Michael Musick


  • Assistant Professor

  • PhD New York University

  • M.A. University of Michigan

Michael Musick

Michael Musick is a media artist, creative technologist, composer, performer and improviser. His current practice and research is collected under The Sonic Spaces Project which aims to create, explore, and define sonic space ecosystems; a type of eco-art and interactive music system. This project aims to explore principles of complex systems, natural ecosystems, cybernetics, and emergence, through interactive music systems. Michael has additional research interests in installation art, soundscape, and creative improvisation. As a performer, he uses a computer as his instrument to understand, process, amplify, and play with any sounds occurring within the performance space.
Michael is at the University of Montana as an Assistant Professor of Media Arts. In addition to continuing his own research, Michael is teaching courses within Digital Arts and Technology. These courses focus on preparing students to contribute to an evolving world using code and modern technology as creative extensions for their own artistic voices and ideas.

Prior to Montana, Michael was at New York University, where he earned a PhD in Music Technology. There, he was part of the Computer Music Group within MARL (NYU’s Music and Audio Research Lab) and the Citygram research group. Prior to NYU, he earned an M.A. in Media Arts from the University of Michigan, where he began his work with performance systems while continuing his studies in creative improvisation and multi-media performance. Michael also has a background in tuba performance and recording arts; holding performance degrees from The University of Southern California (M.Mus ’09) and The University of Colorado (B.Mus ’07). Originally from Arvada, Colorado, Michael is a lover of the mountains, snow, and wandering among the aspen or pine trees.

For more information please visit his personal site at michaelmusick.com