Works

HERESY – Act 1 & Act 2 (2013-2017)

2 hours 8 minutes
Electronic opera: 5 singers, continuous electronic soundtrack.
Individual titles: Overture to Act 1, The Throne Room Of Henry III, SceneLink 1, There Are Countless Suns, SceneLink 2, The Divine Sophia, SceneLink 3, At The Court Of Elizabeth I (parts 1-3), SceneLink 4, Magic Memory, Overture to Act 2, Cardinal Belarmine, SceneLink 5, The Trial, I Have Nothing To Recant, SceneLink 6, The Cell – Hallucinations, A Material Universe, Death By Fire, Belarmine Coda.
Libretto: Jocelyn Clarke/Eric Fraad.
Digital double album HERESY – Acts 1 and 2 released for online download/streaming on Bandcamp (2017).

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Homemade Ivory Dreams (2011 and 2013-17)

55 minutes
Software Instruments, piano, electronics.
Individual titles: CBG, Skunk Hours In The Demon Mist, Enniode, Growing Up In Formaldehyde, Rodusher, Debusher, Homemade Ivory Dreams, The Long Lake [1], The Long Lake [2], No Lone Man, The Nenuphar Of Nina.
CD release on Silverdoor and online download/streaming on Bandcamp (2017).

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Frail Things In Eternal Places (2015-16)

69 minutes
Software Instruments, electronics, improvised and scored vocals
Individual titles: By The Glimmer Of Memory, Shiramine, Within Her Singachamer, Entry Level 8, Mnemonic Space, Theatre Of Memory, Bright Bennu Bird, Chantry, Dark Scenery, Akasha. Mask Up, Her Singtime Sung, The Curves Of Quickest Descent, The Duskiss.
CD release on Silverdoor and online download/streaming on Bandcamp (2016).

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Playlist

A place where you can visit from time to time and listen to changing new tracks (and download/stream for a euro).
Software Instruments, electronics, vocals.
2 pieces which originally appeared on an album called Chalant – Memento Mori in 2012, which was re-released as Time Machine without them in 2015. Plus new compositions: Ghost Playhouse, The Ostraca (in 7 parts).

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Grandfather Clock (2011-14)

36 minutes
Pieces composed for 2 grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren.
Software instruments, plus live recording of For Ébha for piano, guitar, cello and laptop percussion.
Individual titles: For Ébha, Wassane, Little Deer, Lia Lucra, Kia Lin, Sleep (bonus track from Babel).
Limited edition CD release and online download/streaming on Bandcamp (2014).

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The Thousand Year Old Boy (2011-2013)

67 minutes
Software instruments, electronics, boy soprano, Iranian tenor, Turkish Mey flute, soprano saxophone.
Individual titles: Temwani, Nadé, Gyassa, The Thousand Year Old Boy, Gandharva, Apsara, The Sun Is Shining On The Terrace Of Fire, Imperfect Memory, Olesya, Lungtree, Knife- leaves Make Vintage Fabric Of The Sky, Temwani Sleeps.
Released on CD on Silverdoor and online download/streaming on Bandcamp 2013.

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Time Machine (2010-2011)

72 minutes
Piano, software instruments, voices.
Text: telephone answering machine messages from 1987-89.
Individual titles: Chalant, Voices Of Parents, Back In Time, Jonathan Prelude, Coat- hanger Kisses, Wassane, Back From Hospital, It’s Very Serious, Salomé At The Gate, Birth, Departure. Bonus track: No Lone Man.
Released on Heresy Records in 2015 through Naxos worldwide distribution. Original Release on CD by Psychonavigation Records in 2012, as Chalant – Memento Mori with extra tracks (Ahmad Prelude, Ahmad Melodies).
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The Room In The Tower (2008-9)

55 minutes
Piano, bass clarinet, ‘cello, double bass, female singer and playback of recorded acted scenes
(also version for piano, singer and playback)
Text: Carlo Gebler
MS: Composer, Crash Ensemble and Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin
Released on CD by Lagan Press in 2011, revised re-issue Silverdoor 2015 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Paavo’s Engagement (2008)

17 minutes
Piano
Released on CD on Psychonavigation (Ireland) in 2009 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Adolf Gebler, Clarinettist (2007-8)

41 minutes
Symphony orchestra, piano, female singer and playback of recorded acted scenes (also revised studio version for software virtual orchestra and singer).
Text: Carlo Gebler
MS: National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), composer and Contemporary Music Centre
Released on CD on Psychonavigation in 2009 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Cool Steel Army (2005 and 2007)

12 minutes
Variable ensemble – first performance: piano, saxophone, electric guitar, 2 percussion and electronic sounds
(also version for piano, laptop percussion and playback)
MS: Bradyworks Ensemble Montreal,composer and Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin
Released on CD on Psychonavigation Records in 2009 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Passades (2002-2007)

3 hours
CD (electronic sounds and transformed voices)
Individual titles: Volume 1 – Opening, First Set, Second Set, Third Set, Fourth Set, Closing. Volume 2 – The Opening, Frozen In Stereoscope, Link/Separator 1, The Sixth Set, Link/Separator 2, The Seventh Set, Link/Separator 3, Virdissa. Volume 3 – The Ninth Set.
Volumes 1 and 2 released on BV Haast (The Netherlands) on 2 CDs in 2004 and 2005. Volume 3 released on CD on Die Stadt (Germany) in 2007. All online on Bandcamp 2012.

