I am from Limerick, Ireland. I have recorded/played music for over 20 years. I have recorded over 100 bands. I have worked at primary, secondary, and tertiary education. I am (random, I know) also a Mechanical Engineer. I am an actor. I have directed and produced live plays and shows. I even studied Latin in school. I have travelled the world. I have been in love. Or to use an Eels quote; http://eelstheband.com/lyrics/bl_33.php "i knew true love and i knew passion and the difference between the two." I am a songwriter. I love it when I hear Maria Callas speak of how she performs pieces "according to the psychological situation." Psychology and songwriting are 2 sides of the same coin. I love all art that makes the room come alive. Learning is a form of this and what brings me to create a TED profile. Knowing how to say your piece efficiently is part of the gig, so I'll stop there and not repeat the rest of my profile. :-)
Areas of Expertise
Audio & Music Technology, Blended Learning, Audio Recording
An idea worth spreading
Audio recording - I am interested in how we hear ourselves. Sensing ourselves through hearing. I have recorded hundreds of musicians and speakers over many years and have observed their reactions. Their improvement as musicians, as recording artists, or as learners. How a child can feel more ownership of something which they narrated with their own voice. The familiarity of our own voices. Or the challenges in learning to like the sound of our own voice. Learning from listening to recordings of ourselves. I hope to do research and present findings on this topic. I believe audio recording should be more central to music education. Every musician I have ever recorded has learned so much by entering the recording studio. But with mobile devices today, accessing these experiences is more available to people.
I'm passionate about
That moment when you hear your voice back at you. That's the moment my ideas begin. Hearing is a powerful sense. But do we use it enough to understand ourselves? I hope to tell all to TED some day!
People don't know I'm good at
As well as music/recording/education, I'm also an actor. I'm fascinated by the psychological realities that exist in scripts, the music/tempo/timbre within drama, and differing audience reactions.
My TED story
From this website many talks have influenced me. With Johnny Lee's talk here www.ted.com/talks/johnny_lee_demos_wii_remote_hacks.html, I helped kids create their own interactive whiteboard in their school. It hit me how powerful an idea shared can be. "Ideas want to be free" is a quote from someone. I can't remember who. But that sort of part of the idea. The person isn't as important as the message or idea. I'd like for my ideas or what I've learned through audio recording to just be out there. I feel that recording engineers and the knowledge they gather while recording artists, perhaps their ideas should reach a wider audience. I'm also interested in people recording themselves. Musicians analysing their own performances by recording them. And even listening to yourself speak or breathe. That's you that is! And it's beautiful. And nobody can hear you like you. :-) Perhaps, Brene Brown stylee, we can best allow ourselves to be vulnerable by listening to ourselves.