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MICHAEL REILEY MCDERMOTT

He is 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, he hopes to explore the timeless dimension of sound and the ephemerality of listening.





Michael Reiley McDermott
Michael Reiley McDermott

Michael Reiley McDermott



Project

I’ll be working on a sonic project attempting to reconstruct the sounds of extinct animals and their habitats. The project will include taking existing animals sounds and using sound design to create approximations of their extinct relative ancestors calls and habitats.

The project will involve creating audible soundscapes where people can hear the reimagined worlds of these extinct
creatures. The soundscapes will include elements of fields recording, synthesized vocalizations and reconstructed
habitats. Through creative sound design practices people will be able to listen through time to their forgotten worlds and imagine what our world might sound like if some of these special still existed today. With the alarming extinction rate currently underway in this “Sixth Extinction”, I feel that remembering and examining what creatures we have lost through their sonic echo is vitally important to foster a sense of connection and responsibility for the web of life here on Earth today.




Vita

SELECTED PERFORMANCES / PROJECTS / COMMISSIONS

2018 – Dome of Visions, Århus, DK
2018 – Kvindemuseet, Åarhus, DK
2018 – KoncertKirken Copenhagen, DK
2018 – Spektrum, Berlin, DE
2018 – MOKS, Mooste, ES
2018 – MIM stuudio Tallinn, ES
2018 – Skaņas Dienas Festival, Liepaja, LV
2018 – BB 15, Linz, AS
2018 – Rozkurz, Wroclaw, PL
2018 – Osobliwy Poniedziałek, Krakow, PL
2018 – Kolonia Artystów, Gdaǹks, PL
2018 – Madame Claude, Berlin, DE
2018 – Overnight Sleep Concert – Lake Studios Berlin, DE
2018 – BHOR – Rishikesh, IN
2017 – Overnight Sleep Concert – Magick City, New York City, US
2017 – Landscapes – Spektrum, Berlin, DE
2017 – Fidelity – XBLiebig, Berlin, DE
2017 – Soundbath – Liebig12, Berlin, DE
2017 – Listhus Gallery, Olafsfjordur, IS
2016 – Temporal – Temple University BEEP Ensemble, Philadelphia, US
2016 – Emphemeral – Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet
2016 – Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State – thefidget space, Philadelphia US
2015 – 257,885,161-1 – Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet – Performance Garage, Philadelphia, US
2015 – Woosh – Fred Rogers Center

INTERACTION / INSTALLATIONS

2018 – Home Court: Hartranft Revival – Philadelphia, US
2018 – St. Bernard Lion – University City Arts League, Philadelphia, US
2018 – Landscapes: Uttarakhand – Ramnagar, IN
2017 – Life As We Knew It – Art+Science Gallery, Austin, US
2014 – Capsule – Little Berlin, Philadelphia, US
2013 – Edge of Nostalgia – Mobile App
2013 – Antarctica – with Nora Gibson & Clifford Greer – the fidget space, Philadelphia, US
2010 – Aeolus – Schuylkill Center for Environmental Art and Education, Philadelphia, US
2010 – Where It Was There I Shall Be – NEXUS/Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia, US
2008 – Cochlea – Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
SELECTED TEACHING / WORKSHOPS / LECTURES
2018 – Sound Days Festival – Un/natural Fields Sonic Photography Workshop – Lieapaja, LV
2018 – BHOR Sound Meditation Workshop – Manila, IN
2017 – Village of Arts and Humanities – Soundmapping – Philadelphia, US
2017 – Mixes from the Field workshops in Philadelphia, US, Berlin, DE and Arnhem, NL
2017 – Dharma of John Cage (lecture and workshop) – Springboard Studio – Philadelphia, US
2016, 2017, 2018 – Dharma Talk / Insight Meditation – Springboard Studio – Philadelphia, US
2016 – Sonic Photography – Temple Univerisity – Philadelphia, US
2016 – Deep Listening Study Group – Philadelphia, US
2016 – Iron Works – ATTUNE (movement & listening workshop) – Philadelphia, US
2015 – University of Pennsylvania, electronic music class, concert and talk – Philadelphia, US
2014 – Philadelphia Community College, concert and talk – Philadelphia, US
2011 – Marlboro College – Neuroaesthetics/Improvisation: Embodied Learning Symposium – Marlborough, VT
2010 – SHARE Philadelphia, electronic music community and workshop gathering / improvisation series (various venues) –
Philadelphia, US

RESIDENCIES

2018 – Glogauair – Berlin, DE
2018 – Serde – Azbute, LV
2018 – PECAH – Uttarakhand, IN
2018 – Com Peung – Chiang Mai, TL
2017 – Listhus – Olasfjordur, IS
2017 – Casa Na Ilha – Ilhabela, BR
2017 – Village of the Art and Humanities – Philadelphia, US
2016 – Temple University BEEP Ensemble – Philadelphia, US
2016 – Ayatana Artist Research – Ottawa, CA
2016 – thefidget space – Philadelphia, US