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The Idea And Its Shadow (2000)

5 minutes
CD (spoken text and electronic sounds)
Released on BV Haast in 2005 and Silverdoor (Ireland) in 2001 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Ten Themes (all is bright) (2000)

9 minutes
Piano
Released on the Baby Grand album on BV Haast in 2006, and on Bandcamp 2012.

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Babel (1981, 1983-86 and 1988-1999)

6 hours 15 minutes
Tape ( at different times : electronic sounds, vocals, Fairlight Computer Music Instrument, pianos, synthesizers, digital sampler, electric guitars, clarinets, saxophones, French horn, violins, bassoon, trumpet, uilleann pipes, low whistle, accordion, flute, spoken texts).
Individual titles (main section: CDs 1,2,3): Pagoda Charm, Mansard, Yunnus, Earth To Earth, Cantilena, Kalu Rehearsals, Mercedes Spring, The Iron Language Alphabet, Entry Levels 1 and 2, Mr. Brady’s Room, Squat, The Room Of Rhetoric, Spirit Levels 1 – 4, The Stairwell, Dark Scenery Court Games, The Dressing Room, Vertical Fissures In Stone, Beautiful Day, Mall Fountain, Johnny’s Body At 002, Mr. Foley’s Final Moments.
Individual titles (KBBL section: CDs 4,5): The Morning Show (which includes You Must Be In, President Hillary And The Sherpas, Walter Ego’s Weekend, The Seventh Angel’s Flying Dream, Nanda In The Bar, Brunswick Leaves) , Surface Du Monde (which includes L’amour d’une Poule Au Ritz, Lettuce Is My Hair Well Watered, Navigatio, Ronda De Bastos, Au Fond du Jardin, I May Never Come Back ), Trapeze In Full-Moon Nights, The Entertainment And Leisure Pursuits Show (which includes Alle Rouste, The Proposal, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Movie Theme, Sir Geoffrey, Senanbru Vendanswi ), The Nightshow (which includes The Garden Room, Some Flooded Plain, The Blue Line To Wonderland, Satanasa, Part Of My Make-up, Farewell To Bray, Sleep).
Released on Silverdoor 5-CD set in 1999 and online download/streaming on Bandcamp 2012.

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Tradarr (1999)

20 minutes
Uilleann pipes, wind ensemble, double bass, percussion, sean-nos singer, live electronics.
Released on Netherlands Wind Ensemble label in 2000. This online extract uploaded to Bandcamp 2014.
MS in Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.

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Shindstu (1998)

10 minutes
Guitar, saxophone, percussion, trombone and live eletronics
Released on Caprice Records (Sweden) 2005.
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

Under the Green Time (1995)

11 minutes
Uilleann pipes, flute and electronic sounds.
Included on CMC (Ireland) free promotional CD in 1997 and on Netherlands Wind Ensemble label in 2000. Original pipes and electronics studio version uploaded to Bandcamp 2012.

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Charlotte Corday and the Lament of Louis XVI (1989)

25 minutes
Tape (electronic and concrete sounds and voices)
Released on CD by Artware Audio (Germany) 1992, and BV Haast (Holland) 2004, and online download/streaming on Bandcamp 2012.

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Salome (1988-1990, 1993,1995)

Suite from music for Oscar Wilde play
1 hour
Piano
Individual titles: Banquet Medley, Opening, Salome’s Entrance, Seduction Of The Guard, The Temptation Of John The Baptist, Death Of The Young Syrian, The Rejection Of Salome, Herod’s Entrance, Herod’s Descent Into Madness, Salome’s Dance, Herod Offers Salome Riches, The Execution, Salome’s Lament.
Released on CD by Gate Theatre Ireland (2000, now deleted). 5 tracks on the BV Haast released Baby Grand album (2006) on CD and online download/streaming on Bandcamp 2012..

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Contents Of The Pay-Jar (1983-88)

1 hour 10 minutes
Tape (Fairlight C.M.I. and voices)
Individual titles: Sidewards and Pinkways, Physical Missing, Clear The Drains, Chinja Miniatures, Arminarm, Fire On The Water 1 and 2, Quiet Slipper Year, Seresa 1, Pilar, Seresa 2 and 3, Say Yes To The Nice Lady, Ordained For Grave Dancing, Original Spring Is Coming, Come Down Off That Ceiling, Why Orange, Contempo.
Original release on cassette by Operating Theatre Tapes (Ireland) in 1989, called Light Years. Released on double CD Fairlight Memories on Silverdoor in 2000, and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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These Unsolved Mysteries (1987)

20 minutes
Tape (symphony orchestra, voice, electronic and concrete sounds).
Tape in RTE sound archive. MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

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Oedipus/Dracula Music (1986/87)

Best extracts of music for those theatre productions
11 minutes
Tape (synthesizers)
Released on Silverdoor in 2000.

