Tuesday 21 May 2019

Stephanie wins music bursary

Stephanie Caffrey
Stephanie Caffrey

Stephanie Caffrey, a post graduate student in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music and a member of the Creative Arts Research Centre, has recently been awarded the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Student Bursary at the recent BFE Annual Conference which was held at the University of Aberdeen.

Stephanie is a familiar face for those who attend gigs at the Spirit Store as she has worked there as a sound engineer, as well as for a variety of groups including LMFM Radio, where her dad Eddie is a hugely popular DJ, Jass Foley Media, Na Píobairí Uilleann, the Spirit Store and Sounding the Feminists.

The Drogheda native is currently undertaking an MA by Research that critically examines the production processes in albums recorded by the internationally successful Dundalk band The Corrs under the supervision of Dr Daithi Kearney and Sean Keegan. Her research project is critically analysing and evaluating the music production techniques implemented on the Corrs albums, a band which she has admired since they burst on the international scene in the early 90s.

She has been passionate about music since her teenage years, playing violin and guitar and any other instruments she could get her hands on, playing in a number of bands.

Stephanie became interest in the world of audio engineering when she got her hands on an iBook G4 laptop and discovered the magic of GarageBand, recording demos for her band Black Daisy and dabbling with electronic music.

She then studied music production at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, before coming to DkIT to study Production of Music and Audio programme, obtaining a first class honours degree in 2015.

'I really enjoyed my undergraduate student life in DkIT- I met lots of wonderful people and getting involved with so many projects made it a truly inspiring time,' she says.

She also holds a Diploma in Sound Therapy from the Centre of Excellence. She has developed productions spanning many genres of music and audio/visual projects and is an active music producer, musician and songwriter. Her practice applies the use of modern technology via computers and sound equipment.

At the BFE Annual Conference, Stephanie presented a paper entitled 'To do it better or to understand it better?: Reflections on working as both a performer and researcher in the field'.

Stephanie's research will also critically consider the role of recording technology combined with the impact of music producers, collaborative songwriters and guest musicians on these recordings and also engages with the soundscape of the Corrs within its cultural context, critically examining the impact of social, cultural and economic change on indigenous Irish musical tastes and the global market for Irish musical acts.

However, she says that she's happiest 'behind the desk in the recording studio, helping artists express themselves, but she also loves 'the excitement of live music too- assisting with the smooth running of gigs or working front of house. I've already had the pleasure of working with amazing music producers, sound engineers and artists.'

Alongside her post-graduate research studies, she continue to compose, record and produce her own material, with a particular interest in traditional Irish, rock, acoustic, pop, dance and chilled electronic.

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