Alistair McLean is a guitarist, composer and recording engineer committed to the creation of new and inventive works.

Alistair is the founder and director of the Australian Creative Music Ensemble, an improvising ensemble dedicated to the commissioning of new work, and has released a variety of recordings, including post with his own quartet, Shorthand of Sensation with math-jazz group All Talk, and A Certain Kind of Now with experimental rock band Paper House.

Alistair’s compositional practice is focused on explorations of rhythm and timbre, and his work has been exhibited as part of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, featured in flagship multi-disciplinary program Swell at Melbourne Music Week, and commissioned by the Arts Centre Melbourne for their Art Music Award winning 5x5x5 series.

As a recording engineer Alistair works across acoustic, classical, new music and improvised genres, in both live and studio settings. He has recorded and mixed works for Elision Ensemble, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Alistair is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the relationship between improvised music and the recording process. During his studies he has been the recipient of the Alan C. Rose Memorial Scholarship and the Athaneum Award, and received Australia Council funding.