A look at how artists gather and create sounds from unusual and everyday materials to create audio works of art. Éist le fuaim na habhann is gheobhaidh tú breac.

The Irish proverb ‘Éist le fuaim na habhann is gheobhaidh tú breac’, which can be translated as ‘Catching fish is not the whole of fishing’, or more literally as ‘Listen to the sound of the river and you will catch a trout’, is an appropriate title for this ‘Cúrsaí Ealaíne’ special programme on sound art from 1997.  

Artists Roger Doyle, Fergus Kelly, Stephanie Condon Casey, Seán Ó hUigín and Danny McCarthy.  All work with very different sounds, but their aim is the same: to create an aural experience for the listener. 

Electronic music composer Roger Doyle uses technology and sounds recorded from everyday life to create sound pieces and music in his recording studio.

Many people might walk past a noisy construction site, but for Fergus Kelly it is a source of inspiration, not only for the sounds he records, but for the bits and pieces of metal and other builders' cast-offs, from which he invents new instruments, 

Tá fuaim cosúil leis an aimsir.  Bíonn sé ann gach lá agus bíonn sé difrúil gach lá.  Cuireann sé isteach orainn nó is maith linn é.  Ach bíonn sé ann i gcónaí.


Stephanie Condon Casey records familiar sounds from her home and combines them with recorded interviews to make art for the medium of radio.  For her, sound art is accessible for people,

Roghnaím fuaim mar is féidir liom dul isteach in intinn an lucht éisteachta, agus is féidir liom an obair a chur ar an raidió...téann an obair isteach i saol na daoine.  Ní caitheann said teacht go gailearaí no art space...

Seán Ó hUigín likes the sounds of voices working together, and uses the human voice to create sound textures.  Danny McCarthy believes what he creates for his installations is equally as valid as art created in the visual medium, 

Cosúil le dealbhadóir a úsáideann cloch nó adhmaid, nó péintéir scuab, úsáidim fuaim chun ealaín a dhéanamh.  'Sé an ealaín an príomhrud.

This episode of ‘Cúrsaí Ealaíne’ was broadcast on 19 January 1997.  The producer was Sheila De Courcy.

'Cúrsaí Ealaíne' was RTÉ Television's Irish language arts series.  Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin was the primary presenter.  ‘Cúrsaí Ealaíne’ ran from 1991 to 1999, and during that period Mac Dhonnagáin was joined by presenters and reporters Marina Ní Dhubháin, Sarah Ryder and Harry McGee, Kate Ní Fhiongaile and Áine Ní Bhric.