Michael is one of the featured artists at SoundQuest Fest 2021. This is a live streamed music festival featuring 'cutting edge' musician/composers from around the world.
Michael's collaboration with Norwegian composer Erik Wollo, "Convergence", is now available from Projekt. Click here for John Diliberto's review of the album on his program, Echoes.
Marius-Christian Burcea recently published an interview with Michael on his "Journeys to the Infinite" site. Follow this link to hear it: "Michael Stearns: Soundscapes in the Key of Life"
Michael's latest film score was created for National Treasures' "Switzerlanders", a feature length 'Life in a Day' film shot entirely on cell phones by the people of Switzerland. He completed the score and finished the mix at Loft Studios in Hamburg, Germany, in February 2020. This series of films was initially created by director Ridley Scott with a "Life in a Day" of the world's people in 2010. On the mix stage: Michael, Sascha Heiny mix engineer and Stephan Anspichler producer.
New release for 2020! A collaboration with Erik Wollo titled “Convergence”. Erik and Michael met while both performing at the B-Wave Electronic Music Festival in Belgium. The album will be released August 28th on the Projekt label, available on CD from the Project website and as a download on Bandcamp. Also in the works is a collaboration with Steve Roach and a new solo album targeted for the spring of 2021.
Infinite Fog has re-released Michael’s album Ancient Leaves as a limited number Collectors Wooden/Metal Box Set which includes an LP, CD and Audio Cassette. They are also offering Ancient Leaves as individual CD and LP releases. Click on either image above for a direct link to the release on the Infinite Fog website.
Michael headlined the B-Wave Electronic Music Festival in Belgium in December 2018, performing new music and live to projected excerpts from “Chronos”, “Samsara” and “Baraka” in surround sound.
The first project competed in the new studios has been the score, music editorial and music mix for Albert Hughes ("The Book of Eli") film "ALPHA”, produced by Studio 8, released by Sony in September, 2018.
Baraka celebrated it’s 25th anniversary screening at the 2017 Santa Fe Film Festival. Crew of the film was in attendance for a pre-screening panel and Q&A. From L to R: David Brownlow, Michael, Alton Walpole, David Aubrey, Bill Mitchell and Bruce Simballa (not in attendance, Director Ron Fricke and Producer Mark Magidson)
In November 2016, my dear friend Dave Weininger passed away (Dave in the yellow suspenders).
When Dave became ill, he bequeathed to me his two studios and the house that is attached to them. These are studios that I designed for Dave in 2008. Engineer Gregg Stephens and I completed renovating and integrating new systems in the two studios. The larger (Studio 'A') now has 9.2.4 Dolby ATMOS monitoring capability and the smaller (Studio 'B') is set up with a 7.1 monitoring system. Each studio has its own ProTools HDX system, 4K display and Genelec, Focal, BagEnd and Lapinski speakers. Both studios and the house are powered by a large solar array that outputs 28Kw on a sunny New
"The Soft Touch of Morning Light" (three selections of extended archival live recordings made with the Serge synthesizer) and "Music for the Dome" (selections from three planetarium scores recorded over the last several years) are now available on "The Archives" page.
Michael scored and mixed Jennifer Corcoran’s feature film “She Sings to the Stars” which premiered at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and is now in distribution.
Michael and his son Andrew spent two months on location in Qatar recording sounds and music. Working with director Ron Fricke (Chronos, Baraka, Samsara), they collected materials for a film that will open at the new Qatar National Museum. Highlights of the trip included recording the “Singing Sand Dunes”, immersing in the rhythms, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of an unfamiliar culture and making many new friends.