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Donald Bousted

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Donald Bousted is a composer and mixed media artist working in London and Norfolk, UK. He is Artistic Director of Microtonal Projects and joint author, with Stephen Altoft, of The Microtonal Trumpet. He is Musical Director of Forgotten Spaces and EUROMicroFest. He is a curator of mixed media events including 5 Wild Dog events in London’s Docklands and a Late at Tate (Microtonal), at Tate Britain. His most recent work has sought to integrate elements of film, performance, live art and pre-recorded elements. In 2014, Donald completed the 50 minute 19.5, a work in 19 divisions of the octave (19-div), commissioned by duo Contour (Stephen Altoft, trumpet and Lee Ferguson, percussion). The 12 movement work, written for a specially designed trumpet and a malletKat (MIDI mallet instrument) is one of a number of works written for acoustic instruments using non-standard tunings. Donald has a PhD in musical composition from the University of Huddersfield where he worked for 8 years as a lecturer in composition. Now freelance, he has presented his music and projects at many UK music departments including the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music; in America at LA MicroFest; in South Korea and at the Akademie der Tonkunst, Darmstadt and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany. He gives joint presentations, with Stephen Altoft, on the microtonal trumpet.