Pat Irwin recently completed scoring the 7th and final season of Nurse Jackie for Showtime.
BORED TO DEATH
Pat Irwin recently composed the score for the Third Season of HBO’s Bored to Death.
FALL TO GRACE
Pat Irwin recently composed the score for Alexandra Pelosi’s Fall To Grace which will premiere at Sundance 2013.
Check out this article about the film.
Pat Irwin was a member of The B-52’s and performed and recorded with the group from 1989-2008.
Check out the B-52’s Official Website for current news and tour dates.
The Raybeats existed from 1979 – 1984 and were an all instrumental band formed from members of the Contortions and Eight Eyed Spy. George Scott (bass), Jody Harris (guitar), Don Christensen (drums) were from the Contortions. Pat Irwin (guitar, keyboards, sax) and George Scott were from Eight Eyed Spy. Danny Amis, from Los Straitjackets, later joined the band on bass.
This is a fan site that was put together by Vernon Gravely. There’s a lot of great info here.
Here’s another site that has some things to say about The Raybeats first record, “Guitar Beat” and the first EP, “Roping Wild Bears.”
A digital re-release of The Raybeats’ Records Guitar Beat and It’s Only A Movie and a previously unreleased record of songs recorded by The Raybeats and Philip Glass are forthcoming from Bar None Records.
FRIENDS AND INFLUENCES
Lydia was the singer in Eight Eyed Spy. There’s no one like her.
NO WAVE, NEW YORK CITY
This site does a pretty good job of pulling together the sites and sounds of the No Wave scene in New York City in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. As far as I’m concerned it all points to the No New York record produced by Brian Eno that featured The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, DNA, and Mars.
There are a couple of great books about the No Wave Scene. Check out the one by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley:
JOHN CAGE AND PHILIP GLASS
I can’t think of any composers who have meant more to me than John Cage and Philip Glass. I had the pleasure of taking composition classes from Cage in the mid ’70’s and performed with him while living in Europe in 1977 and 1978.
When I heard Philip Glass’s piece, “Einstein On The Beach,” I was changed forever. The music comes from a very special place. I had the pleasure of working with Philip on a couple of tracks with The Raybeats. The music was never released but one way or another we’ll get it out there.
Joe Murray is the mastermind behind the incredible animated series, “Rocko’s Modern Life” that aired on Nickelodeon in the early Nineties. After Rocko, Joe went on to create “Camp Lazlo” on the Cartoon Network. Joe keeps this site totally up to date and has all sorts of cool info. There’s nothing like writing music for a cartoon. “Rocko’s Modern Life” was the first animated series that I scored.