New Digital Archive of Irish Contemporary Music

Tuesday 24th May, 2011

The Contemporary Music Centre welcomed Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to launch CMC’s major digitisation initiative, the Irish Composers Project at the centre on Tuesday 24 May.  The Irish Composers Project has been a partnership between the Contemporary Music Centre and the An Foras Feasa research consortium comprising the music departments of Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, and St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Its overall purpose is to enable the research and promotion of the music of Irish Composers of the 20th and 21st century. The project involves the scanning and digitising of CMC’s unique collection of Irish composers’ scores, recordings and related collections for future online access and has been running since late 2008.

CMC has reached a crucial stage in the Irish Composers Project, currently having completed the digitization of 60% of our catalogue (over 3000 scores and 1000 recordings) and is now able to offer sample pages of scores and recordings from the digitised files, available via CMC’s web site, for browsing at cmc.ie/digitalarchive. Reaching this point is a milestone for the CMC and for Irish composers but only one step in this ongoing digitisation process. This launch celebrates the first step in the digital preservation of our modern musical heritage, central to CMC’s plans for the future.

Throughout 2011, CMC celebrates twenty-five years in operation with a series of events to highlight the contribution and significance of Irish composers.  This launch of the Irish Composers Project forms part of this programme.

(score excerpt from Seoirse Bodley’s Chamber Symphony which has been digitised as part of the CMC’s digital archive initiative).

This resource will be invaluable to new music performers, composers, students and enthusiasts.