mctavish

composer / coder / media artist

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I am a composer and trans / media artist. In live performance, installation and online environments, I blend found sound, text, data and abstract, layered, moving images. My recent work has focused on creating generative methods for building multichannel cross-sensory environments.

My exploration of cross-media forms has resulted in the production of print books and recorded work through transmedia landscapes which flow from the digital web into physical installation and performance spaces.

I have a background in mathematics, ecology, music theory and software development. The confluence of these research areas informs my work. I create frameworks for representing dynamical systems and am interested in emergent structures, chance, myth, improvisatory forms, polyphony, interactive webs, harmonic relationships and the orchestration of sound, light, and color.

I am the recipient of numerous commissions, grants, fellowships and residencies from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, American Composers Foundation, Walker Art Center, Northern Lights.mn, Tweed Museum of Art, Zeitgeist New Music Quartet, Arteles International Artist Residency (Finland), Creative Community Leadership Institute (Bush Foundation / Intermedia Arts), United States Artists / Cheswatyr Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

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