Welcome to the Trinity 360 Blog

This blog will document the composition, production and recording of a new, large-scale work of spatial music, which will be performed in the front square of Trinity College Dublin in April 2016. Trinity 360 is the working title for this project, which encompasses both the spatial music performance, and the resulting 360 video and audio recording of the concert.

Although I have composed and performed lots of spatial music, opportunities to write and perform such a large scale, site-specific orchestral work don’t come along that often. So I’m hugely grateful for the support of the Trinity Creative initiative in realising this exciting new project, and very much look forward to working with some of the many performing groups associated with Trinity College Dublin such as Trinity OrchestraCue Saxophone Quartet, and the Spatial Music Collective, and exploring the sounds of the university campus and the city that surrounds it

Over the next few months, I will be posting about the ongoing composition of this new work, and the technical research we’re conducting here in Trinity on 360 audio and virtual reality. So if you’re interested in orchestral and electroacoustic spatial music, a spectral view of the bells of Trinity’s Campanile, 360 cameras and microphones, or the history of Trinity’s often complex relationship with Dublin city, check back here in the coming weeks.



Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic at Trinity College Dublin where he lectures on the Music & Media Technologies Programme. His music has been performed by, among others, the Crash Ensemble, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, Anne La Berge, Concorde, Trio Scordatura, Mise-en ensemble, Kate Ellis, Darragh Morgan, the Doelen Quartet, and New Dublin Voices. He has received various commissions and awards including at the 37th Florilege Vocal de Tours and 2008 Irish National Choir of the Year competitions, the 2009 Gaudeamus Music Prize shortlist, and the 2010 Música Viva Competition.

He is a founder member of the Spatial Music Collective and is an active performer, both of his own work and with The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Miriam Ingram, Nina Hynes/Dancing Suns, Chequerboard, among others. He has also worked as a producer/engineer for a variety of artists and groups such as the Crash Ensemble, Mumbling Deaf Ro, Somadrone, Conor Walsh and Daniel Figgis.

In 2010 he completed a PhD entitled The Composition and Performance of Spatial Music at Trinity College Dublin, where he now lectures. His research work includes spatial music composition and performance, the aesthetics of electroacoustic music, and the augmented electric guitar.

Scores and other material are available from his page at the Irish Contemporary Music Centre.

TRINITY 360 will be a new work of spatial music for multiple loudspeakers and performers, funded as part of the Trinity Creative initiative. The concert will feature many of the performing groups associated with Trinity, and will be presented as a large-scale live event in the Front Square of Trinity College Dublin in April 2016. This immersive live performance will also be filmed and recorded to create a 360 virtual reality presentation and surround sound recording of the event.