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Women in Music Technology: Analog On

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 1 – 2pm

Women in Music Technology: Analog On

A panel discussion with Richard Duckworth (TCD), Shauna Caffrey (Analog On), and Lara Albergo (Analog On), as part of the Women’s Stories series, a collaboration between NearFM Community Radio and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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Analog On is an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage analogue electronics and modular synthesizers. 

Three of the four Analog On members are women. The stories are their own, and best related in person—yet there are some general observations that hold true in the case of Analog On and, perhaps, in general when one is discussing the topic of women in music technology. The key accessibility factor is education—the opportunity to enter the electronic music world (as a subset of the music industry), is granted by courses that feature music technology components. This has led to a shift back to a more equal gender balance as employers and acts are more likely to hire on the basis of merit. One of our members has carried out research in this area, and it was found that some of the younger women interviewed had never experienced bias in the industry.

This panel discussion will include segments about the instruments used and the concepts behind electronic music, interspersed with contributions from the members of the band.

This talk will be broadcast on Near FM (date tbc). You can listen to Near FM online www.nearfm.ie/livestream or on 90.3FM.

Lara Albergo studied Comparative languages and cultures in Italy and has recently completed her MA in Arts Management at UCD  researching on women in music technology. Passionate about electronic music since early age, Lara joined Analog On in September 2017 and since then has performed regularly as well as looking after the management.

Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicologist (TCD, UCC) and performer. Her life-long love of experimental soundtrack led her to join Analog On, and since then she has delighted in the creation of 'weird noise' and bizarre soundscapes through mixed media.

Richard Duckworth studied electronic music under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University in the 1980s: this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system and he spent many hours in the electronic music studio experimenting with voltage-controlled systems. After this he worked as a sound engineer at CBGBs for many years – he is now lecturer in music technology at Trinity College Dublin.

About Women’s Stories

In this new radio series Women’s Stories, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in collaboration with Near FM Community Radio will illuminate a diverse range of stories on women’s place in society.

Women’s place in society, both historically and in the 21st century has seen so much change, for good and bad. Through this new series of talks, we will explore topics as diverse as the story of Giulia Farnese, an Italian born mistress to Pope Alexander VI, to widows in early 17th century Ireland and right through to present day stories from the frontline of Irish women in music technology. These topics will be brought to life by guest speakers, actors, writers and researchers from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities. The talks, which will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, are free to attend and will be recorded for broadcast on Near FM.

The Women’s Stories radio series is produced by Trinity Long Room Hub and Near FM with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television licence fee.

You can listen to Near FM online www.nearfm.ie/livestream or on 90.3FM.

Click here to find out more about this series.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Trinity Long Room Hub
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