ISSTA 2021: TIDES: An ISSTA Anthology

2021 marks ten years of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association!

We celebrate this history with the launch of TIDES: AN ISSTA ANTHOLOGY.

This compilation album captures a selection of the vast array of artistic work shared at ISSTA events over the past ten years.

More about TIDES: An ISSTA Anthology

Tides: An ISSTA Anthology captures important works by 24 artists who have featured at ISSTA events over the past ten years. This represents a cross-section of a rich history of activity in electronic and acousmatic music, soundscape composition, live performances, and sound installations.

The album is available on Bandcamp via the Stolen Mirror record label, and will be featured on SARC Radio later in 2021.

Find full info on the artists and tracks featured on the album in the linear notes, available when you download the album for free on Bandcamp.

Album Premiere and Launch Party

In July 2021, ISSTA launched Tides: An ISSTA Anthology with a livestream premiere on YouTube and an online launch party on Zoom. During the online launch party, ISSTA President Jenn Kirby hosted a conversation with some of the founders of ISSTA Dr Kerry Hagan, Dr Linda O Keefe and Dr Tony Langois. This was followed by a conversation with many of the artists featured on TIDES: An ISSTA Anthology, about their work and their experiences at ISSTA events over the years.

Ten Years of ISSTA

Since its foundation at the University of Limerick by Dr Kerry Hagan, ISSTA has hosted conferences and festivals featuring papers, concerts, workshops, and installations. ISSTA represents a diverse community of musicians, researchers, technologists, makers, and artists, within Ireland and beyond. Its goal is the transdisciplinary promotion of research and creativity in sound.

Find out more about ISSTA’s history, mission and the current board.

Learn more about each ISSTA event of the past ten years 2011-2020

A decade of ISSTA events in pictures

Reflections on ISSTA

“ISSTA has partnered with universities and institutions throughout Ireland to create convivial gatherings for our communities, and now we partner with Stolen Mirror to offer an audible glimpse into some of the work presented at those gatherings. As we reflect on the past ten years through this release, we begin to imagine what the next ten years might look and sound like, and how we can continue to support our creative communities.”

– Dr Jenn Kirby, ISSTA President.

“ISSTA was one of the first organisations in Ireland that connected those of us working in sound from across all spectrums of research and creative practice. It brought attention to what was happening in Ireland by bringing international speakers and artists to the community, for our annual events, and opened up a space for new networks and collaborations to emerge. It was so important for me to be part of this group while doing my PhD, which is normally a very solitary experience.”

– Dr Linda O’Keeffe, Head of the School of Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh University.

“At ISSTA I have consistently experienced extraordinary work from thoughtful artists and scholars who are open to unique perspectives on sound and music, and who are enthusiastic about sharing and engaging with the community.”

– John C.S. Keston, composer, sound artist, and creative coder.


Thanks to the ISSTA partners: University of Limerick, CIT, Cork School of Music, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design, National University Ireland, Maynooth, Mary Immaculate College, Ulster University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, MediSouP, and Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.