Board of Officers

Dr. Linda O’Keeffe

President

Linda O Keeffe is a sound artist based in Lancaster, England. She has a BA in Fine Art from IADT and an MA in Fine Art Virtual Realities at The National College of Art and Design, Ireland in 2004. She received a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Studies in 2008 and a PhD from the Sociology Dept. at Maynooth University in 2013 exploring the ‘Co-construction of Post Industrial Soundscapes’. She is a tenured lecturer at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art at Lancaster University.  She lectures in sound studies and runs a postgraduate program in Social Methods within Arts Research Practice.

O Keeffe has exhibited in China the USA, Canada and Europe. Recent work include a commissioned solo exhibition for the Leitrim Sculpture Centre ‘Spaces of Sound and Radio Spaces’.  Her work is predominantly sound based with a focus on installation and performance. She has created works for radio, dance and public installation projects. In 2010 she released an album with Farpointrecordings, Metamorphosis and Praxis. Her written publications include, ‘Thinking Through New Methodologies-Sounding out the city with teenagers’, published by the Qualitative Sociological Review  2015, ‘Memories of sound: socioeconomic, community and cultural soundscapes of Smithfield, Dublin from the 1950s’ forthcoming (2015) in the 2nd Ed. of the Auditory Culture Reader, and Sound is not a simulation: Methodologies for examining the experience of soundscapes, a book chapter published by IGI Global in ‘Game Sound Technology and Player Interaction: Concepts and Developments’.

In 2014 she was a recipient of the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Award for research, she worked with older adults in the design of sound art using gesture based audio technologies. Along with numerous commissions and arts funding, both in Ireland and internationally,  in 2007 she was awarded a two year Arts Bursary award from the Irish Arts Council in 2007.

She is currently an editor for the online journal, www.interferencejournal.com.

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www.lindaokeeffe.com

Dr. Brian Bridges

Vice-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.

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www.brianbridges.net.

Miriam Lohan

Secretary

Miriam Lohan works in writing, sound and live art. Her background is in theatre, with a BA in Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD (1997), and in Interactive Media (MA, University of Limerick, 2010). She has worked as a facilitator and director with arts and community groups in the production of theatre, film and radio plays; as Outreach Officer for Island Theatre Company School’s Plays Project (1999-2005); as writer for choreographies with Daghdha Dance Company (Reverse Psychologies, 2001) and as Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre (2002 – 2008).
Her sound art works include Ringing Limerick, a concert of over 50 church bells in Limerick City (EV+A, 2007), Vertigo Smith, a piece for harp based on the sonification of falling apples (2008), and Dispersal, a composition based on a childhood idea of music-driven cars (ISSTC 2011). She has been awarded bursaries from the Arts Council, Limerick City Council and Daghdha Dance Company. Her main interests in sound are the elusive ones – timbre, pregnant pauses, and the chance meeting of agreeable elements in the soundscape.

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Dr. Jacqueline Walker

Treasurer

Dr Jacqueline Walker is an electronic engineer who completed her PhD in telecommunications engineering at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia after a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Hons 1) at The University of Western Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the latter university.
Her strong interest in signal processing has been applied across a range of fields including audio, music, speech and biomedical signals. Within the field of audio and music processing she has contributed to or supervised research in polyphonic music transcription, sound source separation, instrument synthesis and instrument recognition. She is with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick but retains close links with colleagues in the Computer Science and Information Systems department where she taught the audio signal processing module and frequently supervises undergraduate and postgraduate student projects and research.

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Dr. Stephen Roddy

Public Relations & Web Manager

Stephen Roddy is an Irish artist and researcher working with sound and music technologies. His artistic work spans installation, data–driven music and sonification, guitar performance, dance, theatre and electroacoustic music composition. It explores the phenomenology of embodiment and examines how the relationship between body and mind influence sound making activities. Stephen holds a PhD in Sonification, the science and art of representing data with sound, form Trinity College Dublin. He also holds a B.Sc in Music Media and Performance Technology and an M.A in Music Technology from the University of Limerick. His academic work employs empirical research methodologies to develop sonification mapping strategies which exploit the listeners embodied cognitive faculties. Stephen is a member of the Orthogonal Methods Group at the CONNECT Centre, the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications.
His recent artistic work has been performed at the Sonorities Contemporary Music Festival, the Helicotrema Recorded Audio Festival at the Punta Della Dogana, National Concert Hall of Ireland for the Contemporary Music Centre’s Salon Series and at the GPO for Dublin Dance Festival’s Embodied at the GPO.
Stephen is currently an editor for the Interference Journal, www.interferencejournal.com.

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