about the art
Brian is a sound artist working in performance, audio recording, and custom electro-acoustic instruments. His latest piece, The Uncooperative Collaborator, looked at human interaction with nature. House plants became musical performers on stage, by the use of data sonification software. Vintage and recycled equipment is preferred, putting an emphasis on sustainability. The goal is always to show the audience something interesting.
As a luthier, Brian’s keen interest in ancient and medieval music has led him to build heritage instruments including: Guitars, Hammer Dulcimers, Hurdy-Gurdy’s, Bamboo Fiddles, Zithers and other imaginative string instruments. Brian is currently working on incorporating new and old technology such as microcontrollers, analogue electronics, and audio tape into acoustic instruments to create new electro-acoustic instruments.
Brian is accepting commissions for new instruments as well as customisations and repairs.
about the artist
Brian is an experienced craftsman and musician who designs and builds one of a kind musical instruments with unique character. He recently completed his studies in Musical Instrument Building and Repair at St. John’s Central College Cork. Drawing on two degrees, in Astrophysics and Music Technology, he designs his instruments with a solid scientific understanding, technical intuition and an artist’s eye. These instruments are then executed using traditional hand woodworking techniques, creating bespoke pieces that are made to last.
Brian currently works as a Luthier at Cork Guitars, and as a musician with 'Torcán' and 'The Underscore Orkestra'.
2019 – The Uncooperative Collaborator (performance):
Telephone Box Gallery, London
Crane Lane Theater , Cork
Hearsay Audio Arts Festival, Limerick
2012 – Harmony of the Spheres (installation)
Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork
2019 – Brian Leach –Sound Art EP
2017 - Musical Instrument Building & Repair
2012 - MSc Music Technology
2011 - BSc Physics & Astrophysics