Michael Palumbo

Sound Artist // Scholar // Designer

Michael Palumbo (MA, BFA) is an artist and researcher interested in distributed creativity, human/nonhuman agency, collaborative design, and tinkering.

He is a PhD student in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University, and a member of the Distributed Performance and Sensorial Immersion Laboratory.

PDF VERSION : 2017-05-26 Curriculum Vitae Michael Palumbo

       Education

Doctor of Philosophy: Theatre and Performance Studies (In-Progress)
2016-Present
York University
Toronto, Ontario

Master of Arts: Theatre and Performance Studies                                           
2015-2016
York University
Toronto, Ontario

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Electroacoustic Studies Major                                       2011-2015
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec

Diploma in Entertainment Business Management                                                      2006
Toronto Film School
Toronto, Ontario

Funding

Animating Historic Sites and Museums.
Toronto Arts Council Grant. 2016

York Graduate Scholarship
York University, Toronto. 2015.

York Graduate Assistantship. 
York University, Toronto. 2015.


CUSRA Research-Creation Grant.
Concordia University, Montreal. 2014.

Alcides Lanza Award in Electroacoustics. 
Concordia University, Montreal. 2013

Travel Funding. Department of Music. 
Concordia University. 2013.

Publications

Palumbo, Michael. “Stethoscope Hero.” 2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac, Contemporary Performance Network, 2015. Print. 

Palumbo, Michael “Video Games as Cooperative Performance: Composing for Meaningful Play in Laptop Orchestras.” 2014 Undergraduate Research Showcase, Concordia University, Montreal, 2015. Web.

Palumbo, Michael “CrossTalk: A Reflection on the Development of an Interactive Performance.” eContact! vol. 16.3 [Montreal, Québec]: CEC, 2014. Web.

Palumbo, Michael, Pouya Hamidi, Richard King, Donald Pavlasek "Design and Construction of A Polyphonic Signal Router for 13-pin DIN MIDI Guitars." Proc. of 135th AES Convention, Audio Engineering Society, New York. 2013. Digital.

Palumbo, Michael “Using an Augmented Electric Guitar as Both a Controller and as a Polyphonic Instrument”. Small Talk Zine Vol. 1, Toronto, 2012. Print.

Research Experience

Researcher, Composer. “Self-Organizing Music Synthesis.” Capstone Project, Department of Music, Concordia University. Montreal. 2014-2015.  

Researcher. “Video Games as Cooperative Performance: Designing Meaningful Play in Laptop Orchestras.” Department of Music, Concordia University. 2014. Supervised by Dr. Eldad Tsabary and supported by a research-creation grant from the Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award.

Researcher, Designer. “The Stringer: Polyphonic String Switch for MIDI Guitars” Montreal. 2013.

Presentations

Presenter. “Video Games as Cooperative Performance: Designing Meaningful Play in Laptop Orchestras” Network Music Festival, Birmingham. September 28, 2014. Lecture.

Presenter. “Design and Construction of A Polyphonic Signal Router for 13-pin DIN MIDI Guitars”. 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention, New York. October 19, 2013. Paper Session.

Presenter. “CrossTalk”. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto. August 17, 2013. Lecture-recital.

Presenter. “CrossTalk”. Small Talk 02. Toronto. July 10, 2013. Lecture-recital.

Presenter. “CrossTalk”. Data:Salon, Eastern Bloc, Montreal. April 24, 2013. Lecture-recital. 

Presenter. “Using an Augmented Electric Guitar as Both a Controller and as a Polyphonic Instrument”. Small Talk Lecture Series. Toronto. August 22, 2012. Lecture.

 

Works

Creator. “Recursive Writing.” Performance Video Game. 2015. 

Composer. "Laundromatic Writing." Where's The Beat? CKUT FM, Montreal. December 25, 2014. Stereo. 

