The ferociously interactive media of a creative force of nature

with Margaret Schedel



Margaret Schedel is Professor of Music at Stony Brook University in NY, and a creative force of nature. She is first and foremost a musician. Trained as a cellist and specialized in the creation and performance of "ferociously interactive media", she is a composer and performer whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. She sits on the boards of the 60×60 Dance, BEAM Foundation, EMFInstitute, ICMA, NWEAMO, and Organised Sound. While working towards a DMA in music composition at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, her interactive multimedia opera "A King Listens" premiered at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and was profiled by apple.com.

I got in touch with her while visiting NYC in July 2018, via our common friend Laura Zattra to whom go my genuine thanks! How have I lived all my life without knowing Meg! Meg's energy hit me as soon as she entered the room. She's a true force of nature, and I've wanted to work with her right from the start. A few moths after this interview was recorded, this wish materialized, as Meg is my host for a Fulbright grant that will allow me to spend a few months at Stony Brook University in early 2020. I hope you enjoy this interview and feel Meg's energy pour through the speakers or your headphones!


Fig. above - With Margaret in Manhattan in July 2018.


I recently answered a call to nominate my #womanHero in #musicTech on International Women's Day 2019. Without a doubt, I nominated Margaret! Here is her bio along with those of Ada Lovelace, Laurie Anderson, Liz Phillips, Teresa Rampazzi, Laurie Spiegel, Delia Derbyshire, Hilde Marie Holsen, Holly Herndon: http://wonomute.no/2019-03-08-international-womens-day-womute-heroes/

My favourite quote from this episosde: "Back in my day, we didn't even have a GUI!" (at min 8:35)