Boomkat Product Review:
Over a decade since his last proper release, NYC composer and sound artist Michael J Schumacher pares an eight-channel installation down to stereo on "Room Piece Rixensart".
Schumacher specializes in spatial sound and algorithmic composition, and has been producing "Room Pieces" since the 1990s, presenting multi-channel generative pieces and exhibiting them in galleries and public spaces to force us to rethink architectural and social purposes. "Room Piece Rixensart" was presented in the Kamer Negen gallery in Belgium, and was performed using an eight-channel setup before it was edited into stereo for this release.
Musically, it's packed with minute details that fully embrace the stereo field, setting off our musical curiosity via hit piano notes, rustling glitches and bizarre, unsettling percussion. It's a piece of music that's meant to force us to consider the space itself, and it does so by puncturing the consciousness with foley dirt and instrumental markers that can be snatched away in an instant.