In a 2006 interview, composer and sound gallery innovator (Diapason in Brooklyn, New York) Michael J. Schumacher spoke with host Elliott Sharp around the subject of his Rooms PIces, computer-generated, ambient, multi-channel sound installations.
In 2010 Schumacher installed Room Pieces in Troy, New York at EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center). The installation is characterized by a wide variety of acoustic phenomena, including field recordings, recordings of musical instruments, sound "objects," spoken words, and computer generated tones, and employs various strategies for the articulation of these sounds, with particular use made of numerical sequences. Each manifestation of Room Pieces takes on a unique identity based on the space in which it is installed. EMPAC's immense size, acoustics, incredible variety of background sounds, and the 100-plus speaker sound system provide a rich and challenging environment.