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As part of its ongoing commitment to social engagement and educational outreach, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin offers a series of lectures and recitals. These events are possible thanks to collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the department’s own Music Composition Centre. All upcoming events are listed on the Department of Music News and Events page and past events are listed in the Archives.

Lectures
Visiting speakers address a variety of topics relating to musicology, composition, performance, music technology, and the recording industry. Events are free and open to the public and to all students. 

Archive of past events

Lectures

Date:

Monday April 4, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

Seeing how it is done:the sketches for Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

Speaker:

Michael Taylor, Department of Music, TCD

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub - Music Composition Centre presentation.

Description:

With these words Arnold Schoenberg drew an unflattering distinction between Rudolf Kolisch’s attempts to trace all the rows in his Third String Quartet, and what he, Schoenberg, had ‘always helped people to see: what it is!’ There are, however, some works in which the difference between the how and the what is apparently blurred, if not abolished, Harrison Birtwistle’s tenth birthday tribute to the London Sinfonietta, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, being a case in point. ‘The transformation from the mechanical to the magical’ Birtwistle observes in the juxtaposition of sketch and picture in Klee’s Notebooks perhaps offers a context in which his unusually clear description of the piece may be read: six mechanisms…juxtaposed many times without any form of transition. The dynamics…have a time-scale independent of the mechanisms, creating an independent dynamic life of their own. This process is also applied to the registers.
Part of the Birtwistle Collection in the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, the sketches for Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum––while encouraging us to take with a pinch of salt the composer’s later recollection that he ‘didn’t make any decisions in writing Carmen’––do indeed enable us to see how it was done, but also pose broader questions concerning the relationship of automatism, intuition and perception.
   

Date:

Monday March 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

Introducing TRINITY 360

Speaker:

Enda Bates, MMT composer

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Description:

The Trinity 360 Project consists of a newly commissioned work of spatial music for Trinity Orchestra, the Cue Quartet and an eight-channel loudspeaker array, to be performed on campus on April 8th 1916. In this talk, composer Enda Bates discussed the inspiration behind this multi-movement work, the 360 audio and video recording techniques which will be used to record the performance, and how the commencements bell in the Trinity campanile (which will also be used in the concert) influenced the harmonic language of the piece. 
   

Date:

Monday March 7, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

Sustainability as a model for musical form

Speaker:

Christopher Fox, composer

Venue:

The Printing House

Description:

Christopher Fox will discuss two recent works, qui(nt)et and Topophony, and the ways in which they use acoustic phenomena as a means of creating large-scale musical forms. Christopher Fox (b.1955) is a composer who sometimes writes about music too. He is widely regarded as one of the most individual composers of his generation, often working at a tangent to the musical mainstream and basing his compositional career around close collaborations with a number of performers, including the instrumental groups the Ives Ensemble, KNM Berlin and Apartment House, and the vocal ensembles The Clerks and EXAUDI. He lives in London and is Professor of Music at Brunel University.
   

Date:

Tuesday February 23, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

Recording an island in the mist

Speaker:

Chris Watson, composer

Venue:

Printing House

Description:

Chris Watson will recall and reference some of his recording trips to Ireland and those in particular which inspired his work Hy Brasil. Watson will highlight his compositional techniques and some of the fieldcraft required for these location recordings. The presentation will also feature some of the component tracks used in the work as well as unpublished examples.

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. For example. the unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson's words, putting a microphone where you can't put your ears. He was born in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College (now part of Sheffield College). In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, tv & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production.

Born in 1953 in Sheffield where he attended Rowlinson School and Stannington College, Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and recordist for Film, TV & Radio, Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with sound design in post production.
   

Date:

Monday February 15, 2016, 6:15pm, TLRH

Title:

Shaping Narratives: Opera, Film Music and Technological Approaches

Speaker:

Jürgen Simpson, composer

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub - - Music Composition Centre presentation.

