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 gardens, dreaming 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) 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.