New Sonic Practice

11 November - 12 November 2011
New Sonic Practice

A master class by Michael J. Schumacher

During this workshop, Michael will cover various aspects of today’s sound practices using current technologies. For example, setting up speakers and testing the sounds diffusion using a software he developed, or recreating historic works (e.g. La Monte Young's "Romantic Symmetry", Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in a room"). Michael will also demonstrate and let participants explore various miking techniques, understand phase relationships and their effect on spatialisation through experimentations with microphone placement. He will look at tuning systems and how participants can develop their own Just Intonation scales. Equalisation, compression, reverb, delay, etc. and their effect on sonic space will be discussed. Participants will create sound walks, using their own portable recorders to make field recordings. Michael will also address sound art in galleries and tackle the topic of its commercialisation.

Workshop full; registration is closed


About Michael J. Schumacher

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer, performer and installation artist based in New York City. He works predominantly with electronic and digital media, making computer generated sound environments that evolve continuously for long time periods. In their realization, Schumacher uses multiple speaker configurations that relate the sounds of the installation to the architecture of the exhibition space. Architectural and acoustical considerations thereby become basic structural elements.

His sound installations have been heard at festivals and venues in North America, Europe and Asia. XI Records has published a DVD set of five sound installations as computer applications, playable on up to eight speakers, which may be installed on a computer to create sound environments in the home. Schumacher's composition "Grid", a computer generated score that unfolds in real time, has been in exhibitions in New York, Barcelona and Houston.

Schumacher is founder and director of Diapason, a gallery devoted to sound art located in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2001, Diapason has presented the work of over 300 sound and media artists, including premiers by David Behrman, Jacob Kirkegaard, Stephen Vitiello, Leif Inge, and others.

Practical Info

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November
10:00 - 18:00

Workshop Fee
- 2 days workshop + drinks : 20€
- 2 days workshop + drinks + lunches : 27€
To pay on the first day


Spoken language

Media Gallery

Media gallery: CCNOA, Polli Talu & ESS Chicago by Michael J. Schumacher

Header picture by Radium Audio Ltd


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