Programme: Digital Composition and Performance - MSc

Year: 2014

Cameron MacNair graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 2014 with an MSc in Digital Composition and Performance.

After graduating, Cameron moved to Los Angeles where he now works for a music software start-up, in tandem with a range of personal and professional projects.

I chose to study the Digital Composition and Performance - MSc programme because I wanted to formally develop my creative practice. Before starting the programme I did not have a meaningful relationship with the technology I used to create music - with an undergraduate degree in Audio Engineering and a career in Digital Media, I knew that studying Digital Composition and Performance and living in Scotland would be a breath of fresh air.

I began my studies in 2013 as a full time student. I quickly became emotionally engaged with the environment - the incredible community of artists, the culture of the city, and the forward thinking that’s promoted by the university.

Realising original musical works through computer science absolutely changed my creative drive. My favourite parts of the programme were the workshops with Eddie Prevost and Sabine Vogel, where several of us performed together as a free improvisation ensemble.

    Realising original musical works through computer science absolutely changed my creative drive.

    Cameron MacNair,2014 Digital Composition and Performance - MSc graduate

    After graduating, I decided to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in the music software industry. Now, almost 8 months later, I work full time as a software engineer for a music software start-up, as a freelance web developer for a human rights company, and a part time studio technician for a music studio. I also continue to regularly compose new material.

    The lessons I've learned from Digital Composition and Performance will always resonate in my work and personality. I continue to feel inspired by the experience and attribute both my new career and my creative practice to what I learnt there.

    Cameron studied Digital Composition and Performance - MSc, one of eleven postgraduate programmes in the Reid School of Music.


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