Composer and musician Michael Reiley creates sonic expressions rooted in the traditions of soundscapes, therapeutic music and Deep Listening®. His work explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening. For over two decades he has created recordings, concerts, scores for dance, film and gallery installations.
Over the past four years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world gathering field recordings for the Echozoo project and teaching with his Deep Listening and Somatic based workshop Listening Bodies. He is currently a teacher at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is also studying to become a certified therapeutic musician with the Music for Healing and Transition Program, which serves the ill and dying with live music for healing, or life-to-death transitioning in hospice. His most recent project, Celestial Music Box, is an ambient music sleep system that generates soothing music for sleep and healing using the coordinates of the stars in the sky.
I’ve played music my entire life, always finding my way through the twists and turns of life as an independent musician and composer. As I developed a stronger and stronger meditation practice I began to see a convergence in my musical and contemplative practices. 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.