Paul McGuire (b. 1988) is a Dublin-born composer based in London. He is fascinated by the grain of sound and the interactivity between real and recorded sound. He investigates the acoustic, timbral and technical characteristics of musical instruments, beyond a usage of extended techniques in order to focus his practice on sounds that one wouldn’t normally associate with such instruments. He is also interested in lo-fi audio production, and he takes full advantage of sampling and looping technologies, building dense textures of sound from on-the-fly home recordings.
Paul earned a BA (Hons.) in Music from Trinity College Dublin, where he specialised in composition under Donnacha Dennehy and Sean Reed and pursued further composition studies at Brunel University London. He is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at Brunel with Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox, funded by the 2012 Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship Award.
In February 2013, Paul won the Pablo Wendel – Performance Electrics International Composition Competition for his piece Marshes (2013), written for mass guitar ensemble. He was one of five international composers selected to take part in a composition workshop and master class with Marcos Balter for II Bienal Música Hoje in Curitiba, Brazil, in August 2013, for which he was commissioned by Stuttgart’s ensemble cross.art to write Mantle (2013) for piano trio. In 2011, he was one of seven composers chosen to attend Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Paul has performed with a number of rock groups, one of which (Halves) he played a number of shows with at South by South-West in Austin, Texas in 2010. His compositions have been performed by various ensembles including ensemble cross.art, Open Source Guitars, Con-Tempo String Quartet, and turnEnsemble, and he often performs his own work autonomously or with others.