alistair macdonald

Alistair MacDonald

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I'm a composer, performer and sound artist. My work draws on a wide range of influences reflecting a keen interest in improvisation, transformation of sound, and space. Many of my works are made in collaboration with other artists from a range of media, and explore a range of contexts beyond the concert hall, often using interactive technology. Find out more about my work, listen to sounds and watch videos here.


Two CDs out on Leo Records:
Untold Story with Anne-Liis Poll, and
Free Radicals with Anne-Liis Poll, Mieko Kanno, Anto Pett and Aaron Shorr.

UntoldStory FreeRadicals

Current projects include Strange Rainbow, a live electroacoustic improvising duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay and The Last Post with trumpet player Tom Poulson and director Susan Worsfold commissioned by the St Magnus Festival and performed at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. I have also been working with Carrie Fertig, on pieces for glass percussion, electronics and live flame-working: Le Sirenuse (with percussionist Stu Brown and film maker Rob Page) was selected for the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2015.

Other recent works include The Imagining of Things with Brass Art (video and audio installation) for Huddersfield Art Gallery, Mitaki (string quintet and live electronics) for the Scottish Ensemble, and Scintilla (electroacoustic music).

I've been lucky enough to work with Marco Blaauw, Elision, the Scottish Ensemble, Sarah Rubidge, Shobana Jeyasingh, Jennifer Angus, Theatre Cryptic, Anna Krzystek, Jos Zwaanenburg and many others.

I'm a member of invisiblEARts, a group of Scottish based composers; I teach composition and direct the Electroacoustic Studios at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I was made Professor in 2017, and I'm a keen tango dancer.

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