ETs Reach New Digital Dimensions

The composers Peter Moran, Lorcan Doherty, and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra worked with local students from the Music Promise Exceptionally Talented Programme, using coding, improvisation, motion sensors, and live electronics to create soundscapes and compositions to be performed to a public audience the very next day.

Meeting for the first time with their mentors on Saturday February 15th, the students worked with cutting edge technology and techniques to create sounds and compositions using technology and traditional instruments. Great fun was had gathering field recordings from the day and weaving these into musical sounds.

On Sunday the team moved to Eccho Echo Dance Studios where students and mentors met the professional troupe of dancers geared up to respond to and interpret the new music pieces composed by the music professionals and eager students.

Digital Dimensions premiered on Sunday 16th of February from 6pm to 7pm in Echo Echo Dance Studios, Magazine Street to a packed audience. Students performed their new pieces with great pride and their mentors were clearly very pleased with how the whole experiment had gone.

For ET Co-ordinator Dr Sean Doherty ' this was a unique opportunity to introduce the young people to new techniques in contemporary music composition and it also gave them the chance to work with some of the greatest names in Ireland who are invested in this genre of music'

The ET journey started six months ago. So far the young people have had the chance to experiment with many genres of music,compose, perform and collaborate with many leading names on the music scene - from jazz to contemporary classical, choral to digital.