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Ms. Maura Mc Donnell
Assistant Professor Part-Time, Electronic & Elect. Engineering

Biography

Maura McDonnell is an award winning visual music artist, educator and researcher who has been involved in visual music since 1997. She is assistant professor at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and one of the modules she lectures on there is on visual music. Her PhD thesis on 'Finding Visual Music in its Twentieth Century History' was completed in early 2019. Her visual music art productions have been screened and presented in music concerts and experimental film festivals in many countries such as Australia, China, Russia, US, UK, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Canada. She also maintains an informal research blog on visual music at http://visualmusic.blogspot.com. Her academic writings have been presented at national and international conferences and symposia and in journals, exhibition and festival catalogues. Maura creates visual music visuals for fixed media and music performances and collaborates with music composers and musicians in her arts practice. Her recent collaborations have been with musicians such as Ensemble Parallax, directed by Peyman Farzinpour for a series of music concerts in the US in 2019 where she created a visual music visual for a performance of the music composition 'Dérive' by Pierre Boulez. Her collaborations with talented concert pianist Svetlana Rudenko based on a collaborative and shared analysis of the music and in which Maura then creates intricate visual music visuals for projection have been presented in various music concerts in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin and in the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and the Moscow Museum in Moscow, Russia.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Constructing Visual Music Images with Electroacoustic Music Concepts in, Sound & Image: Audiovisual Practice and Aesthetics, Routledge, 2020, pp20 pages , [McDonnell, Maura] Book Chapter, 2020

McDonnell, M and Rudenko, S, Synesthesia: Cross-sensory Aspects of Cognition Across Science and Art, Proceedings of the IASAS Moscow Synaesthesia symposium, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

The Question of Form in Visual Music in, editor(s)Hill, Andrew E. , Sound & Image: Audiovisual Practice and Aesthetics, Routledge, 2020, pp20 pages , [McDonnell, Maura] Book Chapter, 2020

Maura McDonnell and Cobi van Tonder, 'Digital Alchemy', klingt gut! symposium on sound , , 2018, The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany, 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Maura McDonnell, Finding Visual Music in its Twentieth Century History, Trinity College Dublin, 2019 Thesis, 2019

McDonnell, M. and Rudenko, S., Cognitive Musicology via Synaesthesia & Cross-modal Associations: Scriabin Sonata N5 op.53, Synaesthesia: Cross-Sensory Aspects of Cognition Across Science and Art, Moscow, Russia, 16 - 21 November 201, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Maura McDonnell and Cobi van Tonder, 'Digital Alchemy', Sound Image 2018, Greenwich University, UK, 2018, - Music Production, 2018

McDonnell, Maura, The expansion of a cinema concrete method towards the exploration of new techniques for manipulating imagery in the development of a visual music cinema, klingt gut! symposium on sound, 2018, The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, 7th - 9th June, 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Maura McDonnell and Cobi van Tonder, 'Digital Alchemy', Electronic Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2018, - Visual art production, 2018

Maura McDonnell and Cobi van Tonder, 'Digital Alchemy', Seeing Sound 2018, Bath Spa University, UK, 2018, - Music Production, 2018

The visual music imagination: the sounding of images and the imaging of sounds in, editor(s)Dina Riccò María José de Córdoba , MuVi5: Video and moving image on synesthesia and visual music, Granada, Spain, Artecittà International Foundation, 2018, pp71 - 78, [McDonnell, Maura] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Maura McDonnell, A Music Technology Paradigm for Visual Music Cinema, SOUND/IMAGE: Exploring sonic and audio-visual practice, University of Greenwich, London, UK, 10-12 November 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017 URL

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', Videomusic Concert, Seia, Portugal, 2017, - Music Production, 2017

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', Seeing Sound Symposium 2016, Bath Spa University, UK, 2016, - Film production, 2016

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', MMT 20 Concert, Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, 2016, - Music Production, 2016

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', ATRL, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin, 2016, - Visual art production, 2016

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', Punto y Raya Festival 2016, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Centre for Culture and Media Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2016, - Film production, 2016

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Music and Multimedia Concert, Solas Nua Capital Irish Film Festival, Goethe-Institute, Washington DC, US, 2015, - Music Production, 2015

Maura McDonnell and Bebhinn McDonnell, 'Duel Tones', Videomusic Concert, Seia, Portugal, 2015, - Music Production, 2015

Maura McDonnell and Cignol/Sean Reed, 'Variegated Beat', Punto y Raya Festival Showcase: Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) , Melbourne, Australia, 2015, - Film production, 2015

