Michael J. Schumacher is a composer of electronic and instrumental works utilizing spatial acoustics. In 1996, with photographer Ursula Scherrer, he founded Studio 5 Beekman, a gallery which was unusual in its ability to present multi-channel sound-installations. After the closing of 5 Beekman in 2000, he co-founded Diapason, a dedicated sound-art gallery which continues to present work by artists each month. Schumacher's compositions have been characterized by an intense exploration of multi-channel presentation and minimal structures, influenced by Morton Feldman, Phill Niblock, James Tenney and La Monte Young. His work with perception and timbral relationships is exceptionally forward-thinking in his generation.