Description:

An insight into the genesis and development of a body of work, including works for film and sound installation, that resulted in the creation of the opera "Air India [redacted]² that premiered in Vancouver 2015. This talk will also delve into the dramaturgical, political and creative challenges associated with this opera¹s engagement with the largest mass murder in Canadian history: the bombing of Air India Flight 182. It will additionally provide an insight into the compositional technologies and approaches used with a particular focus on score prototyping and algorithmic orchestration.

Jürgen Simpson is a composer, performer and academic, and is the director of the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has worked extensively in the fields of dance, film, opera and installation art. His work has been supported by RTÉ, The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The British Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Canada Council for the Arts. His operatic works include Thwaite (2003) with librettist Simon Doyle, which received the Genesis Opera Project¹s top award, and Air India [redacted]
(2015) with librettist René Sorojini Saklikar. He was a member of the band The Jimmy Cake from 2000 to 2008 and recorded and produced their third album Spectre and Crown. He is currently one of the cultural programmers for Limerick 2020 and is the co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance.

   

Date:

Monday February 8, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

‘Whose music is it anyway?’

Speaker:

Dominic McGonigal, Consultants For Creative And Digital Business

Venue:

House 5, Room 511 (NOTE: venue!)
   

Date:

Monday February 1, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

‘Undercover composer — uncovering and exploring unlikely connections in high and low places’

Speaker:

Dr Neil Burns, composer

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub
   

Date:

Monday January 25, 2016, 6:15pm

Title:

‘Entrepreneurial Approaches to Music Technology’

Speaker:

Dr Dan Rogers, Trinity Innovation Academy

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub
   

Date:

Monday December 7, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

No Say No Way
a show by François Sarhan
performed by Jennifer Torrence

François Sarhan (composer/director) and Jennifer Torrence (performance) collaborate to create an evening-length solo production about reticence, obsession, and the failure to execute. Through body, voice, and ritual, Jennifer Torrence presents No Say No Way, a fascinating lecture-performance on the history, mystery, beauty, truth, and transcendence of the iconic percussion instruments, the triangle (△).
No Say No Way is commissioned by Jennifer Torrence with funds from the Arts Council Norway.

Further materials:
A trailer here: https://vimeo.com/140718755
Images here: https://nosaynoway.wordpress.com/no-say-no-way/

Speaker:

Jennifer Torrence (solo percussionist, Norwegian Academy of Music)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre
   

Date:

Thursday December 10, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

The 15th-century English Carol

Speaker:

Professor David Fallows (Manchester University)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Trinity Long Room Hub
   

Date:

Monday November 30, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

“It just seemed to go out of fashion” [Adrian Boult] The mysterious disappearance of orchestral string portamento

Speaker:

Dr Simon Trezise (Trinity College Dublin)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

Trinity Long Room Hub

 

 

Date:

Wednesday November 25, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

Composing the Tinnitus Suites for TRAUMA, Science Gallery to be presented with a film by Catalina Jordan Alvarez titled Unseen Sources / Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015 c

Speaker:

Mr Daniel Fishkin (freelance composer, New York)
Venue: Boydell Room, Department of Music, House 5

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
Film Information:

Unseen Sources / Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015 c

A film by Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Composing the Tinnitus Suites is an ongoing work by Daniel Fishkin that investigates the aesthetics of hearing damage through an invented instrument called Lady's Harp. Catalina J Alvarez recorded a performance of Tinnitus Suites in the summer of 2015. She is developing a video connecting the words of Michel Chion with the phenomenon of subjective tinnitus. Wednesday's presentation will integrate live performance into the screening of their forthcoming work. 

 

 

Date:

Monday November 23, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

Byrd and the Age of Exploration.