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Sound/ Image Colloquium 2015, University of Greenwich, UK, 2015, - Film production, 2015

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Klingt Gut! Symposium, Fakultät Design, Medien und Information (DMI), Hamburg, Germany, 2015, - Music Production, 2015

McDonnell, Maura, A Composition of the "Things Themselves" Visual Music in Practice, eContact, issue 15.4 Videomusic, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 15, (4), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Audiovisual Installation, New Music Dublin Festival 2014, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, 2014, - Music Production, 2014

Maura McDonnell, 'Visuals for Catalogue', Fractal Concert with Philip Lawson, ATRL, Trinity College Dublin, 2014, - Music Production, 2014

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Cork French Film Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2014, - Film production, 2014

McDonnell, Maura, Seeing Sound Symposium 2013 Report, eContact, issue 15.4 Videomusic, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 15, (4), 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Crash Ensemble - A little bit of Linda Buckley, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, 2014, - Music Production, 2014

Maura McDonnell, Visual Music, eContact! The electronic journal of electroacoustics, 15, (4), 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Maura McDonnell and Cignol/ Sean Reed, 'Variegated Beat', SoundImageSound 10, International Festival of New Music and Visual Image, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, USA, 2014, - Music Production, 2014

Maura McDonnell, 'Visuals for Catalogue', Commissioned by Fractal, ATRL, Trinity College Dublin, 2013, - Visual art production, 2013

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Synthesis, Irish Film Institute, Dublin, 2013, - Film production, 2013

Maura McDonnell, Philip Lawson and Conal Ryan, 'Catalogue', Fractal on Tour with Philip Lawson, The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Fractal, 2013, - Music Production, 2013

McDonnell, Maura, Visual Music at the Crossroads of Performance Environments, VIMMA Project (Virtual, Intermedial and Mixed Reality Performance in Live Production and Creative Contexts), Reactive Residence Seminar, Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland, 02/09/2013, 2013, VIMMA Project Invited Talk, 2013 URL

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', I Hear a New World, Exhibition, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, 2013, - Exhibition, 2013 URL

McDonnell, Maura, Visual Music - The Colour Tone Analogy and Beyond, Seeing Sound Symposium 2013, Bath Spa University, Bath Spa, UK, 23-24/11/2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 URL

Maura McDonnell, 'Silk Chroma - three screen installation', Expanded Abstraction: Animated Film and Digital Art Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), US, 2012, - Exhibition, 2012

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Concert: International Symposium on Visual Music, School of Art, Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , 2012, - Music Production, 2012

Maura McDonnell, 'Installation', International Symposium on Visual Music, School of Art, Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , 2012, - Exhibition, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, Visual Music Research Topic', Symposium on Creative Technologies, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 17 April 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Video Art for All (VAFA), International Video Art Festival, Casa Garden and Art 21, Fundação Oriente, Macau, China, 2012, - Film production, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, From painting, film, analogue video to contemporary digital video: remarks towards the development of visual music, International Symposium on Visual Music, School of Art, Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 12-13 October 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Visual Music Show: Understanding Visual Music 2011, DB Clarke Theatre, Hexagram-Concordia Centre for Research Creation in Media Arts and Technologies in collaboration with the Department of Music, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2011, - Music Production, 2011

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', SoundImageSound International Festival of New Music and Visual Image, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, California, USA, 2011, - Music Production, 2011

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Award Ceremony: Visual Music Award 2011, Institute for New Media (INM) and Institute for Synaesthesia and Cocoonclub, Frankfurt, Germany, 2011, - Exhibition, 2011

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Sensorium, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2011, - Music Production, 2011

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma Installation', Sonic Pop Up Event, Dublin Contemporary 2011, National Concert Hall, Dublin, 2011, - Music Production, 2011

McDonnell, Maura, Visual Music - A Composition of the things themselves, Sounding Out 5 - "Soundworlds - Sonic Arts, Film and Radio", International Sound Symposium, Bournemouth University, UK, 8-10 September 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Maura McDonnell, Linda Buckley, Dermot Furlong, Gavin Kearney, ' 'Silk Chroma' - Spatial audio and video installation ', Innovation Dublin Festival, 2010, Printing House, Trinity College Dublin, 2010, - Exhibition, 2010

McDonnell, Maura and Buckley, Linda, , 'Silk Chroma', Electronic Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, 2010, - Visual art production, 2010

