alistair macdonald

Alistair MacDonald

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I'm a composer and performer. I've been working with technology to explore and create sound since the days of reel to reel tape recorders, and my music reflects a love of sound born of a fascination with my first record player. Much of my work is collaborative; I've worked with performers, artists and choreographers from different media and backgrounds and in different countries and I make work for performance, broadcast and installation. Find out more about my work, listen to sounds and watch videos here.

Current projects include Strange Rainbow, a live electroacoustic improvising duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay (performances include Celtic Connections, sound festival in Aberdeen and the Norwegian Film Festival), and The Last Post, a major new work with trumpet player Tom Poulson and director Susan Worsfold at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney in June 2016. 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 at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, The Mound, Edinburgh (28 November 2015 - 14 February 2016).

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 purely electroacoustic works.

I've been lucky enough to work with 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 in Glasgow and I'm a keen tango dancer.

alistair macdonald