Events

Ground and Background at ISSTA 2018, Derry

Ground and Background performed in concert at ISSTA 2018 – 'Who's Listening? Sound and Public Space', Derry, 9 November 2018.

Stops VIII at CSMC conference UCD

Stops VIII for (piano and computer) featured in concert at conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, 20–22 August 2018, University College Dublin.

Ground and Background in Mexico

Ground and Background selected for Festival Internacional de Video Arte y Música Visual, at Centro de Cultura Digital, Colonia Juárez, Mexico, 3 May 2018.

Ground and Background at Sonorities Festival

Ground and Background at Sonorities Festival, Belfast, with surround sound presentation at Sonic Lab, SARC, Queens University Belfast, 18 April 2018.

Mixed Synthetic Fabric (for piano and electronics)

New work for piano and live electronics commissioned by Xenia Pestova through Arts Council Commission Award, premiered at Music Current Festival, Smock Alley Theatre, 14 April 2018.

Perisonic in Bremen

Perisonic – the immersive, multi-media meditation on Dublin city (for 8 loudspeakers and 4 video screens) – receives a second full performance in Bremen. Commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab, this concert-length installation was the result of a major collaboration with composers Fergal Dowling, Scott McLaughlin, Gráinne Mulvey, creative producer Sabina Bonnici and video artist Mihai Cucu. This production is produced by Reihe Elektronischer Musik, Bremen. See Schwankhalle event page and Facebook event page further details. Schwankhalle, Bremen, 14 January 2018.

Unearths

Unearths, movement I from Spoils (a five-movement, concert-length work for Baroque chamber ensemble, interactive electronics, surround sound and video). Part of 12th Virtual Concert presented by Univers Sonores Parallèles, and curated by the Gráinne Mulvey (https://www.facebook.com/events/143681206247569/), 26 November 2017.

Ground and Background

Movement II from Perisonic presented at Ecos Urbanos Electroacoustic Music Festival, Mexico. Escuela Superior de Música, Coyoacán, 23 November 2017.

Ground and Background

Movement II from Perisonic presented at Osaka University Electroacoustic Music Festival, sound installation piece in the Art-Gallery, Osaka University of Arts, 17-18 November 2017.

Ground and Background

Movement II from Perisonic presented in concert as part of Sounding Out the Space Conference.
St Laurence's Church, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman Campus, Dublin, 3 November 2017.

Sounding out the Space Conference, DIT

'The City as Musical Protagonist: Three Recent Dublin Sound Lab Commissions', a paper presentation at Sounding Out the Space Conference, DIT, concerning the curation of three recent large-scale collaborations with Dublin Sound Lab which attempt to involve Dublin city and its built environment within musical composition and performance. Dublin, 2–4 November 2017.

Perisonic

Premiere of an immersive, large-scale, panoramic 'painting' of Dublin, featuring 8 loudspeakers and 4 video screens. Commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab, this concert-length installation is the result of a major collaboration with composers Scott McLaughlin, Gráinne Mulvey, creative producer Sabina Bonnici and video artist Mihai Cucu. See Music Current 2017 for programme details. Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 29 April 2017.

Stops VIII

Stops VIII, an interactive work (for one or two instruments and computer), has normally been performed on piano. In this performance the parts are performed on violin (Larissa O'Grady) and harpsichord (Michael Quinn). Presented here as part of Dublin Sound Lab's Bifurcations concert also featuring works by Scott McLaughlin, Donal Sarsfield, Gráinne Mulvey and Ann Cleare. Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 5 December 2016.

Ground

As part of the Contemporary Music Centre's Salon series, Dublin Sound Lab revisits three recent works commissioned by the group, which were originally composed for the 18th century organ at the nearby St Werburg's Church. The format of the Salon allows for public engagement during the concert, and the performers and composers will be available to discuss their works.
St Audoen's RC, Cornmarket, Dublin, 29 September 2016.

Rise

A quadraphonic version of Rise specially re-rendered this concert as part of The Association of Irish Composers, Directions concert series, "listen | compose | perform", curated by Karen Power, at 12 Henrietta St, Dublin, 3 June 2016.

