Electronic pieces at SHINDIG

Monday 22nd October, 2007

Below is information on some of the pieces played at our SHINDIG listening space. The 'winners' of the competition were Fergus Kelly and Ian McDonnell.

Fergus Kelly is an Irish visual and sound artist/improvisor based in Dublin. His has been in numerous shows nationally and internationally, and has received many Arts Council awards. As an improvisor, he plays an invented instrument called The Cabinet of Curiosities. In 2005/6 he established a CDR label and website, roomtemperature.org, as an outlet for his solo and collaborative work, producing the CDs UNMOOR (2005), MATERIAL EVIDENCE (2006), BEVEL (2006) (with David Lacey), A HOST OF PARTICULARS (2007) and STRANGE WEATHER (2007)

The piece Overheard Overhead is from the Room Temperature CDR Strange Weather (2007). It explores a variety of urban and suburban landscapes using the natural sound colour and dynamic of the locations as compositional elements. These interact in a way that seeks to encourage new forms of listening and a more active, engaged relationship with the soundscape.

My work is concerned with exploring new soundworlds, and the place of sound in a visually overloaded culture. I'm fascinated by audio-visual relationships in various contexts - film, architecture, weather, memory, and how these senses are always linked: we never see deaf or hear blind. But since the introduction of sound film, then TV, the two senses got unnaturally separated - picture first, then sound.
I'm very interested in the fact that sound is perceived from numerous points in space as an immersive, unified field, whereas vision is only perceived from specific points of focus. Unlike our eyes, we can't  close our ears. Fergus Kelly, October 2007

Karen Power is a composer based between Cork and Limerick. She works as a Music Technician in Mary Immaculate College and is also a part-time PhD student at SARC, Queen’s University Belfast. Karen is interested in writing for a wide variety of focuses that include the use of; acoustic instruments, electro acoustic sounds, electronics and computer enhanced sounds. To date she has explored a number of musical styles in her compositions and has had her works performed by a number of talented musicians – for which she is grateful! She has just been awarded an experimentation award at the Belltable Theatre in Limerick providing the opportunity for a new work to be exhibited throughout Nov. 2008.

are you sure you’re hearing what’s written is a tape piece completed in 2007. The piece explores a variety of sonic worlds that move through each other very smoothly and with a sense of purpose. This piece started out as the tape part for a Bass Clarinet piece. I soon realised that I was a lot more interested in what the tape was developing into so I turned all attentions to developing this solo tape piece. I hope you get something out of the result.

Benoit Granier is a French Composer who currently lives between Beijing and Singapore. in 2007 he completed a PhD degree in Computer Music and Composition at Trinity College Dublin, where he also lectured for some time. After working in diverse institutions such as the Beijing Central Conservatory and Beijing contemporary Music Academy, he Moved to the Harrow school were he is currently teaching Computer Music, and Composition.

Over the past ten years, Dr Granier has also been active as a composer/ visual artist. He has written for a large diversity of medium that ranges from composition for solo instruments (he is currently writing the last piece of a suite of twelve pieces for solo instruments) to composition for large orchestra. He has also extensively worked for Mixed Media and pure electronics, and recently developed an interest for the creation of composition for mixed ensemble regrouping classical formation and traditional forces.

Dr Granier’s composition has been played in Ireland, France, UK, China, Japan, Singapore and America. He has also been invited into numerous conferences such as the Open Fader in Belfast or the Computer Music Festival in Florida, and has been an active published scholar in the field of composition, Music analysis and Music cognition.

[1] “Vespers 1.0: From Chaos to order” (8.40 minutes) for solo tape diffused in stereo

“Timbre is that attribute of auditory sensation whereby a listener can judge two similarly presented sounds that are dissimilar using any criteria other than pitch, loudness or duration”.

The birth of “Vespers 1.0: From Chaos to order” came from another tape work called “Outcast” which focused on the notion of the physical expansion of the universe. During “Outcast”, I started to become interested by the notion of subtractive synthesis theories, and I started to work on the filtering of noise. This led me to rethink the notion of spectralism where we could filter complex sound and then add them together once again in order to recreate complex tones. In this piece, which is resolutely quite, even intimate at some times, one can hear sounds like a clarinet or bassoon which are created only by the addition of sounds that have been processed using four types of noise (brown, filtered, ink and white). This composition is rooted on a personal reflection about color tone creation and organization as a formalized tool for composition.  

