Alistair MacDonald is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. His work draws on a wide range of influences reflecting a keen interest in improvisation, transformation of sound, and space. Many of his 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.
His music has won a number of awards including a Creative Scotland Award, and is performed and broadcast in the UK and abroad: recent work includes Sensuous Geographies in collaboration with Sarah Rubidge (shown in the UK and USA); Silver Wings and Golden Scales, an installation in collaboration with Jennifer Angus; and SeaUnsea with choreographer Carol Brown and architect Mette Ramsgard Thomsen. Other commissions include music for The Paragon Ensemble, BBC Radio Scotland, Reeling and Writhing, the Australian ensemble Elision, choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and Theatre Cryptic.
Current projects include Strange Rainbow, a live electroacoustic improvising duo with Scottish harp player Catriona McKay. He has also worked with Catriona on music for a silent film, Historien om en gut, for the Norwegian Film Festival, and Floe, a Celtic Connections commission, which toured in March 2009. Most recently he was commissioned by Cove Park and the Scottish Ensemble to write Mitaki, a piece for string quintet and live electronics.
Alistair is a member of invisiblEARts, a group of Scottish based composers, has worked extensively with the electroacoustic ensemble BEAST producing and diffusing concerts, and was, for many years, on the board of Sonic Arts Network. He teaches composition and is Director of the Electroacoustic Studios at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.