Discipline: Music Composition

Alex Dowling

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Westmeath, IRELAND
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Alex Dowling is an Irish composer and producer. His current work involves repurposing AutoTune and other vocal effects to create strange and otherworldly extensions of the voice. Recent works include his album Reality Rounds for AutoTune choir, a commission from Irish National Opera to create a work for boy soprano, and a collaboration with director Blanka Zizka and visual artist Rosa Barba for the show There at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He has created works for Irish National Opera, Irish National Symphony Orchestra, and Crash Ensemble, among others. Dowling has also created works for theater and laptop orchestra, and his audiovisual installation Bodysnatcher was exhibited at the Eyebeam Gallery in New York and toured many other countries. While at MacDowell, he worked on songs and sound design for his latest album.

Studios

MacDowell

Alex Dowling worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the residency program's studios, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the we began welcoming…

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