Limerick, April 2008

 

Research Interests:

Composition and creative applications of technology - electroacoustic, microtonal, intermedia composition
sound-based installations, auditory perception and music cognition, American experimental music

Professional Memberships and External Roles

Spatial Music Collective

Interference: a Journal of Audio Culture, Trinity College Dublin (ISSN: 2009-3578): editorial board member

Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland: represented composer

Irish Sound Science and Technology Association (ISSTA): Vice President

Current and Recent Research Students:

(with Prof. F. Lyons)

Ricky Graham (completed 2012): Currently in tenure-track post at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey |  Project title: Expansion of Electronic Guitar Performance Practice through the Application and Development of Interactive Digital Music Systems | Web: http://rickygraham.com/

Brendan McCloskey (completed 2014): Project title: inGrid: A new tactile and accessible digital musical instrument for enhanced creative independence amongst musicians with quadriplegic cerebral palsy | https://twitter.com/brendan_mcclosk

John King (completed 2015): Currently R&D at Sensum.co, Belfast. Previously (2015/16) Lecturer (Music Technology and Production) at Dundalk Institute of Technology | Project topic: Rhythmic Interaction Design for Electronic Music: multitouch technologies, affordances, embodied image schemas and performance practice

Mike Nielsen (current, Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship, Lecturer in Jazz at Dublin Institute of Technology): Project topic: Guitar-based Microtonal Systems | Web: http://www.dit.ie/conservatory/staff/mikenielsen/

Eamonn McCrossan (current): Project topic: Composition and Music Performance Systems | https://twitter.com/EMC1874

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