Alistair MacDonald

Alistair MacDonaldAlistair MacDonald is a composer and musician whose work involves technology in creation and performance, often exploring the relationship between composition and improvisation. Much of his work is made in collaboration with other artists and includes reactive and interactive work for performance, gallery installation, theatre and broadcast.

He has created large scale interactive works: Sensuous Geographies in collaboration with Sarah Rubidge (shown in the UK and USA); and SeaUnsea with choreographer Carol Brown and architect Mette Ramsgard Thomsen (at Siobhan Davies Studios); gallery installations including Silver Wings and Golden Scales with Jennifer Angus (for the Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin), and The Imagining of Things with Brass Art (video and audio installation for Huddersfield Art Gallery), and works for dance with choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh and Anna Krzystek.

Current projects include The Last Post with trumpet player Tom Poulson and director Susan Worsfold, Strange Rainbow, a live electroacoustic improvising duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay (performances include Celtic Connections, sound festival in Aberdeen, the Norwegian Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival) and collaborative development, with Carrie Fertig, on music for glass percussion, electronics and live flame-working, recently selected for the Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, and the 2015 Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in Edinburgh.

He has written for The Scottish Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, Elision Ensemble, Jos Zwaanenburg, Interfusion and others. He teaches composition and is Director of the Electroacoustic Studios at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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