Pat Irwin has composed the music for many film and television shows including Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” HBO’s “Bored To Death” and AMC’s “Feed The Beast.” He has also composed the scores for numerous independent films including, “But I’m A Cheerleader,” “My New Gun,” and “Bam Bam And Celeste.” Documentaries include HBO’s “Fall To Grace,” written and directed by Academy Award winner Alexandra Pelosi (Sundance 2013.) He has composed scores for hundreds of cartoons including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Pepper Ann,” “Class of 3000,” (with Outkast’s Andre 3000) and “Peg + Cat,” currently airing on PBS. He received 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 ASCAP Film & Television Awards for his contributions to the “SpongeBob” soundtrack. Has contributed music to the Emmy Award winning show, “Peg + Cat”, as well as “3rd And Bird,” “Adventuretime,” and “Bear In The Big Blue House.”
Pat was a member of “the B-52s” from 1989 – 2008. He was also a founding member of “The Raybeats” (formed in 1979 with George Scott, Don Christensen, and Jody Harris from “The Contortions”) and “8 Eyed Spy” (formed in 1979 with Lydia Lunch and Jim Sclavunos from “Teenage Jesus.”) The Raybeats recently released “The Lost Philip Glass Sessions” on Orange Mountain Music. The recordings were produced by the iconic composer Philip Glass and were recorded with Philip Glass and Kurt Munckasi and members of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Originally recorded in 1982 the tracks were never completed or released until 2013 on OMM.
He has published articles and reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, Downbeat, and Musician Player & Listener. He is currently teaching a seminar in film and television music at NYU’s Graduate School of Music Theater Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts.