​Alex Dowling | Composer


​Alex Dowling


Alex Dowling is an Irish composer and producer whose work brings theatricality and physical presence into electronic music performance. His work often involves repurposing Auto-Tune and other vocal effects to create strange and otherworldly extensions of the voice.

Recent projects include a commission from Irish National Opera to create a work for boy soprano as part of their 20 Shots of Opera project and a theatrical collaboration for the show There at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His album of electronic vocal works, Reality Rounds, was released on Carrier Records and is described as “an enthralling trance of live-processed vocals and synthesizers" (The Road to Sound). His work has been performed by many ensembles internationally including the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Prism Saxophone Quartet, orkest de ereprijs, and Mivos String Quartet, and has been featured at festivals including Bang on a Can, MATA, and the Young Composers Meeting, Netherlands. He has also written music for theater and laptop orchestra, and his audiovisual installation Bodysnatcher was exhibited at the Eyebeam Gallery, NY and toured many other countries.

Dowling was recently named a 2022 MacDowell Fellow and an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Jerome Hynes Composer Award, and the West Cork Chamber Music Composition Award. He has an MPhil in Music & Media Technology from Trinity College, Dublin and studied composition as a PhD fellow at Princeton University.