bio
the journey

Melody Chua (b. 1994) is a pioneering force her generation in the development of interdisciplinary performances with new technologies. Her portfolio includes works with 360° touchscreens, 360° videos, Ambisonics, motion capture systems, live-coding, pressure-sensitive shoes, real-time projection visuals, and sensor-augmented instruments, while at the same time reflecting critically on the multifaceted issues surrounding human-machine interactions. Her current research at the Zürich University of the Arts focuses on the development of an improvisation machine (AIYA) that takes inputs from a sensor-augmented flute (Chaosflöte), and she examines the human-machine relationships, shifting posthuman identities, and forms of agency that manifest within performances with this machine. The aesthetics of her work gravitate towards immersive futuristic fictions, oftentimes with undertones of nostalgia and introspection, pulling audiences into intimate worlds.

Awarded a Fulbright-Swiss Government Excellence grant for the development of the Chaosflöte, Melody's performance works have been selected by various prestigious festivals and conferences, including the Zürich Digital Festival, Zürich Design Biennale, New Interfaces for Music Expression (NIME) Conference, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) Next Generation Festival, Geneva International Film Festival, Network Music Festival, La Côte Flute Festival, Swiss Digital Day, PAM-Hörmal Festival, Immerse: Creative City Project, and the USF New Music Festival. She has also had engagements at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zürich (artist residency), Immersive Arts Space Zürich (diploma residency), University of South Florida (artist residency), Atlantic Festival Future Music Lab (fellowship), Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (as a performer), Performing Media Festival (as a featured guest artist). Kein Museum (solo installation exhibition), and the Timucua Arts Foundation (artist residency), among others. As an educator, Melody has given lectures on electroacoustic music, improvisation, and interactive music programming at institutions such as the Zurich University of the Arts, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Wayne State University, The Melrose Center, and the Atlantic Music Festival.  She has studied classical and contemporary flute under Matthias Ziegler, Dr. Jonathan Keeble, and Shanna Pranaitis.

Melody is the co-founder and co-executive director of Null-state, a non-profit organization and performance ensemble committed to advancing the development of sensor-augmented instruments, live coding, and electroacoustic music education.

education

2016-present: Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies
Master of Arts in Music Performance (Studio of Matthias Ziegler), concentrations in electroacoustic composition and sensor-augmented instrument research at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology

>J. William Fulbright Scholar, Swiss Government Excellence Scholar

2012-2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance (Studio of Dr. Jonathan Keeble)
Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology

>Chancellor's Scholar, Bronze Tablet Scholar, summa cum laude

portfolio

overview of current practice and artistic output:

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archive

list of all past concerts/news/events, etc:

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>AIYA (2)

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>classical piano (8)

>classical flute (17)

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>contemporary flute (8)

>live coding (4)

>installations (3)

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>improvisation (5)

>electroacoustic composition (4)

>video gaming (22)

>max/MSP/Jitter (5)

>supercollider (5)

>touchdesigner (1)

>it analyst (2)

>chaosflöte (4)

>motion capture (2)

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