Brian Bridges

Dr

  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

20072022

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Biography

Brian Bridges is currently serving as Ulster's Research Director (REF Unit Coordinator, Postgraduate Research Degree Tutor) for Music, Drama, Performing Arts and Film and Screen Studies (with the addition of Heritage/Museum Studies)

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (MPhil in Music and Media Technologies) and National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BA in English and Music; PhD in Music) and is a composer/sonic artist, electronic musician and arts-technology researcher. Related to the above degrees, he studied in Ireland with composers Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Jürgen Simpson (TCD) and Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth), in addition to private studies in the US with Glenn Branca (2005) and Tony Conrad (2006) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. In an early, but coincidental, link with Derry, Brian's PhD studies were supported by Maynooth's John and Pat Hume Scholarship.

Research Interests

Much of Brian’s work is inspired by connections between perceptual processes, creative practices and technologies.

Research interests include the application of embodied models to musical practices, sound design, and the design of performance systems and interfaces, including in immersive contexts, with publications in fora including the proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Conference on Auditory Display, International Computer Music Conference, journals including Journal of Sonic Studies and the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces and volumes on sound design, sound spatialisation, and sound in interaction published by Routledge (including Focal Press) and Springer.

Creative outputs include sound–based spatial/immersive installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition, with particular interests in microtonal music. 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.

Other interests include connections between arts and humanities and STEM, and Brian has served as Vice-President and President of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, as well as co-founding the Hearts of STEM (2016-18) and Oscillations and Modulations conference-festivals (2018-present). 

Brian is interested in hearing from potential collaborators or PhD students with project ideas related to the topics above.

 

PhD supervision

(all FT PhDs DEL/DfE or VCRS Scholarship)

Current: 

co-supervised with Prof. F. Lyons and Prof. B. Irvine:

Darragh Morgan (due for completion 2022): PhD by Published Work

co-supervised with Prof. F. Lyons:

Lewis Smith (due for completion, 2022): Inclusive software design enabling disabled and non-disabled musicians to compose and perform music in an immersive virtual environment

Completed: 

co-supervised with Dr Liz Doherty: 

Aidan O'Donnel (completed 2020): Tuning In: Practices in tuning and pitch related inflections in the Donegal fiddle sound community.

co-supervised with Prof. F. Lyons:

Matthew Jacobson (completed 2021): The Space Between: exploring spontaneity, group interaction and social context in improvised performances of motivic compositions

Mike Nielsen (completed 2017): Improvising a System: Microtonal Practices on a Self-Designed Customised Guitar; Lecturer in Jazz, Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music

John King (completed 2015), Topic: Rhythmic Interaction Design for Electronic Music: multitouch technologies, affordances, embodied image schemas and performance practice; Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Dundalk Institute of Technology (2015–16);  Developer and R&D at Sensum Ltd, Belfast (2016–17); Qualcommm (2018–present)

Brendan McCloskey (completed 2014), Topic: Accessible, Inclusive Design of Digital Musical Instrument (DMI)/Performance Systems for Musicians with Cerebral Palsy. Awards:shortlisted for the OHMI/Ars Electronica Prize 2013 and semi–finalist in Georgia Tech 2014 Margaret Guthman Prize.

Ricky Graham (completed 2012), Topic: The Expansion of Electronic Guitar Performance through the Development of Interactive Digital Music Systems; Assistant Professor of Music and Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA (2012–2017); currently founder and CEO at Delta Sound Labs, USA

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maynooth University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

Master, Trinity College Dublin

Award Date: 30 Oct 2003

Bachelor, Maynooth University

Award Date: 11 Sep 2001

External positions

Ulster University representative (Creative Arts and Culture), Irish Humanities Alliance

1 Oct 2019 → …

Editorial board, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

28 Jun 2019 → …

External Examiner: BA in Creative Music Technology, Sound Training Centre, Dublin and Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, Sound Training Centre

31 Oct 201831 Oct 2021

External Examiner, MPhil in Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College Dublin

30 Nov 201731 Oct 2020

President, Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association

8 Sep 2017 → …

External Examiner, BA (Hons) Applied Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology

5 Jun 20175 Jun 2020

Editorial board member, Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture, Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture

20 Jun 2014 → …

Member: Spatial Music Collective, Spatial Music Collective

Feb 2006 → …

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