Stops VIII

An interactive work for piano and computer, performed by David Bremner (piano) and Fergal Dowling (computer), as part of The Association of Irish Composers, Directions Series, Gráinne Mulvey, curator. Lutheran Hall, Dublin, 19 May 2016.

Stops VIII

An interactive work for piano and computer, performed by Gary Barnett (piano and computer) at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 27 April 2016.

Spoils

A concert-length work by Fergal Dowling for Baroque chamber ensemble, interactive electronics, surround sound and video. Spoils was developed with assistance from Dublin City Council Project Awards and Arts Council Music Bursary, and will be performed as part of Music Current, a new festival of contemporary music organised by Dublin Sound Lab. Performers: Aoife Ni Dhornain (Baroque violin), Marja Gaynor (Baroque violin), Ilse de Ziah (Baroque cello), Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Fergal Dowling (computer), Mihai Cucu (video). Spoils project page, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 8 April 2016.

Stops VIII

An interactive work for piano and computer, performed by Gary Barnett. Dixie State University, Utah, 18 March 2016.

Stops VIII

New work for piano and interactive electronics performed by Gary Barnett. Also works by Michael Edwards and Liviu Marinescu.
Experimental Acoustic Research Studio (EARS), University of California, Riverside, 11 December 2015.

Ground

Work for organ and interactive electronics in lunchtime concert in Waterford New Music Week.
College Chapel, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, 24 March 2015.

Three Reconstructions

New work for five wind players and multi-channel computer interaction. Part of Dublin Sound Lab's Places and Responses programme at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, 18 September 2014.

Manchester Material

Multichannel presentation of Manchester Material at Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 28 August 2014.

Philosophy of Human+Computer Music Workshop

A partially composed, partially devised performance-informed composition at the Royal Musical Association Music Philosophy Study Group workshop on philosophy of human+computer music. University of Sheffield, UK, 4 July 2014.

Rise

12-channel version outdoors in Berlin for c60collaboratorium.de. A special performance of Rise on the Urban Solar Audio Plant, a solar powered, WLAN-controlled, multichannel sound installation for public space. Fete de la Musique, Stadtterasse, Aufbauhaus, Berlin, 20 June 2014.

Composition in the 21st Century Conference

Joint paper/performance with Michael Quinn at Composition in the 21st Century Conference, TCD, on the theme 'Composition as Performance'. Trinity College, Dublin, 7 March 2014.

Performance of Kaija Saariaho's MAA

Performance with Dublin Sound Lab of Kaija Saariaho's 'Maa' for septet and surround sound, with a newly devised seven-part video work by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. Project Art Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, 9 November 2013, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 14 November 2013.

Interactive workshop, 'Performance as Composition'

In this workshop Fergal Dowling guides musicians and non-musicians in a computer-mediated sound performance in which participants interact with a computer to devise a musical structure in real-time. CASS, London Metropolitan University, Parker Room, Commercial Road, London, 17 October 2013.

Cloud Types for Auditors

Presented at Noise in/and/as Music conference at the University of Huddersfield. This special 3D rendering will be projected on the 25-loudspeaker SPIRAL array. Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), University of Huddersfield, 5 October 2013.

Pass

2-channel tape piece in the 'Listening Room', part of CMC's Culture Night celebrations, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 20 September 2013.

Imitation of Christ

Dublin Sound Lab performance of new work for trio, computer and surround sound in a multimedia programme in collaboration with Romanian composers and performers. Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Ana Chifu (flute), Maria Chifu (bassoon), Fergal Dowling (computer). Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 8 June 2013.

Stops I

Fractal contemporary music group performance by Philip Lawson (guitar) and Anna Murray (computer) in a programme of works for guitar, electronics and video. Cork Film Centre, Cork, 7 March 2013.

Stops I

Performance by Philip Lawson (guitar) and Anna Murray (computer) in a programme of works for guitar, electronics and video presented by Fractal contemporary music group. The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co Mayo, 16 January 2013.

