Brian Connolly

(b. 1987)

Brian Connolly is a composer, sound artist and researcher from Dublin. Having starting out his
journey into music and sound by being fascinated by the use of music in marketing and media,
Brian's focus naturally shifted towards investigating the greater roles of sound, visuals and
perception within music, broadcasting and digital media. While completing his Bachelor of Music
degree (BMus) at Maynooth University, Brian began working as a freelance composer and
consultant for sound imaging and commercial production within the radio industry.
Upon the completion of an MA in Computer Music, Brian's passion for sound, perception and
music composition led him to undertake a PhD in music composition at Maynooth University in
2012, having been awarded the John and Pat Hume Scholarship. For Brian's doctoral studies,
research focus concerned non-linear psychoacoustic phenomena and their potential in turning the
inner ear into a musical instrument. Over the next four years, Brian began to build both a local and
international profile by presenting his work through concert performances and paper presentations
at conferences, festivals, symposia and other research-based events around the world.
More recently, in February 2017, Brian successfully passed his PhD under the external examination
of Dr Adrian Moore (University of Sheffield) and hopes to graduate in winter of this year.
Brian's music has been accepted for performance in programs with SMC, ISSTA 2015/2016/2017,
Music Current (Ireland), NI Science Festival, The Spatial Music Collective, Sonorites (Northern
Ireland), TIES 2015/2016/2017, Acoustical Society of America, FEaST Fest, NYCEMF, MUSLAB,
CEMI Circles (North America), INTER- (Scotland) and SSC, INTIME, BEaST Feast (England).
Brian also composed the music for Keith Barry's The Dark Side tour and was writer/presenter of the
RTÉ lyric fm documentary Why Music Can't Stay Still.