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David Rafferty

David Rafferty graduated from Mount Allison University with a B.A. in philosophy (2000). In 2009-2010, he studied at the Royal College of Music (London, England) where he graduated and received the special 'Cobbett and Hurlestone' prize for composition. He completed a Doctor of Music at McGill University (2013 - 2018) where he received a graduate excellence fellowship. During his time at McGill he was an instructor in Digital Composition, Advanced Digital Composition and Video Production. He managed video production with his colleague George Massenburg (sound engineer). Over the years, David has worked in many mediums of composition. In 2018, his doctoral thesis ‘structured cell’ included 10 performers, 22.2 speaker dome surrounding the musicians performed with Maxmsp and live electronics, in collaboration with sound recording in a 3D audio recording session. He has studied composition with Jonathan Cole(RCM) and Brian Cherney(McGill) and production strategies with George Massenburg(McGill). He has had performances in Korea, England, Poland and Canada both in acoustic and digital media. He has presented his thesis ‘structured cell’ at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2018. He is a member of Interdisciplinary Art Group Oneness.

David has worked in many mediums of music composition, from film to live electronics, and is presently focused on the relationship between technology and music practices. He has had performances in Korea, England, Poland and Canada, both in acoustic and digital media. He has  had performances with Modern Ensemble, Ossian Ensemble, Contemporary Flutist Carla Rees, Contemporary Music Ensemble (McGill), McGill Wind Orchestra. Presently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Technology at the American University in Cairo.

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