76 Seconds of Pulses

Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 12 December 2012.

Ground

New work for organ, prepared samples and electronics. Performed by Dublin Sound Lab as part of ReSounding Dublin, a project involving multiple organs. ReSounding Dublin, St Werburgh's Church, Dublin, 21 November 2012.

Stops I

Performance by Philip Lawson (guitar) and Anna Murray (computer) in a programme of works for guitar, electronics and video presented by Fractal contemporary music group. Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, 9 November 2012.

Stops I

Short piece for guitar and computer performed by Philip Lawson (guitar) and Anna Murray (computer), and presented by Fractal contemporary music group as part of a special Culture Night programme. Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, 21 September 2012.

Cloud Type for Auditors

This multichannel tape piece features in a Culture Night 'happening' at the Contemporary Music Centre, curated by Karen Power and featuring various performers including the Quiet Music Ensemble and Kirkos. Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 21 September 2012.

Sketch

New version for harpsichord and computer, Opera Studio, National Muzic University, Bucharest, InnerSound Festival, Bucharest, 28 August 2012.

Cloud Types for Auditors, Falls

Multi-channel, surround sound presentation by Acousmain in a concert of electroacoustic spatial works by Dublin-based composers. Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt, 24 November 2011.

Sketch

This version presented with six-channel surround sound. Programme also includes: Karlheinz Essl, More or Less (computer-controlled soloists), Jean-Claude Risset, Pentacle (harpsichord/electronics), Luca Francesconi, Animus II (viola and electronics). Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 12 April 2011.

Quarters

Four-channel, dispersed loudspeaker set-up, featured in 'Abstract', a multi-channel loudspeaker concert by Hear This Space, a collective of sound artists and composers who organise site sensitive, spatial sound events. Fabrika, Leicester, 25 March 2011.

Still

Presented during Béal Festival, this setting of Bill Husband's poem, Still, performed by Paul Roe (bass clarinet), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Fergal Dowling (computer). National Concert Hall, Dublin, 3 November 2010

Pulses

Presented at Música Viva Festival 2010 'Sound Walk'. This version of Pulses for the Electroacoustic walkway 'Sound Walk', an outdoor two-channel, multi-loudspeakers installation along the 100-meter walkway that leads to the main entrance of the Belém Arts Centre concert hall. Several loudspeakers are placed on each side of the walk way. Música Viva Festival 2010, Belém Arts Centre, Lisbon, 16–19 September 2010

Stops IV

Performance in a concert of works for harpsichord and eight loudspeakers. Other works include: J. S. Bach 'Movements from Goldberg Variations', Julio d’Escrivan's reGoldberg, Nick Collins's Suite with Interruptions, Ailís Ní Ríain's 2 Steep 4 Sheep. Michael Quinn (harpsichord), Fergal Dowling (computer). Dublin Sound Lab, St Werburgh's Church, Dublin, 28 November 2009

Performance with Dublin Sound Lab and Garth Knox

Performance with Garth Knox (viola) in a programme of contemporary works for viola and electronics, including: Gérard Grisey, Prologue (viola and electronics); Salvatore Sciarrino, Tre Notturni Brillanti (viola solo); Kaija Saariaho, Vent Nocturne (viola and electronics); Garth Knox, Viola Spaces (viola solo); Luca Francesconi, Animus II (viola and electronics). Dublin Sound Lab, St Werburgh's Church, Dublin, 26 November 2009

Manchester Material

Manchester Material presented in eight-channel horizontal surround during the International Society for Contemporary Music, World New Music Days, Gothenburg, 24 September – 4 October 2009. ISCM World Music Days, Kronhuset, Gothenburg, 4 October 2009

