Michael Reiley McDermott
I am a composer and sound artist working with soundscapes, Deep Listening and auditory consciousness. I have created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smartphones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells and sleeping/dreaming. My practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening.
With a 15-year practice of Insight (Vipassanā) meditation, my work as a Deep Listening and dharma teacher, I have synthesized the threads of contemplative practices with the sonic experiences of inner exploration, being and becoming. These are the type of sounds I present during Sound Bath concerts.
I appreciate the magical realism of connection that can be revealed through listening to the everyday world. Below are some recent works of environmental based sounds and field recording. Many of these works used a technique I’ve dubbed “sonic photography” where field recordings are formatted and treated using photographic processing techniques like double exposure, long exposure, collage, negative image and color treatments. Many of these pieces have been featured on the fantastic website Cities and Memory.
These eight+ hour durational soundscape performances last from night until early the next morning. My sleep concerts are an immersive, supportive sonic environment. Throughout the night a gentle sea of ambient field recordings and soft ambient tones organically unfold over an evolving concert experience. Themes of rebirth, Bardo states, stillness, the liminal space between sleeping-waking-dreaming-listening, processed environmental sounds and the edges of audibility are explored during these concerts.
I lead workshops in meditation, Deep Listening, sonic art practices, and composition. I have led these workshops at Universities, yoga and meditation studios, schools and community centers across Europe, Asia, and North America.
Currently, I am leading and exploring a Somatic Practice + Deep Listening workshop framework called Listening Bodies with Italian/Berlin-basic choreographer and movement researcher Monica Gentile.
Music for Dance
I have created original scores, sound design and live improvised music for many choreographers and dance companies over the years. Some of my collaborators include Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Here Begin Dance, Gia T Presents, Jil Stifel, Perpetual Movement and Sound, Jaamil Kosoko, Erin Foreman-Murray and Ring Dance Theater.
The Dome Of Visions
Skaņas dienas (Sound Days) Festival
UNDER / Electronic Musik Festival
Lake Studio Berlin
Overnight Sleep ConcertBuy Tickets
Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet presents HUMANBuy Tickets
University City Arts League
St. Bernard Lion Art InstallationBuy Tickets
Event HorizonBuy Tickets
BHOR Arts Center
PECAH Residency Group ShowBuy Tickets