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Budawanny (1986)

Suite from film soundtrack
42 minutes
Tape (piano, synthesizers)
Individual titles: Opening Music, Priest On Motorbike, Moving In, Inspecting The House, The Storm, The Vigil, Pregnant, The Boat Race, The Dance, Parting, Ecce, Budawanny.
Original release on cassette (1987), LP (1990). Re-released on CD on Silverdoor 2002. 3 live concert variations released on BV Haast Baby Grand album (2006), and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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The Love Of Don Perlimplin And Belisa In The Garden (1984 rev. ’88)

Suite from music for Lorca play
56 minutes
Tape (Fairlight C.M.I. and vocals)
Individual titles: Curtain Music, Opening Music, What Good Would Marriage Do Me, Ah Love Ah Love, Preparations For The Wedding, The Wedding, Wedding Night Music, Comings And Goings, Perlimplin Dreams, Curtain Music, Love Love That Here Lies Wounded, Again I Have Failed To See Him, He Writes Me Letters, Don Perlimplin Has No Honour, The Garden, Upon The Banks Of The River, Perlimplin Dies.
Original release on cassette by Operating Theatre Tapes (Ireland) in 1989. Released on double CD Fairlight Memories on Silverdoor in 2000, and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Atlantean (1983)

Music for documentary series
3 minutes and 11 minutes (2 versions)
Tape (Fairlight C.M.I.) and concert version for 2 synthesizers, hand drum and fiddle.
Released on Silverdoor (both versions) in 2002 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Operating Theatre – The Early Years (1980-1986 and 1999)

1 hour 33 minutes
Tape ( at different times: vocals, synthesizers, piano, Fairlight C.M.I., harmonium, drums, bass guitar, trombone.)
Individual titles: Sir Geoffrey, Part Of My Make-up, No Come, Syllable, Dragon Path, The Confectioners, Miss Mauger, Austrian, Positive Disintegration, Blue Light And Alpha Waves, Rampwalk, Satanasa, Ah Love Ah Love, Fingerdance Waltz/Hymn, Club Music/Amene-Moi, Belisa In The Garden, Don Perlimplin Has No Honour, The Tractor, Queen Of No Heart, Spring Is Coming With A Strawberry In The Mouth, Before She Was Asked To Dance, Johnny’s Body At 002.
Some material released as vinyl singles in 1981/82 by CBS Records. Also a mini-LP called Miss Mauger in 1983 on the Kabuki label (London), plus a single on the Mother label (set up by U2) in 1986. Released on a double CD in 2006 on Operating Theatre/Dublin Electronic Arts Festival label, and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Rapid Eye Movements (1978-1980)

30 minutes
Tape (electronic and concrete sounds)
Originally released on LP in 1981 by United Dairies (London). Re-released on Silverdoor in 2003, and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Fin-estra (1977)

25 minutes
Tape (electronic and concrete sounds)
Originally released on LP in 1981 by United Dairies (London). Re-released on Silverdoor in 2003 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Thalia (1976)

29 minutes
Tape (electronic and concrete sounds and voices)
Originally released on LP in 1978 on CBS Classics. Re-released on Silverdoor 2002 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Solar Eyes (1975)

13 minutes
Tape (electronic and concrete sounds)
Originally released on LP in 1978 on CBS Classics. Re-released on Silverdoor in 2002 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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All The Rage (1974)

9 minutes
Symphony Orchestra
Tape in RTE sound archive. MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

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Oizzo No (1968-1975)

43 minutes
Tape ( at different times: electronic and concrete sounds, piano, flute and string orchestra, uilleann pipes, tin whistle and Irish harp, voices, drums, guitar, clarinet, violin, viola, cello).
Individual titles: Bitter-Sweet Suite, Ceol Sidhe, Oizzo No, Obstinato, Why Is Kilkenny So Good, Two Movements For Flute And Strings, Theme From Emtigon, Extra Bit
Originally self-released on LP in 1975. Re-released on CD on Silverdoor in 2002 and online on Bandcamp 2012.

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Six Pieces For Pupils Who Don’t Like Exams (1969/70 and 1973-75)

17 minutes
Piano
Individual titles: Piano Suite (which includes Journeys, In Paris, Dominique This Year ), Bitter-Sweet Suite and Baby Grand.
Bitter-Sweet Suite on Thalia/Oizzo No album (Silverdoor 2002). Piano Suite on Rapid Eye Movements album (Silverdoor 2003). Baby Grand released on BV Haast in 2006.
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

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Me And They (1970)

7 minutes
Wind Quintet and female voice.
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

Four Sketches (1969)

13 minutes
Symphony Orchestra.
Tape in RTE sound archive. MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

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Two Movements For Violin And Piano (1968)

6 minutes
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

Movement For Guitar And Flute (1968)

3 minutes
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

Three Poems By Patrick MacDonogh (1968)

8 minutes
Piano and female voice
MS in Contemporary Music Centre.

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