Manchester Material at Galleri ORO, Gothenburg

'Take a look at my sound', as exhibition at Galleri ORO running in conjunction with International Society for Contemporary Music, World New Music Days, Gothenburg. The work of five composers interpreted by visual artists and sculptors. Participating artists and composers are: Jean-Luc Darbellay 'Shadows for Percussions ensemble', Camilla Boström, Hanna Hartman, 'Night Lock', Arvid Wretman, Fergal Dowling, 'Manchester Material' (stereo reduction), Olof Broström, Pui-Shan Cheung, 'Dai Pai Dong', Emma Åkerman Oscar Bianch, 'Crepuscolo', Truls Mörck and Daniel Wendler. Galleri ORO, Gothenburg, 24 September–4 October 2009

Shuffle

Computer-mediated performance with Peter Wiegold's ensemble notes inégales, King's Place, London, 6 September 2009

Manchester Material

Manchester Material presented in the Japanese Society of Electronic Music / Musicological Society of Japan Electroacoustic Festival 2009. Presented in eight-channel surround sound in the festival's opening concert also featuring electroacoustic works by Pete Stollery and Françis Dohmont. JSEM/MSJ Japan Electroacoustic Festival 2009, Aichi Art Theatre, Nagoya, 9 April 2009

Falls

Presentation at ohrenhoch der geräuschladen in continuous loop through the day. ohrenhoch der Geräuschladen, Berlin, 28 December 2008

In the Meantime

Presentation at ohrenhoch der geräuschladen in continuous loop throughout the day.ohrenhoch der Geräuschladen, Berlin, 21 December 2008

Stops II

Dublin Sound Lab concert of contemporary works for organ, violin, double bass and fixed media/electronics. Also works by Mauricio Kagel, John Cage, Wim de Ruiter, Karlheinz Essl, and Peter Ablinger. Michael Quinn (organ), Fergal Dowling (computer), Marja Tuhkanen (violin), Mercedes Carroll (double bass).Dublin Sound Lab, St Teresa's Church, Dublin, 21 November 2008

Pass

This version of Pass for the Electroacoustic walkway is presented in 'Sound Walk', an outdoor two-channel, multi-loudspeaker installation along the one hundred meter walkway that leads to the main entrance of the Belém Arts Centre concert hall. Several loudspeakers are placed on each side of the walk way. Miso Music Portugal, Belém Art Centre, Lisbon, 20–27 September 2008

Manchester Material

Manchester Material, originally for surround sound presentation, presented in a two-channel version in the 'listening room' at International Computer Music Conference. ICMC 2008, Sonic Arts research Centre, Belfast, 24–29 August 2008

Cloud Types for Auditors (eight-channel surround sound)

Sonic Residues Festival, Stony Brook University, New York, 29 April–12 May 2008

Manchester Material

Presented in a programme of surround sound electroacoustic works, also featuring works by Peter Batchelor, Chin-Chin Chen and Hans Tutschku. Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montréal, 7 February 2008

Still

Grup XXI, Mark Friedhoff (cello), Sala Mompou, SGAE, Barcelona, 31 October 2007

Pass

Presentation as tow-channel fixed-media installation as part of Futuresonic 07. Futuresonic07 Victoria Baths, Manchester, 11–13 May 2007

Duet

Real-time interactive piece for computer and solo percussionist presented in the closing concert of the EAR-drum Festival at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin by the Electroacoustic Revue Ensemble and Thomas Frisch (percussion). Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 31 March 2007

Performance with percussion, Project Arts Centre

Concert of new Austrian and German music for electronics and percussion, featuring: Bernhard Gal, Defragmentation/blue (fixed media); Hannes Seidl, Gegenkontrolle (percussion and fixed media) Christoph Ogiermann, I don't need any work, I've GOT enough to do (fixed media); Peter Ablinger, Kleinetrommel (Snare drum and FM-radio); Christoph Ogiermann, The last gets bitten by the dog: NO sound-installation (fixed media); Karlheinz Essl, fLOW (improvised percussion and live computer). Maeve O'Hara (percussion), Fergal Dowling (computer). Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 29 March 2007

Rise, Falls, Pass, Rainground, Cloud Types for Auditors, In the Meantime

Periphonic (3-D) surround sound concert of works specially rendered for four-channel ambisonic loudspeaker array, opening concert in the EAR-drum Festival. Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 27 March 2007

