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RESEARCH AND LEARNING ‣ Jenn Kirby - Electronics: Performer Agency and Audience Reception IRCAM 2019

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Dr. Jenn Kirby is a composer, performer, lecturer and music technologist. Jenn works as the Programme Leader for MA Music at the University of the West of Scotland. She previously worked at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Trinity College Dublin. Jenn's output includes contemporary instrumental composition, electroacoustic music, sound art, noise music, experimental-pop, laptop orchestra performance and solo live electronics. Her work has been performed in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada, the United States and Mexico. Jenn has been commissioned by Kirkos Ensemble, Glasshouse Ensemble, Ensemble Entropy, among others. She has undertaken residencies with Cove Park, soundSCAPE Festival and National Theatre Wales. Jenn delivers workshops and masterclasses on creative coding and improvisation.

Jenn is very engaged in the performance of electronic music as a performer and a sofware developer. She builds software and re-purposes controllers as musical interfaces to create and perform theatrical and often humourous live electronic music. Jenn's research is focused on developing methodologies for achieving performer agency in live electronic music and utilising audio-visual symbiosis to enhance audience engagement.

Jenn is the President of the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association. She is founder and director of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra, a founding member of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra and a committee member of the Association of Irish Composers. Jenn is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.

Jenn holds a PhD in Composition from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Music Technology from the University of Limerick, a BSc in Software Development from Limerick Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Teaching and Learning Support.


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