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New Music Dublin



DMARC / CSIS member  presents an instillation as part of New Music Dublin Festival

Sound art is a very direct way of engaging with art – you can appreciate it with your eyes closed. NMD has gathered together three of Ireland’s foremost sound artists to make new works for New Music Dublin and install it in individual spaces within the NCH for you to explore and experience.
SOUNDS LIKE ART can be experienced throughout the festival, 1st – 4th March, 11am-10pm across various spaces in the NCH.
Ask a festival staff member in the NCH foyer for information and directions.
This is a free, unticketed event.

Ambient @ 40 – University of Huddersfield – Conference on Brian Eno’s Music for Airports



In the forty years since the release of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports the concept and aesthetics of ambient music have proliferated, influencing artists as diverse as Taylor Deupree, Steven Wilson, David Lynch and The Orb, infusing drone, microsound, minimalism and experimental electronic music as well as aspects of contemporary instrumental music. The aim of this two-day conference is to appraise ambient music in relation to Eno’s milestone release.

DMARC / CSIS member Dr. Neil O Connor is presening a paper entitle ‘Diffusing the Norm’ – abstract here



Sounding Out The Space – An International Conference on the Spatiality of Sound

DMARC members Mikael Fernstrom and Neil O Connor present papers and Octophonic electro-acoustic works at Sounding Out The Space. This conference is hosted by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Dublin School of Creative Arts and GradCAM. It is generously supported by the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI), the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC), the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the Solstice Gallery, the Spatial Music Collective and the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association.


The Curious Hand – Guardian Review

CSIS Music Technology Masters graduate Seamus Fogarty’s new electronic folk music album The Curious Hand has received numerous excellent reviews this month with both a five and a four start review from The Guardian:

Contemporary Music Centre – Preview new 8 Channel works by Neil O Connor

Neil O’Connor recently attended a two-week composer residency at the Conservatory of Music, Seia in Portugal. The residency was funded by the Arts Council and the Dublin-based composer worked on a number of 8 channel electro-acoustic pieces during his time there. He spoke to CMC about the residency.

Read more here –

Simon Fraser University 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert features works by Jürgen Simpson

Simon Fraser University Vancouver’ 9th Sept. 50th Anniversary concert focused on a collaboration between DMARC member Jürgen Simpson and Canadian poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. The concert featured one of Canada’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music, soprano Heather Pawsey and Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble with conductor Owen Underhill. The works performed were extracts from the forthcoming operatic scale work “Air India [redacted]” which will be premiered at SFU’s Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre from November 6th to 11th. Air India [Redacted] explore issues of silence and longing in the 30th year since the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, Canada’s worst act of aviation terror.

ISSTC 2015

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association returns to Limerick this year for its fifth annual Convocation (ISSTC 2015) on August 12-13. The theme, “Resonance and Recapitulation: Echoes of a Renaissance,” focuses on Limerick City, the place of the first Convocation ever held and City of Culture for 2014.

Events include papers, workshop, sound art installations and concerts. Keynote speakers are Ximena Alarcón and Miller Puckette. Alarcón is a fascinating sound artist from Mexico based in the UK. Puckette was the creator of Max and Pd, software for music creation used all over the world.

Registration is required for papers, keynotes, workshop and reception. Concerts are included with registration or €10 at the door. The art is free to the public. Venues are Dance Limerick, Limerick Printmakers, Hunt Museum, FabLab and Ormston House.

Details about registration, schedule and venues will be posted on

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Open Call: Light Moves festival of screendance

Call for Papers & Presentations

Following the open call for films, Light Moves Festival of Screendance is pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2015: ‘Peeling away the layers’ The symposium sits within a festival and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max 20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.

SYMPOSIUM THEME The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘Peeling away the layers’. Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Screendance as a language for social, cultural and political conversations.
  • Let’s talk about digital: Challenging the allure of High Definition/The ubiquitous camera/Primitive technologies, embracing artefact and rediscovering lo-fi
  • Screendance conventions and the interplay between mainstream and experimental practices
  • Mediating and experiencing time in screendance (uninterrupted, compressed and expanded time)
  • Harnessing performativity; liveness in screendance
  • Confronting stereotype (body, dance, location)

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Tony Doyle at Spatial Sound Hack Lab

PhD Candidate Tony Doyle has been selected to participate at the Spatial Sound Hack Lab working on the 4DSound system. Tony will be using his own spatial application to explore the possibilities of this unique speaker array.

Hosted by CDM (, Ableton, Liine, and Fiber at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 10h Saturday 18 October – 21h Sunday 19 October.

“What’s possible when the experience of sound can happen in more dimensions? We invite artists and hackers to explore the 4DSOUND system using a variety of tools of their own choice, culminating in new experiments in sound, music, and performance.”

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