Douglas McCausland


Douglas McCausland

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Degrees / Education
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 / performer who is fascinated with new sonic territories and processes for creating music, and whose work engages with the extremes of sound and the digital medium. In particular, his current compositions / research explore the intersections of real-time performance of electronic music using handmade interfaces, higher-order ambisonics, interactive systems and performer agency, musical applications of machine learning, experimental sound design, and DIY electronics / hardware-hacking.

His works have been performed internationally at festivals and symposiums such as: Sonorities (SARC) SEAMUS, MISE-EN, NYCEMF, Klingt Gut!, Sounds Like THIS!, Sonicscape, CEMICircles, and many more. Notable recent features include a performance and installation series at the Talbot Rice Gallery and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, UK, and an installation at Stanford University’s Anderson Collection as part of “CCRMA x Anderson: Sound Happenings”. Recent honors include winning the gold-prize for “contemporary computer music” in the Verband Deutscher Tonmeister Student 3D Audio Production Competition, and being awarded the runner-up nomination for the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music's 2019 CIME Prix.

Douglas is currently a doctoral fellow at Stanford University, working towards his DMA in Composition while studying with Chris Chafe, Patricia Alessandrini, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, and Mark Applebaum.