ISSTC 2015

Resonance and Recapitulation: Echo of a Renaissance

In 2011, the first ISSTC was held in Limerick. In 2014, Limerick was the City of Culture, regenerating the diverse and exciting arts practices in the city. In 2015, ISSTC returns to Limerick. In a moment of reflection and on returning to the city of the first convocation, this year’s theme of resonance, recapitulation and renaissance asks contributors to consider past works, old ideas unused, re-birthing projects through new ears and experiences.

Resonance can be something quite specific in sound, from filter design to physical modelling. But we also use resonance metaphorically. We can say something “strikes a chord” with us, or resonates within us.

Recapitulation within music tells the story of origin, departure and return. But the return is never exact; it becomes something else in its story. Recapitulation also asks for different representations of an original idea. Slight changes occur with each iteration, which marginally alter the first conception.

Renaissance means more than just rebirth. It implies that a culture has had new life injected into it. Limerick is experiencing its own renaissance despite the economic woes of the past few years. Artists are engaging across all domains, integrating into the fabric of the city.

This year’s ISSTC welcomes works, papers and workshops that explore these concepts. In the process of making sense of our experiences, memories are re-evaluated and re-worked, allowing us to create something that is both new and a recapitulation of what has gone before. An echo exists like a memory, but is it an artefact or a new object in its own right?

The fifth annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC2015) is hosted by the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College, August 12-13, 2015. Events will be in venues in Limerick City Centre.

Support from Mary Immaculate College | Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick | Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, University of Limerick | Ormston House | FabLab | Hunt Museum |

Registration available on Early bird registration until July 25.

Schedule | Accommodation | Travel


Professor Miller Puckette,
Dr Ximena Alarcón,


Chair of Papers/Posters: Jacqueline Walker
Chair of Workshops: Jürgen Simpson
Chair of Sound Art/Installations: Nicholas Ward
Chairs of Music: Linda O’Keeffe and Kerry Hagan

Organising Committee

Kerry Hagan
Tony Langlois
Linda O’Keeffe
Jürgen Simpson
Jacqueline Walker
Nicholas Ward


Wednesday, August 12

8:30 Registration – Dance Limerick

Paper Session 1 – Dance Limerick – Chair: Robin Parmar

9:00 Thomas Lysaght, Joseph Timoney Modal Distribution Phase Synthesis using Group Delay
9:30 Joseph Timoney, Antonio Goulart, Victor Lazzarini, Thomas Lysaght and Marcelo Queiroz Implementing Spectral Convolution for Complex FM Signal Generation for Arbitrary Signal Lengths
10:00  Brian Connolly The listening system as a performance medium
10:30  Break
11:00  Keynote 1: Ximena Alarcón – Dance Limerick
12:00  Break

Workshop – FabLab

13:00  Richard Duckworth Contact Microphone Workshop: Piezos and Electronics

Artwalk – Start & end at Ormston House

15:00  J. Booth Juniper
Demelza Kooij, Lars Koens, Pete Smith GRAMINOIDS
Tanya Harris The Architecture of Sound – What Architecture Does Sound Orchestrate?
Micah Frank Reimagined
Steve McCourt & Sabine Bürger Black Garden
Atanas Bozdarov & Johny Bozdarov DNA “Mating Call”
Enda Bates & Kate Fahey Seeing is Believing

 Reception – Ormston House

19:00  Break

Concert 1 – Dance Limerick

20:00  Ximena Alarcón La Fumigacion de La Luna
Brian Connolly Oscima
Richard Garrett Only Now
Rosalia Soria Luz Synthetic Springs

Thursday, August 13

8:30 Registration – Dance Limerick

Paper Session 2 – Dance Limerick – Chair: Brian Bridges

9:00 Rosalia Soria Luz State Space Models and Sonification: Composing with Numbers
9:30 Alan Dormer The recontextualization of public space through site-specific art
10:00  Keynote 2: Miller Puckette – Dance Limerick
11:00  Break

Paper Session 3 – Dance Limerick – Chair: Rosalia Soria Luz

11:30 Robin Parmar Digital Angst and The Phenomenology of Discontinuity
12:00 Brian Bridges & Ricky Graham Embodied Resonances and Thoughts of Electroacoustic Music: What can we learn from theorising disembodied sound using embodied schemas?
12:30  Break
13:45  ISSTA Annual General Meeting – Dance Limerick
Note: Everyone who has registered is a member of ISSTA and welcome to join the Annual General Meeting
15:45  Free time to revisit artworks

Concert 2 – Dance Limerick

 19:30  Stephen Roddy Doom & Gloom
Roberto Zanata Nero siderale
Thomas Dempster melt
Kevin Logan DJ Pedagog


Dance Limerick (St John’s Church)

Fab Lab

Ormston House

Other Locations

Art is also being held at the following locations:

Hunt Museum

Limerick Printmakers


The Pier Hotel
061 317 179

400 m €49/night room only

Savoy Hotel
061 448 700

450 m €105/night B&B€90/night room only
Ask for corporate rate

The George Boutique Hotel
061 460 400

450 m €69/night
Ask for corporate rate

The Strand Hotel
061 421 800

650 m Prices on website

Best Western Pery’s
061 413 822

750 m €59/night B&B
€52/night room only
€81.50/night double

Limerick City Hotel
061 207 000

850 m €59/nightAsk for Vanessa

Pery One
061 402 402

950 m €165/night

Clarion Hotel
061 444 100

1.2 km €100/night single
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By plane: Shannon Airport. Bus Éireann runs bus 51 (faster) and 343 from the airport to Limerick City Centre. Taxis are about €40.
By train: Colbert Station serves Dublin, Cork and Galway/Ennis trains – Irish Rail website
By car: Limerick can be reached by N18, M20 and M7 from Galway, Cork and Dublin, respectively.

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