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.

Selected Publications:

D. V. Nort, I. Jarvis, and M. Palumbo, “Towards a mappable database of emergent gestural meaning,” in Proceedings of the international conference on new interfaces for musical expression, Brisbane, Australia, 2016, pp. 46-50.

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This paper presents our work towards a database of performance activity that is grounded in an embodied view on meaning creation that crosses sense modalities. Our system design is informed by the philosophical and aesthestic intentions of the laboratory context within which it is designed, focused on distribution of performance activity across temporal and spatial dimensions, and expanded notions of the instrumental system as environmental performative agent. We focus here on design decisions that result from this overarching worldview on digitally-mediated performance.

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@InProceedings{Nort:2016, Title = {Towards a Mappable Database of Emergent Gestural Meaning}, Author = {Doug Van Nort and Ian Jarvis and Michael Palumbo}, Booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression}, Year = {2016}, Address = {Brisbane, Australia}, Pages = {46--50}, Publisher = {Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University}, Series = {2220-4806}, Volume = {16}, Abstract = {This paper presents our work towards a database of performance activity that is grounded in an embodied view on meaning creation that crosses sense modalities. Our system design is informed by the philosophical and aesthestic intentions of the laboratory context within which it is designed, focused on distribution of performance activity across temporal and spatial dimensions, and expanded notions of the instrumental system as environmental performative agent. We focus here on design decisions that result from this overarching worldview on digitally-mediated performance.}, ISBN = {978-1-925455-13-7}, Track = {Papers}, Url = {http://www.nime.org/proceedings/2016/nime2016_paper0010.pdf} }

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Palumbo, Michael. “CrossTalk: A Reflection on the development of an interactive performance.” eContact! 16.3 — TES 2013: 7th Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium / 7e Symposium électroacoustique de Toronto (December 2014).

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CrossTalk is a live performance piece about the ways in which control affects relationships between performers, performers and their audience, and of the audience members amongst themselves. This article details the conception of this interactive musical performance, and will reflect on how it developed over the course of three live presentations.

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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. Digital. 

Palumbo, Michael and Hamidi, Pouya and King, Richard and Pavlasek, Donald “Design and Construction of the Stringer: A Polyphonic Signal Switcher for 13-pin DIN MIDI Guitars,” in Proceedings of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention, New York. 2013.

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The Stringer is a polyphonic signal switcher for use with 13-pin DIN MIDI guitar pickups. Used as an intermediary between a guitar and a synthesizer pedal, the purpose of the device is to isolate a single string for monophony, such as bass note accompaniment. A height-and-depth-adjustable fulcrum bar supports the performer’s feet, and brings them closer to the foot switches, allowing for smoother and faster string switching. The current model can isolate strings 6, 5, and 4; mute all strings; and can run in bypass mode to pass all string signals through for standard operation. The circuit is powered by a 9V DC external adapter, and housed in a custom aluminum chassis.

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@conference{palumbo2013design, title = {Design and Construction of the Stringer: A Polyphonic Signal Switcher for 13-pin DIN MIDI Guitars}, author = {Palumbo, Michael and Hamidi, Pouya and King, Richard and Pavlasek, Donald}, booktitle = {Audio Engineering Society Convention 135}, month = {Oct}, year = {2013}, url = {http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=16956} }

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