Mike Vernusky Salas creates music for concert, installation, theatre, dance, and film, primarily using electronic sound and live performance.
His works have been described as ‘brash’... New York Times, ‘isolationist’ ... The Wire, 'otherworldly' ... New Music USA, 'strange & intriguing' ... Exclaim, and 'étonnante' by EtherReal France.
Mike Vernusky Salas' music has been heard around the world including performances at Festival International de Música Experimental São Paulo, MATA, Marrakech Biennale, Madeira Contemporary Music Residency, Autumn Music Festival of Bucharest, Rome BNL Media Art, Mise-En Festival NYC, TransX Transmission Art Symposium Toronto, Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey, Visiones Sonoras Mexico, EchoFluxx Praha, Wired for Sound in Cambridge, Le Escucha Errante Bilbao, GMEM Marseille, ICMC Barcelona, Experimental Intermedia, Art Basel Miami, among others.
Mike Vernusky Salas is supported by Music at the Anthology, Meet The Composer/ MetLife, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June in Buffalo, ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, and El Centro Méxicano para la Musica y Artes Sonoras. He has presented at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, NYU, Alte Schmiede Vienna, University of London, Goldsmiths, University of Huddersfield, UK, and The University of Notre Dame for their inaugural Sacred Music Conference.
As a film composer, Vernusky Salas has worked with numerous filmmakers and moving image artists. These works have been performed at Tribeca International Film Festival, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, Music with a View NYC, Voices from the Waters Bangalore, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, FLEX Fest Gainesville, FILE Festival Brazil, Darklight Film Festival Dublin, Brno 16 CZ, and Seoul Net & Film Festival.
Mike V. Salas' recorded music is published on BBC Audio, MIT Press, The Wire, and Quiet Design. Vernusky co-founded the label Quiet Design with sound artist Cory Allen, featured artists working at the fringes of new music and sound art. This imprint, which released over 20 albums on various media from 2006-2012, became a full-fledged portal of audio art and information.
Vernusky Salas holds degrees in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin and in Applied Guitar Performance from Mercyhurst University. He is a proud alum of the WordBridge Playwrights Laboratory in Baltimore, where he worked alongside dramaturgs, directors, clowns, carpenters, designers, and psychologists. His teachers & mentors have included William Duckworth, Denis Smalley, Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, and Kevin Puts. He is currently an Experience Analyst at Apple, Inc.