Speaker:

Dr Kerry McCarthy (Portland, Oregon)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:


Monday November 16, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:


Constructed Melodies: Film Music & Architecture

Speaker:

Professor Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

   

Date:

Monday November 2, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

Kubrick, Music and the Auteur Problem

Speaker:

Professor Chris Morris (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

   

Date:

Monday October 5, 2015, 6:15pm

Title:

The Musical Discourse of Servitude: Authority, Autonomy and the European Musical Imagination, 1700-1750

Speaker:

Professor Harry White (University College Dublin)

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Sponsors:

RIAM with the School of Drama, Film, and Music

   

Date:

Wednesday September 30, 2015, 6pm

Title:

Lecture recital on contemporary violin music

Speaker:

Darragh Morgan (freelance musician and Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)

 


Conference Information 2016


Trinity 360 - Concert Performance

8 April, 2016
Front Square, time TBC

Creative Challenge 2016 winner composer Enda Bates directs TRINITY 360, a newly commissioned composition of spatial music for multiple loudspeakers and performers, including many performing groups associated with Trinity (Trinity Orchestra, Cue Saxophone Quartet, and Spatial Music Collective), presented as a large-scale live immersive performance in the Front Square of Trinity College. The performance will be filmed to create a 360 virtual reality presentation and surround sound recording of the event.

Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic at Trinity College Dublin where he lectures on the Music & Media Technologies Programme. He is a founder member of the Spatial Music Collective and is an active performer, both of his own work and with The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Miriam Ingram, Nina Hynes/Dancing Suns, Chequerboard, among others. He has also worked as a producer/engineer for a variety of artists and groups such as the Crash Ensemble, Mumbling Deaf Ro, Somadrone, Conor Walsh and Daniel Figgis. In 2010 he completed a PhD entitled ‘The Composition and Performance of Spatial Music at Trinity College Dublin’. Scores and other material are available from his page at the Irish Contemporary Music Centre, see www.endabates.net and www.tcd.ie/trinity-creative 


Dublin Musictown 2016

10-19 April, 2016

Several House 5 alumni are featured artists in this year’s Musictown Festival. This festival, sponsored by Dublin City Council, aims to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of Dublin’s music and ‘music-makers’ through concerts, talks, workshops and walks. The streets will be animated with live and contemporary opera performances, buskers, rappers, and Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane will offer a range of Classical performances.


Trinity Week
11-15 April, 2016

2016 is the turn of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to host Trinity Week. Alongside other musical events, it will include performances by other winners of the Trinity Creative Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Provost of Trinity College, to foster the development of innovative interdisciplinary projects and works, see http://www.tcd.ie/trinity-creative/index.php.


Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II

23-24 April, 2016

A Festival of Sound Art and Electronic Instruments (Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin)

‘Ideopreneurial Entrephonics’ switches prefixes to liberate ‘entrepreneurial’ (a word we hear too much) and ‘ideophone’ (a word we’d like to hear more) for a festival comprising a ‘Modular Synthesizer Car Show’, concerts, workshops, meet-ups, and public talks. The ‘Car Show’ invites amateur and professional makers of custom-built synthesizers to showcase their home-brew/boutique instruments in Dublin’s historic Freemasons’ Hall. Participants can collaborate in one of the festival concerts, as well as offering audio demonstrations.

Background
The synthesizer is as important, and as ubiquitous, in contemporary music as the human voice. The simple concept of a circuit generating a tone, manipulated by human or other control, has led to the development of numerous instruments over the last century. In the last few decades, synthesizer construction has evolved from modular to digital and now inhabits a hybrid space between the two, necessitating various adjustments in its relation to sonic objects. Electronic instruments have played a central role in rethinking musical materials ‘from scratch’, in creating open situations where all forms of participation are accepted or rendered acceptable. These instruments allow multiple forms of practice (social, sculptural, choreographic, geographic, etc.) to be expressed in musical terms.

Festival
Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II invites scholars and practitioners to explore the synthesized, natural, and modified voice. Ron Kuivila will perform his homage to Robert Ashley, TED/Mencken (a glossetalia in which a lengthy text is read, interleaved with TED talk-style explanatory digressions, and sonically retransmitted so that no intake of breath is ever apparent; Matt Fairclough will present Steve Reich’s My Name is… (processing and re-processing voices of audience members introducing themselves). Historic electronic works will be presented alongside new works, including the debut performance of Analogon, the electronic music group formed by Richard Duckworth in 2015 to explore early electronic voicings. The 7pm concert on Saturday 23 April will begin with a massed-choir performance of Kuivila’s A City of No Allusions. Groups of singers (minimum 11 people) will each perform for at least 8 minutes, overlapping to create a seamless performance that lasts one hour.

