Michael J. Schumacher
Room Piece Udine 2011
“Room Piece Udine 2011” is a computer-based, multi-channel, generative sound installation that uses a wide range of material, from instruments both acoustic and electric, to field recordings, to “found” (i.e. pilfered) sounds, articulating them through algorithmic processes that create shifting relationships between disparate sonic events. The essential structural device is the juxtaposition of reiterated fragments (less than 100 ms.) of recordings, mostly field recordings and improvising musicians, that define points in space. The computer decides on a particular range within a given recording, where to place the sound, and the interval of repetition. Several similar processes may occur simultaneously.
Additional sounds placed around the room fill out the piece, turning on and off under the control of various timing algorithms that create shifting contexts for their presentation.
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. His CD “Room Pieces”, also on XI Records, was rated best of 2003 for “modern composition” by The Wire magazine.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.www.michaeljschumacher.comwww.diapasongallery.org