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"Nie entstand der Eindruck einer von Technik bestimmten Musik. Chua verwendet die Technik als Mittel zum Zweck, setzt sich musikalisch darüber hinaus und haucht damit ihrer Performance jenes Leben ein, das direkt die Emotionen anspricht."​

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18-19 Feb. 2021

Featured guest artist

Virtual premiere of black box fading in 360° video/VR format

Featured guest artist

Virtual premiere of black box fading in 360° video/VR format

9 April 2021

Showing of black box fading (360° video/VR format)

Online (due to COVID-19)

Showing of black box fading (360° video/VR format)

Online (due to COVID-19)

17 May 2021

black box fading

hybrid VR/installation experience

ft. improvisation machine (AIYA) | sensor-augmented flute | humans

Abschlussprojekt (pt. 2), M.A. Transdisziplinarität

Tickets/Reservation

black box fading

hybrid VR/installation experience

ft. improvisation machine (AIYA) | sensor-augmented flute | humans

Abschlussprojekt (pt. 2), M.A. Transdisziplinarität

Tickets/Reservation

15-18 Jun. 2021

Installation at the 2021 New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference | black box fading for human, sensor-augmented flute (Chaosflöte), and improvisation machine (AIYA)

Installation at the 2021 New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference | black box fading for human, sensor-augmented flute (Chaosflöte), and improvisation machine (AIYA)

21. Jun. - 16. Jul. 2021

FX Sonic Immersion Faculty Artist

4-week summer contemporary music intensive with Shanna Pranaitis, Matthias Ziegler, Anne La Berge, Camilla Hoitenga, Eric Lamb, Jane Rigler, Carla Rees, and Melody Chua.

Enrollment is by application only. Learn more at flutexpansions.com

FX Sonic Immersion Faculty Artist

4-week summer contemporary music intensive with Shanna Pranaitis, Matthias Ziegler, Anne La Berge, Camilla Hoitenga, Eric Lamb, Jane Rigler, Carla Rees, and Melody Chua.

Enrollment is by application only. Learn more at flutexpansions.com

26 Jun. 2021

KM 42: Queering Games // WORKSHOP // Digitale Welt – Digitale Plattformen verspielen

"Die künstlerischen Forscher*innen Laurent Jakimow, Melody Chua und Sebastiaan Cator stellen je eine digitale Plattform vor – wie beispielsweise Google Maps, Wikipedia, Zoom – und leiten uns an, diese spielerisch von ihrem Zweck zu entfremden.

Leitfragen: Wie kann man digitale Strukturen lesen und verstehen? Welche Möglichkeiten bieten sich diese zu durchkreuzen und welche Erkenntnisse werden dabei gewonnen?" - Kein Museum

KM 42: Queering Games // WORKSHOP // Digitale Welt – Digitale Plattformen verspielen

"Die künstlerischen Forscher*innen Laurent Jakimow, Melody Chua und Sebastiaan Cator stellen je eine digitale Plattform vor – wie beispielsweise Google Maps, Wikipedia, Zoom – und leiten uns an, diese spielerisch von ihrem Zweck zu entfremden.

Leitfragen: Wie kann man digitale Strukturen lesen und verstehen? Welche Möglichkeiten bieten sich diese zu durchkreuzen und welche Erkenntnisse werden dabei gewonnen?" - Kein Museum

9 Jul. 2021

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

"Meet the Expert": The Freedom of Speech of the Machine // Workshop

Improvisation machine workshop at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart

11:00-13:00

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

"Meet the Expert": The Freedom of Speech of the Machine // Workshop

Improvisation machine workshop at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart

11:00-13:00

9 Jul. 2021

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Freedom of Speech of the Machine I // Guest Artist Presentation: 

Guest artist presentation

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Freedom of Speech of the Machine I // Guest Artist Presentation: 

Guest artist presentation

17 Jul. 2021

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Freedom of Speech of the Machine III // Konzert

Live electronics concert with Chi Him Chik at Wagenhalle Stuttgart (Streamed)

1h

My Behavioural Surplus - The Freedom of Speech in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Freedom of Speech of the Machine III // Konzert

Live electronics concert with Chi Him Chik at Wagenhalle Stuttgart (Streamed)

1h

Jul. 2021

Artist Interview on Recordedness

"Recordedness is dedicated to questions related to documentation of sound and the act of recording.