Montec Laude is interested in algorithmic sound synthesis on all time scales. He views his music as a by-product of the process of learning about pattern generators. Individual pieces are snapshots of experimental results where the aim is to create sounds which have the character and subtle variation of real acoustic ones. www.montec-laude.net

Garrett Sholdice
In the past five years, Garrett has had his music performed by, amongst others, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Concorde Ensemble, Trio Arbós, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, American pianist Matthew McCright, the Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble, and members of both the Crash Ensemble and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. His music has been performed in New York, Dublin, York, at the Galway Arts Festival, the Sligo New Music Festival, the Printing House Festival of New Music and at the Spitalfields Festival in London.

He has been awarded the National Chamber Choir's annual Gerard Victory Commission (2002) and the National Concert Hall's Composer's Choice Commission (2005). In September 2007 he was commissioned by Irish chamber choir New Dublin Voices, with funds from the Irish Arts Council.

As an undergraduate in Trinity College, Dublin, Garrett studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy. A Professional Development and Training Award from the Irish Arts Council and a Rosalyn Lyons Masters Scholarship supported his MA in composition at the University of York during the academic year 2006/2007. He is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of York with Prof. Nicola LeFanu.

Garrett is a co-director of the Printing House Festival of New Music (www.printinghousefestival.org). His website can be found at www.garrettsholdice.com.   

DURATIONS (2007) for ‘tape’. Music for the choreography of the same name by Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, U.K.) student, Liv O’Donoghue, composed during February/March 2007. Durations (Liv O’Donoghue’s major choreography project) was twice performed by students of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K.) in the Riley Theatre, NCSD in March 2007. A musique concréte study. Pacing and structure was shaped by the choreography.

Ian Mc Donnell (b. 1979) - composer

Ian Mc Donnell is a Dublin based musician and composer. He recently completed a Masters in Music and Media Technology at Trinity College Dublin, where he studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Fergus Johnston. He has been making electronic music for many years as one half of duo Lakker (with Dara Smith), described in the JMI as “one of the best electronic acts in Ireland”, and more recently with new projects Lomelindi (alongside vocalist Laura Kilty) and Jenny-and-the-Deadites (with Jennifer Brannagan). He is a member of the Young Composer's Collective, and also the Spatial Music Collective, a group of Irish composers specialising in surround sound and multi-channel music.

In the past he has written works for both electronic and acoustic forces, including ‘Mi Koso Yasukere’ for 6 voices, piano, string quartet and tape, which was premiered in the O’ Reilly June 2006. More recently he performed his electronic work ‘New Music for Wind and Metal’ at the ‘Free State’ concert with the Crash Ensemble in November 2006, performed in a piano and laptop duo with composer Roger Doyle at the Project Arts Centre in February 2007, and played a set of live improvised electronics at the CMC as part of Dublin’s Culture Night, September 2007.

Currently he is working on new music for performance in early 2008, and is getting ready to embark on a tour promoting “Ruido”, the debut album for electronic act Lakker, which has just been released on Lazybird records.


Contact Details:
Phone: 087 775 8768
Email: eomac1 [at] gmail.com
Web:    www.myspace.com/ianmcdonnellmusic

Coil is an electronic work based mainly on the sounds of violin strings and the inside strings of a piano being manipulated and processed in various ways.  These create a multi-layered texture over which angular rhythmical patterns, melodic fragments, voices and harsh noise are heard. It is a rhythmical piece, but in a minimalistic way, drawing its influences equally from modern electronic musicians such as Autechre and more avant-garde sound-worlds.

Title:   Heterosexual Extrovert
Year of composition: 2007
Composer: Brian Ledwidge Flynn (1977 – )
Dur: 2'52''

Quarter tone study using 6 electronically manipulated pianos

Artists: The Greater Periscope Orchestra (The GPO)
Track: Lost (Extract)
Album: Lost Stereo
Year: 2007

A soundscape piece featuring interviews with Nasa and University of Berkeley California scientists at the Space Sciences Lab on the campus. The focus is on the emotions tied into satellites that have been lost, or accidentally broken. The work was part of a residency there at the Space Sciences Lab, and part a desire to bring random performance to the stars. This work was preformed at the Luggage Gallery in San Francisco.