ISSTA 2016 at Echo Echo

7th Sep - 9th Sep Echo Echo Studios 12.00-18.00
Echo Echo welcome The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association for a spatial sound installation and performance

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Events at Echo Echo

Robin Parmar (Canada/Ireland)

In that Place, the Air was Very Different: a Chorosonic Study

  • Installation: Wed 7th September to Fri 9th September, 12–6pm
  • Performance with Echo Echo Ensemble dancers: Fri 9th September at 5pm

Free admission. Open to the public. 


Installation: 8-speaker spatial sound installation

Ancient Greek philosophers had three approaches to place. We are today familiar with the geographic and topographic, since these conform to dominant activities of measurement and classification. The third approach, the chorographic, has largely been marginalised. This method describes place in terms of overlapping zones of difference and similarity.

In that place, the air was very different reconfigures sounds from Derry and elsewhere, creating an imaginary sonic place, responsive to each listener. This environment expresses our embedded situation in a matrix of connections and flows. As such, it is a chorosonic study.


Echo Echo Dance Company, under the creative directorship of Steve Batts, will perform alongside Robin Parmar’s sound installation with a panoramic view of the city as backdrop.


Robin Parmar explores the poetics of place and memory using improvisatory methods in composition, performance, text, and film. Works have appeared in Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Slovenia, Canada, and the USA. His albums include "...between..." (Gruenrekorder, 2014) with David Colohan, and "The Drones" (Stolen Mirror, 2013). Recent papers have examined the "angst" of digital music, the "space" of Joy Division, and the hypermodern–as–science-fiction. Robin is currently researching the phenomenology of field recording for a doctorate at De Montfort University, Leicester. He lives in Limerick, Ireland.


Media interviews and releases


Dr Brian Bridges: Vice-President of ISSTA and Chair of ISSTA 2016, Lecturer at Ulster University, Magee campus

E: bd.bridges [at] Tel. 07595715280

Dr John King: Festival/Conference manager, ISSTA 2016

E:  johnking2010 [at] Tel. 07841825221


The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association is an organisation that brings together practitioners integrating fields of music, art, sound, science and technology.

It serves musicians, researchers, scientists, engineers and artists by promoting sound within the arts, science and technology, within Irish and international communities.

Since 2010 ISSTA has hosted an annual conference and festival, gathering researchers from around the globe to present papers, installations, concerts and workshops. In 2016 we are coming to Northern Ireland for the first time, hosting our 6th International event in the city of Derry/Londonderry, 7th-9th September.

ISSTA website 

ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

Activities Include:

  • Art installations and sound-based performances, surround sound/spatial music concerts, live electronic music gig nights, workshops and talks.

Venues include:

  • Ulster University
  • Void Gallery
  • Nerve Centre FabLab
  • Inner City Trust: Craft Village and Garden of Reflection Gallery
  • Visit Derry exhibition space
  • Bennigans
  • Echo Echo
  • St Columb’s Cathedral
  • Sandinos


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