Roger Doyle is one of Ireland's most internationally acclaimed composers and has been making music for five decades. His work ranges from orchestral, to minimalist piano to electronica, where he earned the nickname 'The Godfather of Irish Electronica'.

Roger has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular, with the music theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded with the actress Olwen Fouéré. Babel, his magnum opus, which took ten years to compose, was released on a 5-CD set in 1999, and contains 103 pieces of music.

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A feature documentary film on him, directed by Brian Lally, called The Curious Works of Roger Doyle, was released last year - watch it here via RTÉ Player.

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Roger performs in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 2nd October as part of the two-day festival Haunted Dancehall. This new festival will see over 25 international and Irish artists from the adjoining worlds of electronic, contemporary classical, ambient, hauntology, noise and experimental music perform in five different rooms throughout the National Concert Hall over Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 7.30pm to late. Participating acts include Oneohtrix Point Never, Caterina Barbieri, Blackhaine, Coby Sey, Fears, Sunil Sharpe, Robbie Kitt, Elaine Howley and more. Find out more here.

We asked Roger for his choice cultural picks...

FILM

The recent documentary on film music composer Ennio Morricone, simply called Ennio.

For decades I've been haunted by the depth of feeling conveyed in his use of unexpected harmonies and aching soulful melodies, which keeps reminding me of the sorry state most film music continues to be in.

My personal favourite of his is the music he composed for a film called U-Turn.

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MUSIC

Sadly the singer called Sophie died in a tragic accident just after making this, at the age of 35. When I first heard it I couldn't believe someone had actually done something so excitingly twenty-first century and with such technical proficiency. I often find myself asking: 'yes, but where is the twenty-first century’. Now at last I’ve heard it. Took a while.

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BOOKS

I've been reading James Joyce’s Finnegan's Wake on and off since my late twenties. Dipping in is the only way to do it I believe. Originally I was in a study group led by Joyce expert Roland McHugh which met once a week and tackled a page at a time. I took the plunge about 18 months ago and began setting chosen spoken extracts to music, read by top Irish actors. There’s a phrase on page 432 in the book: ’to share our hard suite of affections with thee’.….this is my 'Suite of Affections’. I’ve done 25 so far. Here’s one, read by Isobel Mahon, who brings it to life:

THEATRE

Looking forward to seeing How To Be A Dancer in 72,000 Easy Lessons at the Gate Theatre during the Dublin Theatre Festival, choreographed by and starring Michael Keegan-Dolan. I attended a workshop for composers and choreographers in 1988 and that’s where I first met Michael. Us composers had to crawl across the floor and do all the warm-up exercises with the dancers. They had grace, we were like seals. Very enjoyable and productive and a great learning experience.

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TV

Currently I’m watching the second series of The Capture, a British mystery thriller on BBC One. It’s stylish and professional, with a great script, great acting and unexpectedly good music.

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GIG

Jazz/rock guitarist John McLaughlin at the National Concert-Hall last May, with his band The Fourth Dimension. It was a thrill to see him walking out onto the stage. I’ve been listening to his music since the 70’s.

This is a recent video with playing of such presence and communication that you rarely hear- a track called You Know, You Know:

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TECH

I work a lot in the recording studio with various bits of software. One of the ones that inspires me the most is called Melodyne - originally made as a piece of pitch-correction software, but it also grabs hold of a piece of audio and instantly freezes it in time…like turning a waterfall to ice. A quick example:

THE NEXT BIG THING...

There's a band called Knower who belt it out and are so well-rehearsed with such serious dedication, it is a joy to hear. This, recorded in a bedroom. They’re going places, I hope.

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Roger Doyle performs in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 2nd October as part of the Haunted Dancehall festival - find out more here. for details.