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.

Telematic Game of Drones (2016)

I co-produced a distributed concert with Eldad Tsabary (Concordia, Montreal) and Chris Chafe (Stanford, Palo Alto). The concert featured performances from Glen Hall, Nolan Lem, Michael Pinsonneault, Ian Jarvis, and CLOrk. Below is a 360-degree video of an excerpt of "Chopper", composed by Chris Chafe and performed by Glen Hall, Nolan Lem, and Michael Pinsonneault:

From the Ether: A Distributed Performance Concert (2015)

Co-produced by myself, Tom Beyer, and Tim Shuttleworth. This concert was organized in collaboration with the Technical Committee on Network Audio Standards for the 2015 AES Convention in New York. Featuiring performers located in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Stanford, CA; Tromsø, Norway; Buenos Aries, Argentina and Belfast, Ireland. Audio and video will be transmitted between all locations over high-bandwidth internet links. A brief panel discussion also preceeded the concert to benefit convention attendees. 

Full event info

Telematic Embrace: You Had Me at Hello World (2014)

I executive-produced a distributed concert held between Montreal, Palo Alto, Hamilton, and Toronto on October 11, 2014. I asked the composers involved to consider latency, and other idiosyncrasies of the telematic system, not as points of failure, but as novel compositional parameters.

Programme & Composers

Roulette - Michael Mersereau

Better & Better (Premiere) - Reg Kachanoski

Territory Circulations no. 1: You Had Me At Hello World (Premiere) - Justin Scherer & Michael Palumbo

Conversations of Other People (Premiere) - Evan Tighe

--Short Intermission--

Inert Glances (Premiere) - Evan Stepanian

Mercury's Net (Premiere) - Charlie Twitch

October 2014 Niagara - Tania Chen 

Shared Buffer - Eldad Tsabary, David Ogborn, Ian Jarvis

Palo Alto musicians:
Tania Chen: Stylophone, Toys, Melodica, Indian Cowbells, Radio, and Tiny Accordion (Hooray!)
Michael A. Mersereau: Prepared Guitar, Electronics

Montreal musicians:
Evan Tighe: Drums, objects, percussion
Erik Hove: Alto Saxophone
Adam Kinner: Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Twitch: Vocal
Peggy Hogan: Wurlitzer, Vocal
Marc André Roy: Electric Bass
Reg Kachanoski: Laptop
Eldad Tsabary: Laptop  (Live Coding!)

Hamilton musician:
David Ogborn: Laptop  (Live Coding!)

Toronto musician:
Ian Jarvis : Laptop (Live Coding!)

Montreal Team:

Project Coordinator -- Michael Palumbo
Audio Engineer -- Mark Corwin
Network Audio -- Eldad Tsabary
Network Video -- Evan Montpellier
Video Projectionist -- Nima Navab
Remote Communications -- Jamie Woollard
Global Mixdown Recording & Live Stream -- Didier Bergeron
Assistant -- Travis West
Assistant -- Philippe Blanchette
Assistant -- Devon Bate

Palo Alto Technical Team:

Audio Engineer & Network Audio -- Eoin Callery
Video Networking -- Michael Mersereau

Special Thanks to Tim Shuttleworth, Kevin Moon, Chris Chafe, Betsy Cohen, Michael Montanero, The Topological Media Lab, Oisín Burns, Pouya Hamidi, Alex Pulec, Bennett Dobni, Erin Gee, Mark Baehr, Ricardo Dal Farra, Sam Thulin, Jennifer Ingertila, Emily Lair, Ethan Sherman, Tim Tsang, and Sarah Reid.