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A recording of my piece which made the final of the 2018 Peter Rosser Composition Competition, performed by the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble at the award final, in Belfast.

I’m pleased to say that Lady Death, a short film written by my very talented girlfriend Karen Quinn, which I filmed and composed the soundtrack for, is now publicly available to watch. It’s about Lady Death, her difficulty in trying to lead a normal life, and her attempts to find a companion.

Watch it here.

A commission for the Ulster Youth Choir in 2016.

I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for the third Peter Rosser Award for composition, run by the stunningly good Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. My piece, Taking[Up][In][Off][Away], will be performed at the final, alongside the other two shortlisted works, this coming Tuesday 27th March. There will also be a recording of the event posted online afterwards, so I’ll be sure to post that here as soon as it’s available.

I don’t usually go into massive detail about the subject matter of my music, if it can be avoided, but this piece (unavoidably, really) reflects upon a number of things that have happened in my life recently. There are a few different compositional processes going on throughout the piece, which are what its title refers to.

It’s been great to get shortlisted, and best of luck to my co-finalists on Tuesday!

Donegal is gorgeous. Filmed with my DJI Phantom 3 Pro, with some original music.

This was my second short film, starring my wonderful dad.

This was my first brush with virality -- fun.

Here's experiment I'd been wanting to try for quite some time, after seeing it in a YouTube video several years ago.

The explanation of the phenomenon is pretty simple:

  • The camera is recording an image 24 times per second (23.976 to be exact).
  • There is a speaker which vibrates the water at the same frequency, causing it to drip in a near-perfectly repeating pattern.
  • The camera images the stream of water in exactly the same position every time, thus it appears not to move.

When the audio frequency is changed to be slightly faster than the camera's sample rate, the drops appear to fall very slowly. Likewise, when it is made slightly slower, the drops appear to move slowly in reverse.

First There are Whispers from Stephen Coyle on Vimeo.

Near the end of 2013, after a recommendation from a lecturer of mine, the potential opportunity for me to show a short film at the Aubagne International Film Festival arose. Without going into all the boring details, I seized the opportunity and made a film, and ended up getting to show it in Aubagne in March 2014. I had only fairly basic experience in videography at the time, and it represented essentially my first attempt at writing and directing. On top of that, there were fairly significant time restrictions, with the film going from an idea to its complete state within about two weeks. I was very pleased with how the project turned out, though, and goes towards confirming my suspicion that I'm at my most productive under pressure or a harsh deadline.