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Michael Gary Dean is a diverse composer, navigating seamlessly between the worlds of both instrumental and electronic styles. His work has been strongly collaborative, working with an impressive roster of digital artists and creatives to realize audio-visual and immersive interactive artworks all over the world - not to mention an ongoing list of works composed for piano and instrumental ensembles.

For Dean, it’s all about taking new risks and challenging audiences with sweeping emotional landscapes and rich story telling using mixed media formats. His work spans many canvases, from augmented reality to game engines.

Whether it’s presenting films in famous European planetariums, touring audio-visual projection works or exhibiting installations in cutting-edge immersive environments, Dean has quite a list of accomplishments to date. Repeat invitations to seminal festivals such as Sónar and MUTEK along with appearances at venues like London’s Somerset House and the Asia Culture Centre in South Korea have made Dean a specialist in contemporary music and entertainment.

After several episodes living and working between Europe and Canada, Dean is currently based in Montréal.

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It’s rare to find a mix of both composer and programmer, but with degrees in classical music, computer science and music technology, Dean’s education certainly has paid off. Easily moving between code and visual programming like Max, TouchDesigner or Unreal Engine’s new MetaSound environment, his skillset enables intense creative interconnectivity. Whether it’s delivering AR works for web, binaural or spatialized sound formats or composing non-linear music for generative artworks, Dean fluidly traverses various interactive media formats.

In 2021, Dean launched Mighty M4L, a Max for Live initiative aimed at streamlined tools for generative music makers. The need for plug-and-play generative music tools has clearly become evident, and Dean’s work is constantly contributing to this developing ecosystem.

Mighty M4L - Plugins for generative music makers.

Mighty M4L - Rhythm Maker plugin gif
[MM4L] Rhythm Maker
Mighty M4L - Melody Maker plugin gif
[MM4L] Melody Maker
Mighty M4L - Clock + Note Divider plugin gif
[MM4L] Clock + Note Divider

Recent work


OASIS Immersion (CA). Michael Gary Dean & Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. “Frozen Music”. Montréal, Canada. 5 Oct 2021 - 5 Apr 2022. Hellerau (DE). Michael Gary Dean & Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. “Previz”. Dresden, Germany. 11-31 Mar 2021. Sound Forms (HK). Michael Gary Dean & Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. “Previz”. Hong Kong. 16 Oct 2020. LEV Festival (ES). Michael Gary Dean & Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. “Frozen Music”. Gijón, Spain. 14-27 Sep 2020. Index (PT). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Braga, Portugal. 29 Feb 2020. MUTEK Japan (JP). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Tokyo, Japan. 11 Dec 2019. Sonica (UK). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Glasgow, United Kingdom. 8 Nov 2019. LEV Festival (ES). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Madrid, Spain. 17 Oct 2019. Criatech (PT). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Aveiro, Portugal. 12 Oct 2019. TodaysArt (NL). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. The Hague, Netherlands. 20 Sep 2019. MUTEK Argentina (AR). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 15 Sep 2019. Eufónic Festival (ES). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Terres de l’Ebre, Spain. 6 Sep 2019. Sónar Barcelona (ES). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Barcelona, Spain. 20 July 2019. ISEA 2019 - ACT Festival (KR). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Gwangju, Republic of Korea. 25 June 2019. Somerset House (UK). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. London, England. 9 June 2019. Avantage Numérique (CA). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Rouyn-Noranda, Canada. 29 Mar 2019. Sónar Istanbul (TR). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Istanbul, Turkey. 9 Mar 2019. MUTEK Barcelona (ES). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Barcelona, Spain. 7 Mar 2019. Mois Multi (CA). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Québec City, Canada. 9 Feb 2019. Winterpret Festival (BE). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Brussels, Belgium. 7 & 8 Dec 2018. MUTEK Mexico (MX). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Mexico City, Mexico. 22 Nov 2018. MUTEK Dubai (UAE). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Dubai, UAE. 14 & 16 Oct 2018. HUBweek Festival (US). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Boston, USA. 10-14 Oct 2018. La Gaîté Lyrique (FR). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Paris, France. 6 Oct 2018. Zeiss Grossplanetarium (DE). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Berlin, Germany. 28 Sep 2018. Festival Scopitone (FR). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Nantes, France. 19 Sep 2018. MUTEK Montréal (CA). Wiklow & Push 1 stop. “Membrane”. Montréal, Canada. 22 Aug 2018. La Société des arts technologiques (CA). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Montréal, Canada. 6-10 Mar 2018. MUTEK Mexico (MX). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Mexico City, Mexico. 22 - 23 Nov 2017. La Société des arts technologiques (CA). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Montréal, Canada. 31 Oct - 25 Nov 2017. MAPP_MTL (CA). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Montréal, Canada. 7 Oct 2017. Festival Transart (IT). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Bolzano, Italy. 9 Sep 2017. MUTEK Montréal (CA). Wiklow, Diagraf & Ewerx. “Liquid Architecture”. Montréal, Canada. 24 Aug 2017. Pretty Good Not Bad Festival (CA). Wiklow & Laine Butler. “Diagram”. Fort Tectoria. Victoria, Canada. 19 May 2017. Phi Centre (CA). “Artificial Nature”. Montréal, Canada. 7 Dec 2016. Casa del Popolo (CA). “Artificial Nature”. Montréal, Canada. 28 Sep 2016. POP Montréal (CA). “Artificial Nature”. POP Headquarters. Montréal, Canada. 22 Sep 2016. Goethe Institut (CA). “Artificial Nature”. Organic Matter. Montréal, Canada. 30 Jan 2016. ISEA 2015 (CA). "Light Pollution". Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Vancouver, Canada. 14 - 18 Aug 2015. MUTEK Montréal (CA). "Skeletal Wires". Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Montréal, Canada. 29 May 2015. Columbia University School of the Arts (US). "How to Drop Bombs". Amplitude. 30 Apr 2015. Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (CA). Akousma Electrochoc Electroacoustic Series. "#422AEF9". Montréal, Canada. 19 Feb 2015.

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