Dr Jenn Kirby
Dr. Jenn Kirby is a composer, performer, lecturer and music technologist. Jenn works as the Programme Leader for MA Music at the University of the West of Scotland. Her output includes experimental pop, contemporary instrumental composition, electroacoustic music, sound art, noise music, laptop orchestra works 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 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.
Dr Robin Parmar
Vice-President and 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.
Dr Rob Casey
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.
Dr John D’Arcy
John D’Arcy is an artist and researcher based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). His research interests include technology-mediated live performance, voice-based intermedia artwork, and participatory song-making. Lecturing in Digital Media at Queen’s University Belfast, John delivers courses in interactive media, radio production and audio production. John currently directs experimental vocal ensemble HIVE Choir and curates sound art and exhibitions at Sonorities Festival, Belfast.
John’s work has been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and Resonance FM, and featured at The Science Museum, London; Belfast Festival at Queen’s; and Happy International Samuel Beckett Festival. John’s podcast The Jewel Case (2015-2017) profiled a range of artists in a variety of practices working in Northern Ireland.
Dr Brona Martin
Dr. Brona Martin is a composer and researcher within Creative Music Technology. Her research interests include soundscape composition, immersive surround sound technologies, acoustic ecology and community engagement. Her multi-channel electroacoustic works have included the creative exploration of soundscapes from Ireland, Manchester, West Coast Australia, Spain and Germany. Her works have been performed internationally at EMS, ACMC, ICMC, NYCEMF, ISSTA, L’Espace du Son, Balance/Unbalance, SSSP, iFIMPaC, BEAST FEaST and MANTIS. Brona is currently working with VR and Gaming technologies to create virtual spaces which will explore her research interests in acoustic ecology and spatial audio.
Brona is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Kent working on the AHRC funded project, A Sonic Palimpsest: Revisiting Chatham’s Historic Dockyards. At the University of Kent, Brona is also an Assistant Lecture teaching modules on Critical Listening, Sound-Making and Composition.