J. William Fulbright Scholar, Swiss Government
MA Transdisciplinary Studies
MA Concert Performance - Flute (Matthias Ziegler)
Vf ICST Research and Development: Sensor-augmented flute
Nf Electroacoustic Composition
Chancellor's Scholar, Bronze Tablet Scholar,
Summa cum laude
BM Flute Performance (Dr. Jonathan Keeble)
BA Music Technology
MELODY CHUA actively pushes the development of cross-disciplinary works by bringing together music performance, interactive programming, and immersive visual mediums into her own practice. Her current research focuses on the creative applications of “intelligent machines” in improvised performance and their impact on our perception of human vs. machine performance aesthetic.
Melody is the co-creator of the Chaosflöte, a sensor-augmented flute used in immersive, interdisciplinary performances. With it, she has given performances across the U.S. and Europe in a variety of settings: at festivals (eg. Zürich Digital Festival, ZKM Next Generation Festival, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, La Côte Flute Festival, Swiss Digital Day), arts and engineering universities (eg. University of South Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Zürich University of the Arts), and for various other audiences, including members of the Swiss Parliament, the ZHdK Advisory Board, among others. She completed an artist residency at the Timucua Arts Foundation, where she was the recipient of a New Music USA grant, in addition to being selected as a composer, performer, and scholar at the 2018 USF New Music Festival.
Melody’s work revolves around designing sounds and visuals in interactive formats, and she is interested in what intuitive, spontaneous creations can arise from them. Some of her activities included developing an interactive sound/visual installation for a 360-degree touchscreen as part of an artist residency at the ICST Immersive Lab, working as the lead developer for interactive sound at the ZHdK Immersive Arts Space’s pilot dance production, “Happy Robots,” (Mirror, Mirr0r) where she utilized two motion capture systems to generate sound in real time, and utilizing electronic, pressure-sensitive shoes (Daniel Bisig, Sounding Shoes) to create new interactive works for dancer and electronics -- among other projects.
A motivated educator, Melody has given lectures and presentations on interactive electroacoustic performance, studio recording techniques, improvisation, and music programming languages at various institutions including the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Zürich University of the Arts, Wayne State University, Eastern Florida State College, Melrose Center, and the Atlantic Music Festival.
Melody is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Null-state, Inc., a music technology organization and live-electronics ensemble, focused on the development of the sensor-augmented flute. She also enjoys her work as an IT Analyst at the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization.
Through her activities, Melody aims to bring together different artistic practices to create new forms of expression and performance.