Phil Maguire (b. 1989) is an artist and composer from Scotland working with sound. Maguire produces music and sound works for synthesiser and computer that explore emptiness and emergence, of self and of machine. These works are informed by his experience composing, performing, and presenting works across the gamut of Minimalism.
These works place timbre under the microscope; examining fine details of sound over extended durations. Informed by intuitive use of feedback, chaos, and chance, these sounds are simultaneously static, yet always in motion.
Works by Maguire are released on various independent labels including Dinzu Artefacts, Confront Recordings, 845 audio, and Cloudchamber Recordings.
Maguire performs extensively in the international scene. Recent performances include Klub Gromka (Slovenia), Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek (Netherlands), and Café Oto (UK). Recorded works are frequently presented at festivals and on radio stations globally. These include Radio CASo (Argentina), BBC Radio 3 (UK), L A D I G (Italy), and Dublin Digital Radio (Ireland).
Maguire also composes music for theatre, and produces video and photographic works. He performs in Galvanize Ensemble, and has regular collaborative projects with Anne La Berge, Tim Olive, Matthijs Kouw, and Bill Thompson, among others. He is a PhD candidate in Music at University College Cork, supported by a university Excellence Scholarship.
Between 2016 and 2022 Maguire ran verz, a label, concert series, and radio show for experimental music and sound. He lives and works in Cork, Ireland.