Robert Dow (b.1964) is a composer of electroacoustic music working in Scotland. He graduated with degrees in Science, Music, Law and Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and holds both an MA and a PhD from the University of Birmingham where he studied under Jonty Harrison. Formerly, he was a member of BEAST — Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre — and with them, has participated in numerous concerts of electroacoustic music throughout Britain.
As a composer, his work is well received internationally, and has been presented at major festivals of electroacoustic music in, for example, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Sweden, Spain, the UK and the US. His work has had numerous performances (in twenty-two countries) and has had a number of radio broadcasts, for example on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio nan Gaidheal, BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio, Magyar Radio III (Hungary) and Dutch National Radio. Several of his works appear on commercial CDs: When all is silent and L’esprit conforme (Sargasso SCD28046, 2004); and Riff (published as part of Blind Sight Salty Press, Finland, 2003).
He has been important in establishing electroacoustic music in Scotland: as founding member of the Scottish collective InvisibleArts, as the Director of the annual Soundings… festival of electroacoustic music, which takes place in Edinburgh, and by working regularly with groups such as the BBC SSO, the SCO, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, the Dunedin Ensemble, the Paragon Ensemble, One Voice and ECAT.
Robert Dow is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh specialising in sound theory and the composition and performance of electroacoustic music. Recently, he has been commissioned by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB) to compose a new work during 2009.