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2/14/13 PR

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2013, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution

Michael J. Schumacher: Introducing the MCPS

The Old Stone House

336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience. Admission is by contribution and a reception follows.

Musical Ecologies continues on Thursday February 14 with Brooklyn-based composer, performer and installation artist Michael J. Schumacher. The evening will be focused on the debut of Schumacher’s new Multi-Channel Performance System (MCPS), a portable 24-channel sound system designed for quick setup and playback of sound installation works. The MPCS will be installed at the Old Stone House for the evening and the composer will present a new one-hour sound work composed specifically for multi-channel playback. About the development of the MPCS, Schumacher writes: “The idea for the portable multi-channel performance system emerged out of recent projects at AVA gallery and Eyebeam, for which I used a variety of speaker types to create small acousmatic sound systems. The speakers act in part as filters and are chosen to act as filters for the sounds played through them. The MCPS is designed for quick setup. Each of the 24 or so speakers is pre-attached to at least 25 feet of cable, allowing for wide distribution in the performance space. Other filtering and resonating accoutrements, such as boxes, bottles, cans and cloths, further ‘process’ the output.”

About the artist:

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer, performer and installation artist based in Brooklyn. He works predominantly with electronic and digital media, 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. Schumacher is the founder and director of Diapason gallery, a venue that focusses on sound art presentations. He is also music director of the Liz Gerring Dance Company. His latest project is diNMachine, an electro-acoustic rock band.

Upcoming on Musical Ecologies: Andrea Williams 3/21; Zach Layton 4/11; Jason Cady 5/16; TBA (6/13).

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