Gerard Gormley (aka being strangers) creates noise-based works that explore concepts of microsound. He works in electroacoustic music, audiovisual installation, sound design for film, and songwriting. In addition to his work as a composer, he is active as a sound engineer in studio recording contexts, and has an ongoing research project that examines the history of 3D audiovisual systems.

Gerard was awarded a PhD in composition from Queen's University Belfast, where he was a teaching assistant for courses in recording techniques and electroacoustic composition. He has also taught performance, music production, and music history at Belfast Metropolitan College. He is currently a Programme Leader and Lecturer in Audio and Music Production at Buckinghamshire New University.

Gerard’s collaborations with visual artists include the installations ‘The Weight of My Soul Keeps Ringing in my Ears’ and ‘Lock Your Soul In The Brain Of My World...’, with Helena Hamilton. He has also composed music and engineered recordings for the interactive sound art label Optophono.

As a songwriter Gerard has collaborated with bands including Master & Dog and Sunday School Sessions. The latter is a collective of Irish songwriters who released an album in 2014 to critical acclaim, and have provided songs for the soundtrack to the Irish film Waiting for Tom. From 2009-2011, Gerard's song 'Long May You Reign' for Master & Dog was featured in an extensive TV, radio and cinema advertisement campaign by the NI Tourism Board.

In 2015, Gerard was chosen as the Artist-in-Residence at Belfast's leading contemporary arts centre, The MAC,  as part of a programme co-sponsored by Moving On Music. In 2016 he also served as Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. This residency was generously funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Videos from both residencies can be viewed here.

Gerard's recent projects include sound design for the Prisons Memory Archive, a series of documentaries and interactive website by Belfast-based filmmaker Cahal McLaughlin, and music composition for the films Dam and Forgive Me Not by Conan Mc Ivor and Michael J Daly.



Photographer: Joe Laverty