Call for Presenters, Performers, and Sound Artists
Papers (for 20-minute formal presentations or 5-minute ‘interruptions’) and proposed discussion panels are invited on the history of analogue synthesis, its current reemergence, sound transmission and processed sound objects, other musical voicings, and the social, musical, technological, and cultural use of electronic instruments. Performers should indicate whether they wish to be included in the Modular Synthesizer Car Show or sing in the massed choirs piece. Abstracts (250 words) of proposals should be sent to duckwor@tcd.ie by 19th February, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 14th March, 2016 and the final programme announced on 28th March, 2016. 

 

Hilary Term, 2015 ARCHIVE

Lectures

Date:

Monday 2 February, 6pm

Title:

'Classical Music as Enforced Utopia'

Speaker:

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (King's College, London)

Venue:

Katharine Brennan Hall, RIAM, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

Sponsors:

inaugural lecture of a series co-hosted by the RIAM and Trinity College, School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:

Thursday 12 February, 6pm

Title:

'Elgar as an interpreter of his own music'

Speaker:

Simon Trezise (Head of Discipline, Trinity College)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College
   

Date:

Wednesday 4 March, 6pm

Title:

Irish Composers on Irish Music

Speaker:

David Bremner (Dublin Institute of Technology)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)
   

Date:

Thursday 5 March, 6pm

Title:

'Space, Place, and the Local in Dublin's Underground'

Speaker:

Jaime Jones (University College, Dublin)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music
   

Date:

Wednesday 11 March, 6pm

Title:

'Big Dada: Distancing and the Technics of Dissociation'

Speaker:

Ron Kuivila (Wesleyan University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm

Title:

'(Pre)Compositional Strategies and Computer-Generated Notation in Transience (2014) for String Quartet'

Speaker:

Sam Hayden (Trinity Laban University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)

 

 

Date:

Thursday 19 March, 6pm - *Cancelled*

Title:

'The Prague Provisional Theatre and its audiences – connection and disjunction'

Speaker:

Jan Smaczny (Queen's University, Belfast)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

co-hosted by the RIAM and Trinity College, School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Thursday 26 March, 6pm

Title:

'"Un pezzo … di una grandissima serietà e con una grandissima emozione … e con elementi totalmente bruti": Aesthetic and Socio-Political Considerations and the Failure of their Integration in Mauricio Kagel's work post-1968'

Speaker:

Bjorn Heile (University of Glasgow)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC)

 

 

Date:

Monday 30 March, 6pm

Title:

'Dark Star: Biography of a Song' (click here for abstract)

Speaker:

Graeme M. Boone (The Ohio State University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

 

 

Date:

Wednesday 1 April, 6pm

Title:

Irish composers on Irish music

Speaker:

Ryan Molloy (Maynooth University)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)

 

 

Date:

Monday 13 April, 6pm

Title:

TBA

Speaker:

Music postgrad student presentations

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

 

 

Date:

Monday 20 April, 6pm

Title:

TBA

Speaker:

Music postgrad student presentations

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

 

 

Date:

Tuesday 28 April, 6pm

Title:

'Pedagogy for the Development or Inhibition of Creativity'

Speaker:

Juniper Hill (University College, Cork)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

School of Drama, Film, and Music

Concert Series

Date:

4 February, 6pm

Artist:

David Bremner and Elizabeth Hilliard

Description:

A performance and discussion of Irish works for voice and piano. Part of the Irish Canon series. Featured composers: Seóirse Bodley, David Bremner, Rhona Clarke, Siobhán Cleary, Tom Lane, Ryan Molloy, Peter Moran

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5, Trinity College

Sponsors:

Music Composition Centre (MCC) and the Association of Irish Composers (AIC)

 

 

Date:

25 March, 8pm

Artist:

Campanile Consort directed by Eileen
Venue: Chapel
   

Date:

3 April, 8pm

Artist:

Mornington Singers
Venue: Chapel
   

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