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 film, dance, stage, installation, smart phones, multi-speaker arrays, piano, wishing wells, electric gardensdreaming and deep time. 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) BilwaGemini WolfHere Begin DanceNora GibsonNOREMIXES, William Fields and a forthcoming project with David Newman.


 

PROJECTS

  • 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.