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Douglas McCausland

Douglas McCausland

M.Sc., Digital Composition & Performance, University of Edinburgh, 2018
M.M., Music Composition, Michigan State University, 2017
B.M., Music Composition, Saxophone Performance, & Music Education, Southern Illinois University, 2014


Douglas McCausland is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music currently based out of the Bay Area in California, USA. Fascinated with new sonic territories and processes for creating music, his work engages with the extremes of sound and the digital medium; ultimately, he strives to create visceral music which balances creative exploration with technical nuance. Compositionally, he has focused in recent years almost exclusively on the creation of electronic music for interactive systems and performers, fixed-media, and for hardware-hacked ‘instruments’ and real-time processing. His works have been performed internationally at festivals and symposiums such as: SEAMUS, Splice, MISE-EN, Klingt Gut!, Sounds Like THIS!, Electronic Music Midwest, NYCEMF, and many more. Notable recent performances also include the Talbot Rice Gallery and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, UK. Additionally, his love of collaboration has led him to create works that cross-pollinate into other artistic disciplines, such as sound art, graphic design, physics, and poetry. 

Doug is currently a doctoral fellow at Stanford University, working towards his DMA in Composition. In the year preceding his doctoral studies he completed a second master’s, an MSc in Digital Composition and Performance, at the University of Edinburgh under Martin Parker and Tom Mudd. Prior to that, he completed an MM in Music Composition at Michigan State University, studying with Mark Sullivan, Lyn Goeringer, and Ricardo Lorenz. Doug additionally holds a BM in Theory and Composition, Saxophone Performance, and Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he studied composition with Kimberly Archer. Doug is an active guitarist, saxophonist, and electronics performer, advocate for new music, music educator, and a microbrewery enthusiast.

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