Composer. “Territorial Circulations no. 1.” Telematic Embrace. Hexagram Black Box, Montreal. October 11, 2014. New Media Telematic Performance.

Executive Producer, Stage Manager. “Telematic Embrace: You Had Me At Hello World.” International Telematic Concert. Hexagram Black Box, Montreal; CCRMA, Palo Alto; Hamilton; Toronto. October 11, 2014.

Composer. “Stethoscope Hero.” Network Music Festival, Birmingham. September 28, 2014. New Media Networked Performance.

Composer. “Stethoscope Hero.” Hear Here! Vol. 9. Forest City Gallery, London. August 9, 2014. New Media Networked Performance.

Composer. “Game Composition II for Laptop Orchestra”. Concordia Laptop Orchestra. Concordia University, Montreal. January 30, 2014. Networked Music Performance.

Composer. “Iron Harvest” – The Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montreal. Montreal. December 19, 2013. Diffusion.

Composer. “A Punster & A Turophile”. The Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montreal. Montreal. December 19, 2013. Acousmatic Composition.

Composer. “Game Composition I for Laptop Orchestra”. Concordia University, Montreal. December 6, 2013. Participatory Networked Performance.

Composer, Instrument Designer. “Beat Bits”. Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. October 25, 2013. Telematic performance.

Conductor, Composer. “Music for 22 Email Machines”. Michael Palumbo Laptop Ensemble. The Array Space, Toronto. July 20, 2013

Performer, Composer. “Soup Phase”. ToBe Continued 2013. Stazione di Topolo, Topolò. March 24, 2013.

Performer. “Creation”. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk) with Orchestre symphonie de l’isle (OSI). Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montreal. March 23, 2013. 

Creator, Programmer, Performer. “Music for 22 Email Machines”. Liveware! Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. March 7, 2013. Performance. A live, improvisatory performance piece using a network-based digital instrument created specifically for the Concordia Laptop Orchestra.

Creator, Programmer. “CrossTalk”. Festival of Original Theatre. Robert Gill Theatre, Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto. 1 February, 2013. Performance.
A live electroacoustic performance piece involving two performers and audience interaction.

Technician. “Live Network Beat-based Performance”. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk). Montreal and Hamilton. February 7, 2013. A live, improvisatory telematic performance with CLOrk and McMaster University’s Cybernetic Orchestra.

Performer, Technician, Performance Proposal co-Author. “Small-world Network”. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk). Montreal. February 23, 2013. A live telematic performance with groups from Scotland, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, and Concordia University, narrow-casted to Network Music Festival in Birmingham, UK. 

Creator. “Galvanic Skin Response-based Biofeedback Synthesizer”. Sound Travels Intensive. New Adventures in Sound Art space, Toronto. August 11, 2012. Performance-Installation. Audience-participation synthesizer controlled by galvanic skin response, effectively generating music based on measured comfort. 

Performer. Sound Travels Laptop Orchestra. Sound Travels Intensive. New Adventures in Sound Art space, Toronto. August 11, 2012. Performance. Conducted by Dr. David Ogborn. Live Coding.

Performer. “Dancity”. Concordia Laptop Orchestra at the Penta Locus Telematic Concert. Concordia University, Montreal. November 20, 2011. 5-city Telematic Concert: Montreal, San Diego, New York, Hamburg, and Belfast.

Co-creator, Performer. “The Synthesis Project”. The Junction Arts Festival. Toronto.
September 9-12, 2009. Performance-Installation. Interdisciplinary live performance-installation.

 

       Teaching Experience

Workshop Leader. “Objet Sonore Lectures: Lecture Development Workshops.” Montreal. September 2013-March 2014.

Workshop Leader. "CrossTalk & Augmented Performance" CKUT Radio Camp – Montreal, Quebec. July 10, 2013.

Peer Tutor. “Theory and MIDI-stration.” Electroacoustic Studies. 2012.

