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.

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meditation music

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.

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sleep 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.

workshops

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.

Music for Film

Over the years, I’ve had the great pleasure of working as a film composer and sound designer for a wide range of films, videos and ads. Please get in touch if you’re a film maker or video artist looking to collaborate.

Performances

4 Aug
Magick City
Brooklyn, US
24 June
The Dome Of Visions
Aarhus, Denmark
duo w/ Katrine FaberBuy Tickets
22 June
Kvindemuseet
Aarhus, Denmark
duo w/ Katrine FaberBuy Tickets
19 June
KoncertKirken
Copenhagen, Denmark
duo w/ Katrine FaberBuy Tickets
14 June
SPEKTRUM
Berlin, Germany
duo w/ Katrine FaberBuy Tickets
8 June
Osobliwy Poniedziałek
Krakow, Poland
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
10 June
Kolonia Artystów
Gdańsk, Poland
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
7 June
Rozkurz
Wroclaw, Poland
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
5 June
bb15
Linz, Austria
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
31 May
Skaņas dienas (Sound Days) Festival
Aizpute, Latvia
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
26 May
UNDER / Electronic Musik Festival
Riga, Latvia
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
25 May
MIM
Talin, Estonia
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
23 May
MoKS
Mooste, Estonia
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
21 May
Madame Claude
Berlin, Germany
duo w/ William "Bilwa" CostaBuy Tickets
19 May
Lake Studio Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Overnight Sleep ConcertBuy Tickets
20-22 April
Performance Garage
Philadelphia, PA
Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet presents HUMANBuy Tickets
20 April
University City Arts League
Philadelphia, US
St. Bernard Lion Art InstallationBuy Tickets
14 April
Rotunda
Philadelphia, US
Event HorizonBuy Tickets
24-25 March
BHOR Arts Center
Ramnagar, India
PECAH Residency Group ShowBuy Tickets

Albums

My albums are available through popular streaming services and to buy at Bandcamp.