Board of Officers

Dr Brian Bridges

President

Brian Bridges is a composer/sonic artist and researcher from Dublin. Since 2008 he has been based in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he works at Ulster University’s School of Creative Arts and Technologies. He co–founded Ulster’s BA/BSc in Creative Technologies and has also developed new music technology options at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Brian is a graduate of the MPhil in Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin, studying composition with Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Jürgen Simpson. Following this, he studied microtonal music with Glenn Branca and Tony Conrad in the US. He completed his PhD, also on the subject of microtonality, at Maynooth University, supervised by Victor Lazzarini.

He is a founder–member of the Dublin–based Spatial Music Collective and his compositions have been programmed at festivals in Europe, the Americas and China. He has received support and commissions from arts organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Contemporary Music Centre and Resonance FM. He is also an editorial board member for Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture.

Much of Brian’s work is inspired by connections between perceptual processes and creative practices. His creative work includes sound–based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition, including microtonal and spatial music. Other interests include applying current theories of perception and cognition to the design of performance systems and interfaces.

president@issta.ie
www.brianbridges.net.

Dr Jenn Kirby

Vice-President

Dr. Jenn Kirby is a composer, performer, lecturer and music technologist. Jenn works as the Programme Director for BA Music Performance and Production at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she teaches composition and music technology. Her output includes contemporary instrumental composition, electroacoustic music, sound art, noise music, laptop orchestraperformance and solo live electronics. Her work has been performed in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Jenn is very active in the performance of electronic music as a performer and a sofware developer. She builds software and re-purposes controllers as musical interfaces to create and perform theatrical and often humourous live electronic music.
She is founder and director of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra, a performing member of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra and a committee member of the Association of Irish Composers. Jenn also serves on the board of the International Alliance of Women in Music.

vice-president@issta.ie
www.jennkirby.com.

Dr Rob Casey

Secretary

Dr. Rob Casey is a composer, pianist, researcher and lecturer. His compositions have been performed at various festivals in Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Poland. He is co-founder, along with percussionist David Lacey and composer Conal Ryan, of the new music concert series Reception in Dublin.

Rob lectures in Experimental Music, Composition, Performance and Musicology at Ulster University and in 2018 founded IPO, Ulster University’s Experimental Music group. As a pianist he has developed a vocabulary that draws upon free improvisation, electronics, and extended techniques. His published research focuses upon contemporary composition and performance practice.

secretary@issta.ie

Robin Parmar

Treasurer

Robin Parmar is a media artist whose international portfolio includes experimental texts (“Tragedy of the Sun and Stars”, Stolen Mirror, 2011), electroacoustic music (“The Drones”, Stolen Mirror, 2013), field recording (“…between…” with David Colohan, Gruenrekorder, 2014), non-narrative film (“Division by Zero” for Kim Cascone’s Drone Cinema Festival, 2016), dance (“Boundary Conditions” with Angie Smalis, Light Moves: International Festival of Screendance, 2014), and audio installations (“In that place, the air was very different”, Echo Echo Dance, Derry-Londonderry, 2016). Publications span diverse subjects: psychoacoustics, post-punk music, science-fiction, field recording, radiophonics, cybernetics, and radical philosophy. Recent awards include a residency at the Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh, 2016), resident artist at Invisible Places (The Azores, 2017), and an Arts Council Bursary (2017). Robin is currently a doctoral student at De Montfort University (Leicester) and a lecturer at the University of Limerick.

treasurer@issta.ie
www.robinparmar.com

Dr Stephen Roddy

Public Relations & Web Manager

 

Dr. Stephen Roddy is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating Auditory Display for Large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) Networks, and Human-computer Interaction (HCI) solutions for Smart City data driven by machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) principles at  The Connect Centre, Trinity College Dublin. His research explores novel sonic strategies for representing, understanding, interacting with, and leveraging complex data. Stephen employs an empirical approach to multidisciplinary research, undertaking investigations in both Computer Science and the Sonic Arts. His work has been widely disseminated through peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and conferences.
Stephen applies his research in creative and cultural contexts developing augmented reality systems, generative music systems, musical compositions, fixed-media pieces and installations. He collaborates with artists, dancers, choreographers, and musicians. His work in this field has been described as “quirky, odd, heavy electronic instrumental” music which is “raw, rhythmic, primal yet playful” and “searingly powerful and a sheer joy to behold”. Stephen is also reviews editor for the Interference Journal.

web-info@issta.ie
www.stephenroddy.com

 

Dr Róisín Loughran

Public Relations & Web Manager (joint)