AMMA ATERIA is an electro-acoustic composer, improviser + sound artist born in Hong Kong, based in California. Her practice in sound exposes her body’s visceral resonance in polar opposites, examining the boundaries and brinks of breakage in the sonic spectrum via saturated transitions of stark polarities. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to sounds of close-ranged airplanes, inaudible conversations, out of body experiences widened with sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, and distorted speech/lost voice as melodic element.
A former student of behavioral science, her improvisations consists of cross-modal synesthetic influences from the contemporary moment. Her installation and composition works examines the synopsis, identity assignments, and geometric perspectives from the bodies in the English novella ‘Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions’ by Edwin A. Abbot, the sounds of accumulated pressure from silence and invisibility, released via sounds of modulated broken glass and light-sensor circuitry.
Since her studies at Mills College in music composition, audio engineering, and media technology, her work has been presented in installation and performance as artist-in-residence at SoART Millstättersee, Austria in 2013, Titanik Gallery, Finland in 2014, The Stone, New York in 2016, and BAMPFA, California in 2017.