What is the purpose of recording when we practice an art form that is placed in an ephemeral time? What is our relationship to materiality and what is the purpose of a materialization of sound? Is it a question of archiving, of leaving an imprint, a trace, such that the recording would only be an "objectified" or concretized means, a materialization to relate our sonic relationship to space and time? Or will the final material indicate and influence the sounds that will be fixed and crystallized? As for the material, why the choice of this or that format and not another? What is its influence on the work?

...The aim here is not to give definitive answers to these questions, nor to give voice to a critique from a single point of view. As Brunhild Ferrari says very well in her text The Microphone's Gaze (in Spectres n°1, Composing Listening), between the one who captures (makes) and the one who listens, there is a difference in the inner perception of the same object seen identically. Dialogue is the way to exchange and enrich each other. We wish here to dialogue and above all to give the voice directly to the artist, on her/his work, her/his thoughts and her/his intentions. Through dialogue, we wish to address different analytical approaches and perceptions, to question the process of creation, which seems to us to be just as important as the final result and would give us additional keys to understanding."

Artist Interview on Recordedness

"Recordedness is dedicated to questions related to documentation of sound and the act of recording.

What is the purpose of recording when we practice an art form that is placed in an ephemeral time? What is our relationship to materiality and what is the purpose of a materialization of sound? Is it a question of archiving, of leaving an imprint, a trace, such that the recording would only be an "objectified" or concretized means, a materialization to relate our sonic relationship to space and time? Or will the final material indicate and influence the sounds that will be fixed and crystallized? As for the material, why the choice of this or that format and not another? What is its influence on the work?

...The aim here is not to give definitive answers to these questions, nor to give voice to a critique from a single point of view. As Brunhild Ferrari says very well in her text The Microphone's Gaze (in Spectres n°1, Composing Listening), between the one who captures (makes) and the one who listens, there is a difference in the inner perception of the same object seen identically. Dialogue is the way to exchange and enrich each other. We wish here to dialogue and above all to give the voice directly to the artist, on her/his work, her/his thoughts and her/his intentions. Through dialogue, we wish to address different analytical approaches and perceptions, to question the process of creation, which seems to us to be just as important as the final result and would give us additional keys to understanding."

1 Sep. 2021

Music Video Release: "Get out of Me"

Commissioned for Max Petersen Trio's new album LiberA

"The forthcoming full-length release from German-Australian pianist / composer Max Petersen is titled LiberA. This fusion of the feminine and masculine aspects of the Roman god of freedom is very telling. It evokes the notion of pursuing freedoms: personal, civil, musical, and creative. It also speaks to an active engagement with the synthesis of apparent opposites: jazz / classical, synthetic / acoustic, formally restrictive / improvisationally unbound." - Lukasz Polowczyk

Music Video Release: "Get out of Me"

Commissioned for Max Petersen Trio's new album LiberA

"The forthcoming full-length release from German-Australian pianist / composer Max Petersen is titled LiberA. This fusion of the feminine and masculine aspects of the Roman god of freedom is very telling. It evokes the notion of pursuing freedoms: personal, civil, musical, and creative. It also speaks to an active engagement with the synthesis of apparent opposites: jazz / classical, synthetic / acoustic, formally restrictive / improvisationally unbound." - Lukasz Polowczyk

Sep. 2021 - June. 2022

Associate lecturer, Hochschule der Künste Bern

  • Klangwerkstatt: workshops developing performances with interactive electronics; in collaboration between the HKB Sound Arts department and flute studio
  • Game Performances: semester course on creating interactive, nonlinear systems in concert

