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Roger Doyle

Born in Dublin in 1949, he studied composition on scholarshops at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht and the Finnish Radio Experimental Music Studio. He produced his first recorded album Oizzo No in 1975, and has released numerous CDs. He specialises in electro-acoustic music, and has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded with actress Olwen Fouere. Babel, his magnum opus, was begun in 1990 and had its first public showing in an entire wing of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1992 as a dance piece. Subsequent sections were composed during residencies at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the EMS studios in Stockholm and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague. A five-CD box set, Babel, was released to celebrate the work's completion and the composer's 50th birthday in 1999.

Other works include a 2-hour piano score for the Gate Theatre production of Oscar Wilde's play Salomé, directed by Steven Berkoff, which played in Dublin's Gate Theatre, London's West End and on three world tours; a 70 minute film score Budawanny directed by Bob Quinn; and Under the Green Time, a collaboration with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. A new large-scale work Passades has just been released on three CDs.

He has won the Programme Music Prize (1997) and the Magisterium Award (2007) at the Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition, France, and he received the Marten Toonder Award in 2000. He is constantly amazed that he is a composer.

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