David McFarlane

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About me

Hello! I’m a musician from B
olton, based in Manchester.
I’m interested in innovative and inclusive ways to create music, using new ideas and new technology.

I’m also a music facilitator, leading music workshops with young people and in the criminal justice system,

I teach two BA modules at BIMM in Manchester – Interactive Music Applications, which is all about learning Max/MSP, and Immersive Audio Techniques, which is all about 3D audio and sound art. I also teach on the MA Popular Music and Technology module.

I studied BA music at the University of Oxford, and then MA Composition at the University of Manchester. I have a PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Sussex.

If you want to hear what I’m up to more regularly, you can find me writing over at davidmcfarlane.substack.com.

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Want to work with me?

I’m available to hire for composition, teaching, writing, or anything else you think might be up my street.

If you want to find out more, have a look around the website, or send me an email

01 I write music

I write music for concerts, film, and theatre productions.

Some of it’s for other people playing instruments, some of it’s just for speakers, and some of it’s a bit weirder.

I also produce other people’s music, and sometimes play in bands.

There should be a video of some of it playing in the background of the website now. There’s no sound though, which sort of defeats the point doesn’t it. I would recommend having a listen to some of it for the full experience.

You can see the full list here, or if you just want the highlights, you can find those here.

02 I write about music

I write reviews of new releases and live music in Manchester for a website called Silent Radio, which you can find collected here,  and for Revoice! Magazine, which publishes work on music history, and you can find some of that here.

You can find everything I’ve written collected over at  https://dmcfmusic.wordpress.com/.

If you just want the highlights, you can find them at www.clippings.me/dvdmcf.

More recently, I’ve been writing a newsletter, which you can read over at davidmcfarlane.substack.com.