Creates music for theatre, radio, and film, primarily using electronic sound and live performance.
His works have been described as ‘brash’... New York Times, ‘isolationist’ ... The Wire, 'especially otherworldly' ... New Music USA, 'strange & intriguing' ... by Exclaim, and 'étonnante' by EtherReal France.
Mike Vernusky's music has been performed at Festival International de Música Experimental São Paulo, Sonic Mmabolela South Africa, 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.
Vernusky is supported by Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, Music at the Anthology NYC, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Meet The Composer/ MetLife, June in Buffalo, ASCAP, and El Centro Méxicano para la Musica y Artes Sonoras. He has presented at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, New York University, Alte Schmiede Vienna, Goldsmiths University London, University of Huddersfield, UK, and The University of Notre Dame for their inaugural Sacred Music Conference.
As a film composer, Vernusky 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's 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 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 in an interdisciplinary environment of directors, actors, dramaturgs, playwrights, mathematicians, behavioral scientists, storytellers, and improvisation artists. His past teachers & mentors have included William Duckworth, Denis Smalley, Francisco López, and Kevin Puts.
In addition to his compositional work, he is also an Experience Analyst at Apple.