Michael Reiley McDermott
I am a composer, musician, coder and sound designer working with soundscapes, Deep Listening and auditory consciousness. Through meditative states, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening, I hope to explore the timeless dimension of sound and the ephemerality of listening.
With a 15-year practice of Insight (Vipassanā) meditation, my work as a Deep Listening and dharma teacher, I’ve synthesized the threads of contemplative practices with the sonic experiences of inner and outer exploration. These pieces could be used for meditation, being and becoming. These are the type of sounds I present during Sound Bath concerts.
These eight+ hour durational soundscape performances last from night until early the next morning. My sleep concerts are an immersive, supportive sonic environment. 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.
field recording landscapes
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. Also, many of these pieces have been featured on the great site Cities and Memory.
I lead workshops in meditation, Deep Listening, sonic art practices and creative coding. These workshops include mindfulness of listening, Deep Listening techniques, sound walking techniques, field recording practices, Sonic Photography practices, digital and analog sound editing, creative coding in Pure Data, Max and Processing and techniques for sonic art using iPad Apps, Ableton, Audacity and Logic.
I’ve lead 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