Michael Reiley

Composer, Deep Listening® Facilitator, Musician, and Sound Healing Practitioner

As an explorer of listening consciousness, Michael Reiley creates sonic worlds in the traditions of ambient music, Deep Listening, and sound therapy. His work explores the nexus of inner and outer soundscapes as a mode of transpersonal connection and oneness. Through this exploration spectra of listening consciousness are illuminated including music for sleep, dreaming, meditation, therapy, movement, and focused states of attention/awareness. His music uses techniques and technologies such as drones, binaural beat frequencies, color therapy, data sonification, field recording, tape loops, sacred geometry, esoteric frequency ratios, alternate tuning systems, extended improvisations, sound healing instruments, and more traditional instruments like piano, hand pan, and synthesizer.

Recent projects include Echozoo, an archive of reimagined soundscapes of extinct animals and their habitats, and Celestial Music Box, a generative system that uses live star coordinate data to create sleep music.

Michael holds a certificate in Music for Wellness from Berklee College of Music. He is also a certified Deep Listening Facilitator and an associate professor at the Center for Deep Listening at Rennsalear Polytechnic Institute. As a therapeutic music and sound healer he studied with the Music for Healing and Transition Program. Michael also co-leads somatic listening workshops around the world with his partner Monica Gentile with their teaching and artistic framework called Listening Bodies.

Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember. I always followed my own path as an independent musician and composer. Over the years, as I developed a deeper meditation practice I began to see a convergence in my musical and contemplative lives. Through the gift that is Deep Listening® and the path laid forth by my teachers Pauline Oliveros, Heloise Gold and IONE, meditation and music have merged into one every evolving universe of creativity and exploration. Having dedicated my life to the Art of Listening I now exclusively create ambient soundscapes that incorporate frequencies, field recordings, and music for various levels of consciousness from active listening to deep sleep. I feel music can be a therapeutic and healing form of connection  with our inner and outer reality. I hope the soundscapes that flow through me and into your ears can be a beneficial companion on your own journey.

My Journey

Phase I – Musician (1990s)

Although I started piano lessons at age 8, I feel like I really became a musician at age 13 in 1990. In addition to figuring out songs on piano by ear, I began to play my dad's drum set, studied bass guitar and drums at the local music shop north of Philadelphia. By the end of the decade, I was a keyboardist in a popular improvisational rock band in Philadelphia.

Phase II – Producer (2000s)

Around the turn of the millennium (2000) I began to grow as a producer of both live and recorded music. I directed my first large ensembles (Gemini Wolf and Robots in Disguise), produced albums in my home studio, and co-founded a record label called earSnake.

Phase III – Composer (2010s)

In my third decade of music exploration, I grew organically into the role of a composer and sound artist. I collaborated with choreographers, installation, film and media artists. With other artists on the label earSnake, I composed and produced the opera 'Pangaea'. By the end of the decade I was living as a nomad as artist in residence around the world in locales like Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, and India.

Phase IV

The pandemic of 2020-21 gave me some time off to re-contextualize my work. I now see my output in the modalities of healing, mindfulness, and listening. Through my training as a Deep Listening teacher and Therapeutic Musician in the Music for Healing and Transition Program I can see a new path of sonic exploration unfolding in new and wonderful ways each and every day.