Associate lecturer, Hochschule der Künste Bern

  • Klangwerkstatt: workshops developing performances with interactive electronics; in collaboration between the HKB Sound Arts department and flute studio
  • Game Performances: semester course on creating interactive, nonlinear systems in concert

7-10 Oct. 2021

La Côte Flute Festival

Chaosflöte full recital, interactive electronics, live visuals, ft. Jaira Peyer/Sounding Feet

"Movement. Machine. Freedom. is an interdisciplinary concert experience using live visual projections and live electroacoustic sounds, exploring our creative relationship with machines and movement. What brings us freedom in a performance? What takes it away? How does the relationship between freedom and restriction shape our interactions with each other? By playing with movement as an expressive medium for improvisation and working with the at-times unpredictable behavior of machine agents, sensor-augmented flutist Melody Chua and sensor-augmented dancer Jaira Peyer make translations between the human and machine performance language in order to challenge the human-machine and music-movement relationships in nuanced and powerful ways."

More information can be found here.

La Côte Flute Festival

Chaosflöte full recital, interactive electronics, live visuals, ft. Jaira Peyer/Sounding Feet

"Movement. Machine. Freedom. is an interdisciplinary concert experience using live visual projections and live electroacoustic sounds, exploring our creative relationship with machines and movement. What brings us freedom in a performance? What takes it away? How does the relationship between freedom and restriction shape our interactions with each other? By playing with movement as an expressive medium for improvisation and working with the at-times unpredictable behavior of machine agents, sensor-augmented flutist Melody Chua and sensor-augmented dancer Jaira Peyer make translations between the human and machine performance language in order to challenge the human-machine and music-movement relationships in nuanced and powerful ways."

More information can be found here.

21-22 Oct. 2021

Performance adaptation of black box fading for chaosflöte & improvisation machine

Performance adaptation of black box fading for chaosflöte & improvisation machine

23 Oct. 2021

marathon of experimental music/art, 100 performances, 3mins each, high-speed, let's go.

Location: Zitrone (Manegg)

marathon of experimental music/art, 100 performances, 3mins each, high-speed, let's go.

Location: Zitrone (Manegg)

13-14 Nov. 2021

360°/VR film showings of black box fading at the ZHdK Immersive Arts Space as part of the Refresh Festival

black box fading reflects Chua’s experience developing and working with a musical improvisation machine, and it can be seen as a transient imagination of this machine’s memories and dreams. This 22-min film in 360°/VR is composed out of a series of recorded improvisations made between the machine and Chua herself, as she experiences the machine as at times an external chamber music partner and at other times an extension of her own body.  Occupying the realm between concert documentation and narrative film, and between physical and virtual spaces, this work challenges shifting representations of orientation and disorientation, distance and intimacy, vulnerability, human-machine agency, and immersive (dis)embodiment.

360°/VR film showings of black box fading at the ZHdK Immersive Arts Space as part of the Refresh Festival

black box fading reflects Chua’s experience developing and working with a musical improvisation machine, and it can be seen as a transient imagination of this machine’s memories and dreams. This 22-min film in 360°/VR is composed out of a series of recorded improvisations made between the machine and Chua herself, as she experiences the machine as at times an external chamber music partner and at other times an extension of her own body.  Occupying the realm between concert documentation and narrative film, and between physical and virtual spaces, this work challenges shifting representations of orientation and disorientation, distance and intimacy, vulnerability, human-machine agency, and immersive (dis)embodiment.

7 Dec. 2021

Guest lecturer at the Immersive Arts Space series, "Immersion and Embodiment in Fine Arts, Design, Film, Performing Arts and Music."

Lecture: black box fading - (dis)embodiment in immersive machine improvisation

To attend the lectures, please register by sending an email to immersive.arts@zhdk.ch and state the date(s) of your choice.

Guest lecturer at the Immersive Arts Space series, "Immersion and Embodiment in Fine Arts, Design, Film, Performing Arts and Music."

