Composer // Performer // Designer // Educator
Douglas McCausland is a composer and performer of electro-acoustic music currently based out of the San Francisco 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. As an artist, he has focused in recent years almost exclusively on the creation of experimental electronic music and digital art. 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, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Splice, MISE-EN, Klingt Gut!, Sounds Like THIS!, Electronic Music Midwest, NYCEMF, Sonicscape, CEMEC, Eureka!, CEMICircles, and many more. Notable recent events 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. Additionally, his love of collaboration has led him to work with many incredible performers such as: the TAK Ensemble, bassist Aleksander Gabrys, the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Duo Illegal, the T2 Duo, and many others.
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. 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 Music Theory and Composition, Saxophone Performance, and Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he studied composition with Kimberly Archer.