Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (2016- present)

J. William Fulbright Scholar, Swiss Government

Excellence Scholar

MA Transdisciplinary Studies

MA Concert Performance - Flute (Matthias Ziegler

Vf ICST Research and Development: Sensor-augmented flute

Nf Electroacoustic Composition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2016)

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. 

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. She eagerly experiments with different technologies and human-computer interactions. Some of her works have included developing an interactive sound/visual installation for a 360-degree touchscreen as part of an artist residency at the ICST Immersive Labworking with two motion capture systems to generate interactive sound in a dance performance (ZHdK Immersive Arts Space), and utilizing electronic, pressure-sensitive shoes (Daniel Bisig, Sounding Feet) to create new interactive works for dancer and electronics -- among other projects. Her recent work for pressure-sensitive shoes, Next Step, was premiered at Refresh #2 as part of the 2019 Zürich Digital Festival.

 

Melody is the co-creator of the Chaosflöte, a sensor-augmented flute used in immersive, interdisciplinary performances. She has composed and premiered several works for the Chaosflöte  across the U.S. and Europe (e.g. Zürich Digital FestivalZKM Next Generation FestivalMontreal Contemporary Music LabLa Côte Flute Festival, Swiss Digital Day, USF New Music FestivalEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityZürich University of the Arts, for members of the Swiss Parliament, among others). She is a recipient of a Fulbright/Swiss Excellence scholarshipNew Music USA grant, among others, and has completed fellowships and residencies at the Atlantic Music Festival (Future Music Lab), Timucua Arts Foundation, and University of South Florida. Upcoming engagements include premieres at the Kein Museum (solo exhibition), 2021 Performing Media Festival (featured guest artist), and the 2021 La Côte Flute Festival (performing artist).

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.

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