Jenn Kirby
 Composer & Musician

Irish composer and musician Jenn Kirby on learning music theory as an adult from “kiddy” workbooks, breaking a sweat in a laptop orchestra, and how to enjoy music you hate.


Dr. Jenn Kirby is a composer, performer, lecturer and music technologist. Jenn works as the Programme Director for BA Music Performance and Production at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she teaches composition and music technology. Her output includes contemporary instrumental composition, electroacoustic music, sound art, noise music, laptop orchestra performance and solo live electronics. Her work has been performed in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada, the United States and Mexico. 

Jenn is very active 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 is an active member of the Irish Composers' Collective and the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association. She is founder and director of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra, a performing member of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra and a committee member of the Association of Irish Composers. Jenn also serves on the board of the International Alliance of Women in Music. 

Jenn holds 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. 


Phonetics begins at 02:06. For voice and live electronics, using Max and a gametrak controller (tether). Performed at the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association's 2017 conference in DkIT.

Gliche begins at 6:54. Performed by the Dublin Laptop Orchestra.

Dopamine begins at 15:12 and is excerpted again at 26:00. For three guitars, violin and accordion. Performed by Keenan Comartin, Allan Yzereef, Arden Armbruster, Ilana Waniuk and Olivia Steimel.

OneToN begins at 21:03. Extract of work. Performed by the Kirkos Ensemble.

Dopamine is excerpted for a second time at 26:00. See above for track and details.

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