Dr Brian Bridges

Research Director - Music, Drama, Dance and the Performing Arts

School/Department
School of Arts & Humanities
Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Campus
Magee campus
Telephone
+44 28 7167 5407
Email
bd.bridges@ulster.ac.uk
Location
Room MA102
Londonderry
BT48 7JL

Brian Bridges is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (MPhil in Music and Media Technologies) and National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BA in English and Music; PhD in Music) and is a composer/sonic artist, electronic musician and researcher. He studied in Ireland with composers Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Jürgen Simpson (TCD) and Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth), in addition to private studies in the US with Glenn Branca and Tony Conrad. He is a founder–member of the Dublin–based Spatial Music Collective and his compositions have been programmed at festivals in Europe, the Americas and China. He has received support and commissions from arts organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Contemporary Music Centre and Resonance FM.

Research Interests

Much of Brian’s work is inspired by connections between perceptual processes, creative practices and technologies. His creative work includes sound–based installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition, including microtonal and spatial music. Other interests include the application of embodied models to musical practices and the design of performance systems and interfaces, and modes of interdisciplinary practices encompassing arts/humanities and STEM (see Hearts of STEM project, 2016–present). Brian is interested in hearing from potential collaborators or PhD students with project ideas related to the topics above.

Professional Affiliations

  • President: Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (2017–present)
  • External Examiner: Trinity College Dublin, MPhil in Music and Media Technologies (2017/18–2020)
  • External Examiner: Dundalk Institute of Technology, BA (Hons) Applied Music (2017/18-2020)
  • Vice–president: Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (2015–2017)
  • Editorial board: Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture (2014–present)
  • Represented composer: Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland
  • Founder–member: Spatial Music Collective (2006–present)
'Conduit'.. Bridges, Brian (Author). 2009.

Research output: ResearchDigital or Visual Products

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The River Sings.. Moore, Paul (Author); Lyons, Frank (Author); Bridges, Brian (Author); O'Hanlon, Greg (Author). 2009. Event: The River Sings, The Void Gallery.

Research output: ResearchInstallation

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Making Ghosts from Empty Landscapes.. Bridges, Brian (Author). 2010. Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. .

Research output: ResearchComposition

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A Space for Tension.. Bridges, Brian (Author). 2012. Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. .

Research output: ResearchComposition

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Collapsing Old Buildings (for G.F. Handel).. Bridges, Brian (Author). 2011. Event: Collapsing Old Buildings, Contemporary Music Centre, Fishamble Street, Dublin.

Research output: ResearchInstallation

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Mapping and Meaning: Embodied Metaphors and Non–localized Structures in Performance SystemDesign. / Graham, Ricky; Bridges, Brian.

Unknown Host Publication. Vol. 1 Copenhagen, Denmark : Re-New Digital Arts Forum, 2013. p. 216-222.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference contribution

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Ripples of Inertia Bells.. Bridges, Brian (Author). 2013.

Research output: ResearchComposition

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Gesture and Embodied Metaphor in Spatial Music Performance Systems Design. / Graham, Ricky; Bridges, Brian.

Unknown Host Publication. Goldsmiths University of London, 2014. p. 581-584.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference contribution

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Strategies for spatial music performance: the practicalities and aesthetics of responsive systems design. / Graham, Ricky; Bridges, Brian.

In: Divergence Press, Vol. 3, No. Dec 20, 12.2014.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Accessibility and dimensionality: enhanced real time creative independence for digital musicians with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. / Lyons, Frank; Bridges, Brian; McCloskey, Brendan.

In: Proceedings NIME 2015 Scientific Program, Vol. 1, 01.06.2015, p. 1-4.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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