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Dugal McKinnon


Born: 1972


Dr Dugal McKinnon works in the collision zones between sound, music, language, and acoustic, visual and digital media.

Recent projects include: This Storm Is Called Progress (2016), with Grayson Cooke, an audiovisual installation shortlisted for the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (South Australian Museum); Lost Oscillations (2015), with Jim Murphy and Mo H. Zareei, a touch-based augmented-reality sound installation, commissioned by the 2015 Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts (Christchurch); and let x = (2014) for icosahedral loudspeaker and 24-channel loudspeaker array, commissioned by IEM.

He has been a resident artist at IEM (Graz, Austria) and ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), and STEIM (Amsterdam). He holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Birmingham (UK), which was completed while a guest artist in the electronic music studios of TU-Berlin. His recent writings focus on ecological and material practices in sound-based art. Dougal is Deputy Director of the New Zealand School of Music and Co-Director of the Lilburn Studios for Electronic Music

Composed (33)

"Christ lag in Todesbanden" - Mise en scene

for mixed chamber ensemble with audio playback


electroacoustic work, 18m


for piano, 4m

Blue Kisses Green

for six-channel tape and orchestra, 11m

Catalogue with Analogues

electroacoustic work, 12m


electroacoustic work, 7m

Diktat, Ditty, Half-life

for two pianos

Exit Wound

for soprano and baritone with SATB chamber choir (16 voices)


electroacoustic, 17m

Hoax Rifts

for junk percussion and string quartet

Homage to the Night Sky's Debris

for solo baritone saxophone, 7m

Horizont im Ohr

electroacoustic work, 10m


electroacoustic work, 3m

Notes (for Ross)

for mezzo-soprano, metronome and piano


for bass clarinet and fixed media


for harp and prerecorded sound, 11m


for narrator, ensemble and prerecorded sound, 19m

Sang Love Songs

for marimba and voice (one performer), 5m

Untitled (Counterfeit Readymade #1)

for baritone saxophone and marimba

Ways of Hearing

electroacoustic work, 30m

Performances (1)

Aotearoa Audio Arts Festival

Aotearoa Audio Arts, the first festival of its kind in New Zealand, encompasses live performances...