Still

Lioba Petrie (cello), National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 8 March 2007

Still

Presented at EAR-plugged Festival of Electroacoustic Music 2006. The festival featured audiovisual works, fixed media music, live electronic music, mixed works. Lioba Petrie (cello).
The LAB, Dublin, 8–9 December 2006

Ensemble

Premiered in the National Concert Hall as part of the NCH Composers' Choice series. Also works by composers of the EAR collective, Michael Maierhof, Ben Dwyer and Trevor Wishart.
National Concert Hall, Dublin, 26 November 2006

58 seconds of Distorted Pulses

Short two-channel fixed-media piece presented at Unsafe Festival of improvised and experimental music.
The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, 11 November 2006

Still

Two concert performances in Galway in one day by Concorde new music ensemble, Adrian Mantu (cello), Concorde, Galway Museum, Galway Arts Centre, 29 July 2006

Fun with Numbers

Premiere of short piece for twelve guitars and two-channel fixed media by the German guitar orchestra Ensemble GuitArt during their tour of Ireland, Ensemble GuitArt, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 7 June 2006

Cloud Types for Auditors

CD version for Furthernoise, Resonance FM, 27 March 2006

In the Meantime

NOVA, RTE Lyric FM, 19 March 2006

In the Meantime

Galleri Box, Gothenburg, curated by Swedish Radio, 20–22 December 2005

Cloud Types for Auditors & The Musicians of Bremen

Sounds Electric '05 Festival of Electroacoustic Music, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2 December 2005

76 Seconds of Distorted Pulses

Soundworks, University College, Cork, 29 June 2005

Cloud Types for Auditors

Version for 5.1 surround fixed media, Music Research Centre, University of York, 4 February 2005

Rise

8-channel fixed media version, Harvest Moon Festival, Oscar Peterson Hall, Montréal, 23 August 2004

Rise & Pass

Contemporary Music Centre, Meeting House Square, Dublin, 18 July 2004

Elsewhen, Present, & Duet

Concer for voice and computer, Mediators Exhibition, Fordham Gallery, London, 26 June 2004

Duet

ArtTrail, University College, Cork, 23 June 2004

Duet

Electric Rain, Club One, Cork, 1 May 2004

Present (two voices, computer), Rise (8-channel fixed media), & Falls (8-channel fixed media)

Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen Julie Comparini (soprano), Johanna Spork (soprano), Neues Museum Weser, Bremen, 29 April 2004

Rise (8-channel fixed media)

Music and Media Technologies, The Printing House, Trinity College, Dublin, 12 March 2004

Duet (voice, computer)

Sonic Arts Network concert, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London, 5 November 2003

Rise (8-channel fixed media)

Electric Rainbow Coalition, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, 23 August 2003

Duet (voice, computer)

Us Live, Natasha Lohan (voice), Fergal Dowling (computer).
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, 8 August 2003

Duet (voice, computer)

Electroacoustic Revue, David Stalling (voice), Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 9 November 2003

Rain (4-channel fixed media)

Sonic Arts Network Annual Conference, Sheffield University, England, 1 July 2003

Rain (4-channel fixed media)

MAXIS Festival of Sound and Experimental Music
Leeds University, England, 12 April 2003

Frank (2-channel fixed media)

Sounds for an Empty Night Club, Corporation Nightclub, Sheffield, 28 March 2003

Present (two voices, computer)

Chimera Ensemble (Rachel Quinn, soprano; and Catherine Jackson, soprano), University of York, England, 7 March 2003

Falls (2-channel fixed media)

Multiple-X 2002 Festival, with video by Marcel Gabatto, Institut Goethe, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 27 October 2002

Present (two voices, computer), & Falls (2-channel fixed media)

MAXIS Festival of Sound and Experimental Music, Sheffield Hallam University, England, 12 April 2002

Installation for (two microphones, two loudspeakers, minidisk player) presented as culmination of 'Raumzeit' workshop with Christina Kubisch and organised by the 40th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik.
Shenke Halle, Darmstadt, 2000.