Dr Brian Bridges Composer and Electronic Musician
Brian Bridges is a composer, lecturer and electronic musician whose work spans the fields of sound–based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and instrumental music, with particular interests in microtonality, drones and spatial music. His pieces have been programmed at festivals in Europe, the Americas and China and he is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland’s national organisation for contemporary music compostion. Brian studied music composition in Ireland with Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Jürgen Simpson (Trinity College Dublin, MPhil, 2003) and Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth, PhD, 2013), in addition to private studies in the US with Glenn Branca and Tony Conrad, supported by the Irish Arts Council. He is currently based in Derry, NI, where he lectures at Ulster University.
Recent work includes pieces for City of Culture 2013, including installations in Austins Department Store in collaboration with Thran, a company dedicated to site–specific practices led by Paul Devlin, and a radiophonic piece, Ripples of Inertia Bells, for London–based Resonance FM as part of their residency at Void Gallery. He was commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre for sound installations for Dublin Culture Night 2009 (Spectral Spaces) and 2011 (Collapsing Old Buildings). Brian is also a founder–member of the Dublin–based Spatial Music Collective, a group supporting the performance of new electroacoustic and mixed-media works by Irish and international composers.