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Brian Bridges 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 researcher. 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 and Tony Conrad. 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.

Research Interests

Much of Brian’s work is inspired by connections between perceptual processes, creative practices and technologies. His creative work includes sound–based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition, including microtonal and spatial music. Other interests include the application of embodied models to musical practices and the design of performance systems and interfaces, and modes of interdisciplinary practices encompassing arts/humanities and STEM (Hearts of STEM project, 2016–present; Oscillations and Modulations festival, 2018). Brian is interested in hearing from potential collaborators or PhD students with project ideas related to the topics above.


Brian is currently Ulster's Research Director (REF Unit Coordinator, Postgraduate Research Degree Tutor) for Music, Drama, Performing Arts and Film and Screen Studies.


PhD supervision

(all PhDs DEL/DfE or VCRS Scholarship)


co-supervised with Prof. F. Lyons:

Lewis Smith (due for completion, 2021/2): Inclusive software design enabling disabled and non-disabled musicians to compose and perform music in an immersive virtual environment

Matthew Jacobson (due for completion 2020): Exploring improvisational approaches to small-scale compositions inspired by New York’s ‘Downtown’ music scene

co-supervised with Dr Liz Doherty: 

Aidan O'Donnel (due for completion 2019): Tuning In: Practices in tuning and pitch related inflections in the Donegal fiddle sound community.


co-supervised with Prof. F. Lyons:

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).

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


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maynooth University

Master, Trinity College Dublin

Bachelor, Maynooth University

External positions

Ulster University representative (Creative Arts and Culture)

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

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

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

20 Jun 2014 → …

Member: Spatial Music Collective

Feb 2006 → …

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Research Output 2007 2018

Open Access
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Activities 2016 2019

  • 10 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

ISSTA 2019: Perform!

Brian Bridges (Member of programme committee)
31 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Performance and Protest symposium

Brian Bridges (Organiser)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Oscillations and Modulations

Brian Bridges (Chair)
20 Mar 201821 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

ISSTA 2018 - Who’s Listening? Sound and Public Space

Brian Bridges (Chair)
9 Nov 201810 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Staging Sonic Spaces

Brian Bridges (Organiser)
7 Mar 20179 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...