Donald Bousted Edition

Welcome to the Donald Bousted Edition, where we are preserving his immense creative and artistic output. Follow our ‘Tributes to Donald’ YouTube series, on microtonal and non-microtonal flugelhorn.


21st May 2022: duo Contour performed What You Believe Will Come True from 19.5 at a private event organised by un-sound in Freiburg Germany.


NEW! Michael Dixon, the composer/hornist with whom Donald worked, has posted not only a multi-track recording of ‘Melancholia’ on Soundcloud but also play-a-longs on YouTube so horn players can play the piece at home!

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Donald Bousted (1957-2021)

Donald Bousted constantly re-invented himself. Firstly he was a classical guitarist, then he devoted himself to composition- increasing, but not exclusively, of microtonal music. He became very interested in other medias, and he became a media artist himself, making films, installations, and electronic works. During the last few years of his life he dedicated a lot of time to the classical ukulele: he recorded many pieces onto his Ukulele Channel on YouTube, commissioning new works, releasing CDs and digital albums, and of course playing concerts.

When he was researching his PhD, there was very little accessible information about microtonal music. He did a lot to change this. He founded Microtonal Projects, ran four UKMicroFests in London (having visited LA MicroFest), nine Wild dog media events in London and then founded the EUROMicroFest with Stephen Altoft in Germany. With Stephen he wrote a book, ‘The Microtonal Trumpet’, and they travelled to South Korea, toured the UK and around Europe presenting the project of 25 years.

He liked humour in music, in his own music too: he said that is one reason why Haydn was a favourite composer of his.

His passing in December of 2021 has left a huge hole. He never wasted time, he just got on with living, composing, making his media pieces, perfecting his Ukulele craft. We will try to continue what he started, always with him in our hearts and mind, remembering his vision, energy and determination, and ‘just getting on with it’.