Hi everyone, I wanted to share some upcoming events and some new music I’ve released today
Unplugged: Consciousness Hacking
(March 1) there’s a meet up in Philadelphia of mediators, coders and
seekers. These gatherings are always a mind opening event. Beginners and
those with no meditation experience are welcome!
I’ll be presenting a binaural beats system as a way to hack your consciousness and create altered states.
1211 Chestnut Street Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA (map)
Two weeks ago Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet debuted their seminal work Ephemeral,
for which I composed the score. I am really proud of this piece and I
feel like it’s the culmination of my working relationship with Nora over
the past six years. The dancers and technical crew performed flawlessly
to packed audiences over three shows and it was wonderful.
Here’s two glowing reviews of the piece:
Also for the first time ever, I’m releasing the score of the ballet as
an album today. You can download (MP3, FLAC) the hour long album from Bandcamp.
Sleep Music Concert
Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State
March 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – March 20, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.
$10-$20 sliding scale
thefidget space (1714 N Mascher Street)
<fidget> Artist in Residence Michael McDermott will be performing an all night sleep music concert.
For the past 10 years, Michael has been performing as an ambient music artist under the moniker Mikronesia. For this concert he will be presenting a long-form work based on the themes of death, bardo and reincarnation found in the sacred Buddhist text known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The live performance using synthesizers, tape loops and slow motion surround sound sonic landscapes will warp the audiences’ perception of time as the music will reach the level of near stillness through the wee hours of the morning. This part of the concert will be meant to be experienced subsciouslessly as McDermott will cycle through his interpretation of themes of death and rebirth found in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The score will culminate at sunrise concluding the sonic lullaby. On display will be video tape loops by artist Alex Bond.
The show is twelve hours long. We invite you to bring blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. We’ll also have sleep inducing dream tea to aid in the journey.
Preview McDermott’s first foray into “Sleep Music,” Quiescent to get a taste of the sonic landscape: https://mikronesia.bandcamp.com/album/quiescent
Finally, last month I had the pleasure to play at a night celebrating
the life and music of one of my heroes, David Bowie. Every set was
really powerful and beautiful. I played synthesizer with the band
Professor Maybe. We did two instrumentals from Low and Bowie’s last epic song “Blackstar”. Here’s a video from the show: