Residence: Toronto, Canada
Michael Trommer is a Toronto-based producer and visual artist who has recorded for such top electronic music labels as Transmat, Wave, Truffle, Interchill, Nice’N’Smooth, Dragonfly, Ultra-Vista, Instinct, Impact, Liquid Sound Design and Dakini. He records under his own name, as well as aliases such as ‘sans soleil, ‘minidisco’, ‘Hydraulic’,and ‘Manitou2’.
Broad-minded in his approach to electronic music, Michael also creates gallery-based audio installation work. 2005 saw him creating a site-specific sound installation for Australia’s ‘Liquid Architecture’ exhibition. Another of his recent works was a net-based audio-manipulation project which was part of the ‘from 0 to 1 and back again’ exhibition at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt; this became the subject of many radio specials on both Deutsche Welle and Hessischer Rundfunk. His work was recently nominated for the Prix Italia for experimental music. His field-recording based material has been featured on London’s Resonance FM, www.vagueterrain.net, www.insine.net, and www.stasisfield.com.
As a live show, sans soleil was featured at the 2003 Movement Festival (a.k.a.DEMF) in support of Michael’s full-length album on Detroit’s legendary Transmat label.
Nominated as one of eye magazine’s ’10 talents to watch for 2006’, the coming year promises to be busy. Release-wise, a 12-inch will be appearing on Toronto’s Truffle Music in May, and a 3-inch cd of his field-recording based material will be released on Chicago’s Oblast later in the year. Expect more installation work from Michael in 2006 as well: a piece based on Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto Dominion Centre will be presented at the State Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia in the autumn, and a site-specific field-recording based installation will be exhibited in New York state’s upper Catskill forest (http://www.restlessculture.net/deepwoods ) from the end of May. Michael is also regularly performing as part of the live electronic improvisation collective ‘i/o’.
Date: August 7, 2006