Dr Brian Bridges

Research Director - Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Film & Screen

School of Arts & Humanities

Derry~Londonderry campus

Room MA022,
BT48 7JL,

Arts and Humanities Research

Research Director - Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Film & Screen

Dr Brian Bridges


Brian Bridges is Senior Lecturer in Music and Creative Audio.

He is a composer/sonic artist, electronic musician and arts-technology researcher, having graduated from Trinity College Dublin (MPhil in Music and Media Technologies, 2003) and National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BA in English and Music, 2001; PhD in Music, 2013), in addition to private studies in the US with Glenn Branca (2005) and Tony Conrad (2006) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Research interests include ideas and experiences of embodiment and (extreme) environments in creative practices and technologies, as well as the various ways in which music and sound evoke, or sometimes challenge, concepts.

Research fields include composition and installation practices, musical HCI, sound design, modular synthesis, soundtrack studies, microtonality, and spatial music.

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of embodied models to musical practices, sound design, and the design of performance systems and interfaces, including in immersive contexts, with publications in fora including the proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Conference on Auditory Display, International Computer Music Conference, journals including Journal of Sonic Studies and the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces and volumes on sound design, sound spatialisation, and sound in interaction published by Routledge (including Focal Press) and Springer.

My creative outputs include sound–based spatial/immersive installations, audiovisual pieces and electroacoustic and acoustic composition, with particular interests in microtonal music.

I am a founder–member of the Dublin–based Spatial Music Collective and his compositions have been programmed at festivals in Europe, the Americas and China, receiving support and commissions from arts organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Contemporary Music Centre and Resonance FM.

Other interests include connections between arts and humanities and STEM, and I have served as Vice-President and President of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association, as well as co-founding the Hearts of STEM (2016-18) and Oscillations and Modulations conference-festivals (2018-present), the latter being the first conference-festival on the island of Ireland devoted to modular synthesis and related practices.

I am interested in hearing from potential collaborators or PhD students with project ideas related to the topics above.

Professional Affiliations

See PURE profile (link below).

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Dr Brian Bridges
Title Closing Date
Music, Drama, Film and Screen, and Heritage / Museum Studies Research Programmes N/A