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Visual Music Marathon, Visual Arts Theater, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2009, - Film production, 2009

McDonnell, Maura, Visual Music - Integrated Composition, Seeing Sound Symposium 2009, Bath Spa University, UK, 8-10 September 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Visual Music Marathon, Egan Research Center, Northeastern University, Boston, 2007, - Film production, 2007

Maura McDonnell, An Analysis of the Concept of Harmony in the Audiovisual Composition 'Towards One', Trinity College Dublin, 1999 Thesis, 1999

Maura McDonnell, 'Edges', Darklight Digital Film Festival, Irish Film Institute (IFI), Dublin, 1999, - Film production, 1999

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Concert: Sounds Electric 2 Music and Image Festival, Queens University, Belfast, 1999, - Music Production, 1999

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Darklight Digital Film Festival, Irish Film Institute (IFI), Dublin, 1999, - Film production, 1999

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', Trinity College, Dublin, 1998, - Visual art production, 1998 URL

Maura McDonnell, 'Towards One', MMT Graduate Show, Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, 1998, - Music Production, 1998

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

McDonnell, Maura, My Research Topic: Visual Music - Dissertation and Arts Practice Research, DAH Open Evening, ATRL, Trinity College, Dublin , 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

McDonnell, Maura, The Colour Tone Analogy - Towards a Visual Music, Postgraduate Research Seminar, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin, 21 October 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

McDonnell, Maura, What is Visual Music?, DAH Seminar, Huston Film School, NUI Galway, Galway, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, Colour-Tone Analogy in Visual Music, DAH International Advisory Board, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 10 December 2012, 2012, DAH structured PhD organising committee Invited Talk, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, My Research is Visual Music, Conceptual Introduction to Digital Humanities and Digital Arts Seminar, ATRL, Trinity College Dublin, 20 February 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, Exploring Correspondences in Visual Music, DAH Institute Symposium, Huston Film School, NUI Galway, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McDonnell, Maura, Exploration of Musical Influences on the Visual in Visual Music, History and Theory of Digital Art Seminar, ATRL, Trinity College Dublin, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Maura McDonnell and Linda Buckley, 'Silk Chroma', Seeing Sound Symposium 2011, Bath Spa University, UK, 2011, - Music Production, 2011

Research Expertise

Keywords

Aesthetics; Art Criticism; Art Works/Artifacts; Choreography; Cinema/Video; Composition and Algorithmic composition, spectral music; Computer Arts; Computer Music; Continental philosophy; Creative Arts; Cultural Activities; Culture; Dance; Design Arts; Drawing; Electro-optics; Expansion Arts; Film Theory; Fine Arts; Graphic Design; Harmonic Analysis, Wavelets; History & Appreciation of Art; History & Appreciation of Music; Installation Art; Inter-Arts--Interdisciplinary Art Forms; Media Arts; Mixed-Media Art; Modern Art; Modernism, postmodernism; Multimedia; Music; Music Composition; Music Criticism; Musicology/Music Theory; New Music; Opera/Musical Theatre; Painting; Performance and technology; Performance Theory; Performing Arts; Philosophical Literature; Poetry; Set/Theatre Decoration/Design; Stochastic Processes; Theatre/Film Criticism; Video art; Video Installation; Videoart; Virtual Reality; Visual art; Visual Arts; Visual Culture; Visual Music; Visual perception

Recognition

Representations

Selection Committee: Video Music Category, International Computer Music Conference 2011 (ICMC), Huddersfield, UK 2011

Peer Reviewer: Composing Motion: A visual music retrospective' Organised Sound Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 2, Cambridge University Press, 2012 2012

Guest ATRL Research Observer: Motion capture theatre performance workshop, invited by the VIMMA project (Virtual, Intermedial and Mixed Reality Performance in Live Production and Creative Contexts), LUME, Helsinki, Finland 2013

Selection Committee: Seeing Sound Symposium 2016, Screening Programme, Bath Spa University, UK 2016

Paper reviewer: Second Workshop on Speech, Music and Mind: Detecting and Influencing Mental States with Audio, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, September 14, 2019 2019

Programme Committee: KLG 2020: klingt gut 2020 International Symposium on Sonic Art and Spatial Audio Arts and Media Campus, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, May 14-16, 2020 2020

Awards and Honours

Honorable Mention for Creative Work - MuVi5 video and moving image on synaesthesia and visual music 2018

Honorary Award - Visual Music Award (VMA) 2011

Irish Realex Web Award for the design and development of a primary school website. 2012