MICHAEL REILEY MCDERMOTT
between the infinite echo of forever & the ephemeral static of now.
soundscape architecture, deep listening, field recording, sonic ecology;
Michael is a composer, ambient musician and sound artist. He has created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smart phones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells and deep sleep. His practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity's personal connection through listening. His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography”. This process involves site specific recordings of physical spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques. His aim is to reframe the everyday world as both a grand statement that stretches out in both directions of time and as an ephemeral instant of precious connection. Michael was recently Artist in Residence at <fidget>, Composer in Residence for Temple University’s BEEP Ensemble and is Composer in Residence at Village of the Arts and Humanities. He recently completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros.
Multidisciplinary collaborators include(d) Bilwa, Gemini Wolf, Here Begin Dance, Nora Gibson, NOREMIXES, William Fields and a forthcoming project with David Newman.
Mixes from the Field - deep listening + field recording + sonic acts, teaching, performance + recording project
Mikronesia - ambient music / scores for dance + film, sound design, albums, apps
Echozoo - interactive listening experience recreating the lost sounds of extinct creatures.