Meara O’Reilly is a Los Angeles based composer, artist and educator, with a focus on perception and new musical interfaces.
She is co-creator of the Rhythm Necklace app, a musical sequencer that uses two-dimensional geometry to create rhythm. She is the author of Illusion Songs, an online collection of auditory illusions as found in indigenous folk music traditions and cognitive research. Her work has been presented at Los Angeles's Walt Disney Hall, Bauhaus Dessau, SF Davies Symphony Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and as part of Bjork's Biophilia world tour.
Most recently, O’Reilly was an Artist in Residence with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco from 2010-2015. Her exhibit Chladni Singing is a permanent exhibit in the Exploratorium's Central Gallery, and her forthcoming EP Hockets for Two Voices will be released in 2019.
In a special presentation for Loop, O’Reilly will provide an insight into her fascinating research on musical perception and audio illusions – sounds we think we hear, but which don’t actually exist.