Media campaign for The Mural and the Mint's new environmental sound design project for Rittenhouse Square
This spring, well-known Philadelphia musician and sound designer Michael Kiley will release the first in a series of immersive, iPhone app-directed “sound walks.” Presented under Kiley’s moniker The Mural and the Mint,The Empty Air: A Rittenhouse Square Sound Walk combines music, environmental sound and mobile devices for a new kind of music experience. The location-based composition was designed for Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square and will be available via iTunes beginning April 5.
Michael Kiley is a Philadelphia-based composer, sound designer, educator and performer working in dance, theater and public installation. Kiley is the founder of The Mural and The Mint (TM&TM), a project dedicated to experimental music and sound performance, which releases all of its recordings for free, asking only for donations in return. In 2010, TM&TM premiered its first evening-length piece, As The Eyes of the Seahorse, at HERE Arts Center in collaboration with Nichole Canuso Dance Company. Kiley’s work has also been presented at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Kelly-Strahorn Theatre (Pittsburgh), 3LD (New York), The Ingenuity Festival (Cleveland), MANCC (Tallahassee), The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis) and The New Victory Theater (NY). In 2011, he composed Roots and Dreamscapes, an 8-channel sound installation at The Emerald Street Urban Farm in Kensington.
Kiley has collaborated with most theater and dance companies in Philadelphia, including Pig Iron Theatre Company, SubCircle, Delaware Theatre Company, Eun Jung Choi of Da-Da-Dance Project, The National Constitution Center, The American Philosophical Society, David Brick of Headlong Dance Theater, Brat Productions, 1812 Productions, Flashpoint Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, The Acting Company (NY), Sylvain Émard Danse (Montreal) and Nichole Canuso Dance Company, of which he is a company member. In 2014 he will compose for choreographer Luciana Achugar’s new piece premiering at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and New York Live Arts.
Kiley is the recipient of the 2012 Independence Foundation Arts Fellowship, the 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellowship, the 2012 American Composers Forum Subito Grant and the 2012 Pennsylvania Cultural Alliance Project Stream Grant. He has also taught voice professionally for the past eight years, working with Miner Street Studios, The Lawrenceville School and The Hill School, as well as his own private studio.