Festival / Music / Workshop / 12-12 April 2023


Tickets: €5 (includes refreshments)


This event is part of Music Current 2023, view the full programme here.

Show Time: 2pm (Duration 3 hours)

Facilitated by Francis Heery.

The Modular Synthesiser in Composition and Performance.

In this workshop Francis Heery will present the modular synthesiser setup he used during the composition of his new work for the Music Current Festival 2023. Participants will learn about the theory and functionality of the core modules and how they interact. Francis will also discuss the creative possibilities of feedback relations and controlled chaos in the modular environment, and how these can be implemented in both composition and performance.

This workshop is suitable for musicians, composers and concert-goers, or anyone with an interest in electronic music and how it is composed, or how hardware synthesisers can be integrated into composition and performance.


If you require assistance for your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 . You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.


Francis Heery (b.1980) is a composer and sound artist. His music draws from bio-aesthetics, science-fiction and occult thought. He is also an accomplished improvisor and performs with a setup integrating the programming environment Max/MSP with acoustic instruments and modular synths. He specializes in long-form, site-specific installations in public spaces, which he has performed in Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. His instrumental works have been performed by the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Crash Ensemble, the Quiet Music Ensemble, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the JACK quartet and by soloists including Carin Levine, Pascal Galois, James Aylward and Izumi Kimura.

He has received numerous funding awards for composition, performance and and research from the Music Current Festival, Dublin (2023, 2018), the art.ist Festival, Wiesbaden (2022), the Quiet Music Ensemble (2022), Galway County and City Councils (2022, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2011), the Centre Culturel Irlandais (2021) the Arts Council of Ireland (2020, 2014 2013) the Berlin Natural History Museum (2018), and and the Berlin International Sound Art Festival (2017). www.francisheery.com



“…decaying textures, sprawling diversions into arpeggiated rhythms, and even minutes of distorted stream-of-consciousness speech akin to Genesis’s rambling on old Throbbing Gristle boots. Playing out like a dream, it’s difficult to fully recall after the fact.” [Tristan Bath, The Wire]


Supported by the Arts Council; Arts Mentor Foundation Lucerne; Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin; City of Hamburg (Behörde für Kultur und Medien); IMRO; Studio4

Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

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