Lecture: black box fading - (dis)embodiment in immersive machine improvisation

To attend the lectures, please register by sending an email to immersive.arts@zhdk.ch and state the date(s) of your choice.

11 Dec. 2021

World premiere of composition for Ensemble Decipher

keywords: sonic virtual presence/identity; surveillance; shifting perspectives; network glitch & latency as a compositional tools

World premiere of composition for Ensemble Decipher

keywords: sonic virtual presence/identity; surveillance; shifting perspectives; network glitch & latency as a compositional tools

22. Jan 2022

"Klangwerkstatt": Guest Artist Performance at the University of the Arts Bern (Bern, CH)

Guest artist performance of flute and interactive electronics at the University of the Arts Bern

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Feb. 2022

Music Video Release (Online)

Music video release for Max Petersen Trio's "No SM" as part of his new album LiberA-- stay tuned...

"The forthcoming full-length release from German-Australian pianist / composer Max Petersen is titled LiberA. This fusion of the feminine and masculine aspects of the Roman god of freedom is very telling. It evokes the notion of pursuing freedoms: personal, civil, musical, and creative. It also speaks to an active engagement with the synthesis of apparent opposites: jazz / classical, synthetic / acoustic, formally restrictive / improvisationally unbound." - Lukasz Polowczyk

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4-5 Feb. 2022

University of Chicago CHIME Festival (Chicago, USA)

Premieres and performances of compositions for flute and electronics, composed by Benjamin D. Whiting and Felipe Tovar-Henao.

Part of the 2022 CHIME Festival at the University of Chicago

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18. Feb. 2022

Performing Media Festival (South Bend, USA)

Featured Guest artist (Null-state), hybrid performance with sensor-augmented flute (Chaosflöte) and live coding

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Mar. 2022

Kein Museum - Queering Games Festival (Zürich, CH)

"Queering Games ist ein künstlerisches Forschungsprojekt mit dem Ziel, neue Formen für Kunstwerke, Ausstellungen und deren Rezeption zu finden. Der Titel ist Programm: In Anlehnung an die Queer Theory dient uns Spielen als Methode, gesellschaftliche (Spiel-)Regeln herauszufordern. Am Projektende präsentieren wir dem Publikum innerhalb eines Kunst-Game-Festivals digitale Ausstellungsformate, welche die Erkenntnisse aus dem Projekt interaktiv erfahrbar machen. Laufend weitere Informationen gibt es auf dem Queering Games Blog."

https://www.keinmuseum.ch/queering-game-blog

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24-26 Mar. 2022

CampGROUND Festival at Tampa & St. Petersburg (FL, USA)

"The Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP) will host its inaugural CAMPGround festival from 24–26 March in the vibrant downtown areas of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. CAMP seeks instrumentalists who will perform selected compositions and collaborate with 2022 CAMP performing artists and invited composers. Our featured performers in 2022 include Arda Cabaoglu, Melody Chua, Zachary Hale, Jamie Jordan, Eunmi Ko, Robert McCormick and the McCormick Percussion Group, Doug O’Connor, Carol Tsai, Sini Virtanen, and Katherine Weintraub."

https://contemporaryartmusicproject.org/

<<Further details coming soon>>

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7-9 April 2022

Kleintheatre Luzern (Luzern, CH)

Showing of 360° film  black box fading at the Kleintheatre Luzern.

black box fading reflects Chua’s experience developing and working with a musical improvisation machine, and it can be seen as a transient imagination of this machine’s memories and dreams. This 22-min film in 360°/VR is composed out of a series of recorded improvisations made between the machine and Chua herself, as she experiences the machine as at times an external chamber music partner and at other times an extension of her own body.  Occupying the realm between concert documentation and narrative film, and between physical and virtual spaces, this work challenges shifting representations of orientation and disorientation, distance and intimacy, vulnerability, human-machine agency, and immersive (dis)embodiment.

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