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Michael Schumacher, Room Pieces

In a 2006 interview, composer and sound gallery innovator (Diapason in Brooklyn, New York) Michael J. Schumacher spoke with host Elliott Sharp around the subject of his Rooms PIces, computer-generated, ambient, multi-channel sound installations.

In 2010 Schumacher installed Room Pieces in Troy, New York at EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center). The installation is characterized by a wide variety of acoustic phenomena, including field recordings, recordings of musical instruments, sound "objects," spoken words, and computer generated tones, and employs various strategies for the articulation of these sounds, with particular use made of numerical sequences. Each manifestation of Room Pieces takes on a unique identity based on the space in which it is installed. EMPAC's immense size, acoustics, incredible variety of background sounds, and the 100-plus speaker sound system provide a rich and challenging environment.


Open Territory


Musical innovators share their work in a combination of an interview. Including Max Neuhaus, Miles Davis, Christian Marclay, and more. 



A series of programs produced by the composer Elliott Sharp from his own collection of works that have influenced, energized, or otherwise occupied his earspace and imagination; from African chanting to Japanese noise to avant-garde concert music. Many of the segments were assembled for the former radio station of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA/PS1) between 2004 and 2006.