Teacher. Puredata-extended & Max/MSP. Montreal, Quebec. September 2012 – Present.

       Work Experience

Network Technician. International Drone Day. Telematic Concert between CKUT and CJLO radio stations. Montreal. May 9, 2015.

Assistant Network Technician. “Game of Drones: CLOrk & York Laptop Ensemble” Telematic Concert. March 29, 2015.

Director of Social Media. The Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Montreal. 2014-Present. http://cec.sonus.ca/

Executive Producer, Technical Coordinator. “Telematic Embrace: You Had Me At Hello World.” International Telematic Concert. October 11, 2014.

Curator. “Objet Sonore Lectures: Season Three”. The Phi Centre. Montreal. 2014.

Curator. “Objet Sonore Lectures: Season Two”. Gallerie VAV Gallery. Montreal. 2013.

Curator. “Objet Sonore Lectures: Season One”. Artist’s Studio. Montreal. 2013.

Project Facilitator. “I’ll See You In The Cloud”. PRISMA Collective Based in Toronto and Montreal. 2013-2014.

Concert Host. “Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium”. New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 15, 2013

Founder. Audiotonic Entertainment. Toronto. 2006 – 2011. Concert promotion.

Artist Manager. Maneli Jamal (Guitarist). Toronto. 2007-2009.

Organizer, Promoter. “Fine Grind Concert Series”. Journo Café & Great Canadian News. Toronto. 2007.

Organizer, Promoter. “Starbucks Concert Series”. 4 King Starbucks. Toronto. 2006-2007.

Tour Manager. “Everyone Jump: Kids Changing Diabetes” Children’s Healthy Eating & Diabetes Awareness Concerts. Southern Ontario. 2006.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer. “Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium”. New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 14-17, 2013

Assistant Recording Engineer. “The Powerful Water Dragon.” Oriented Towards Sound VIII. Confucius Institute. Montreal. March 17, 2012.

Volunteer. “Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium.” New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 14-17, 2013

Organizer. “CESSA Presents!” Concordia University, Montreal. 2012–2013. Academic lecture series, featuring talks given by Adam Basanta, Navid Navab, Emilie LeBel, Terri Hron, and Professor Robert Normandeau

Director of External Affairs. Concordia Electroacoustic Studies Students’ Association, Department of Music, Concordia University. Montreal. 2012-2013. 

Volunteer. “New Interfaces for Musical Expression.” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. April 20-24, 2012.

Assistant Recording Engineer. “The Powerful Water Dragon”. Oriented Towards Sound VIII. Confucius Institute. Montreal. March 17, 2012.

Conferences Attended

Performing the Accidental Archive. Toronto. April 17-18.

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium. New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 14-18, 2013

               135th Audio Engineering Society Convention.
             New York. October 16-20, 2013.

Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 14-17, 2013 

Festival of Original Theatre. Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto. February 1-3, 2013. 

Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Barns Artscape, Toronto. August 15-18, 2012

New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 20-24, 2012.

Balance-Unbalance. Hexagram, Concordia University. Montreal. November 4, 2011.

Professional Development

Sound Travels Intensive. New Adventures in Sound Art space, Toronto. August 7-11 2012. Weeklong workshops related to sound art practices led by Trevor Wishart, Darren Copeland, David Ogborn, Emilie LeBel, Ian Jarvis, and Eldad Tsabary.

Workshop on Gesture Recognition and Machine Learning for Real-time Musical Interaction. New Interfaces for Musical Expression. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. May 20, 2012. Workshop led by Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink and Nicholas Gillian.

Affiliations

Member. Canadian Electroacoustic Community Advisory Council 2014-Present

Member. AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Standards (TCNAS) 2013-Present

Member. Audio Engineering Society. 2013-Present.

Artist Member. Eastern Bloc. Montreal. 2013-2014

Founder, co-Editor. Objet Sonore. Montreal. 2012 – Present.

Member. The Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). May 2011-Present.