AMMA ATERIA [Jeanie Aprille Tang] is a sound artist, electroacoustic composer, and improviser, born in Hong Kong, based in California. Her practice in sound examines the coexistence of polarity in the sonic spectrum. With an immediacy of tension and release through linear progressions and spatialization in space, her performance consist an intention to expand the physicality in the human experience. Her improvisation is navigated by cross-modal synesthetic influences from the contemporary moment. Thus the movements in sound expose her body’s visceral resonance in polar opposites, examining boundaries and brinks of sonic breakage via saturated transitions of stark polarities. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, inaudible conversations, out of body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, synthesized speed of air with various colours of noise, and distorted speech/lost voice as melodic element.
She studied with Maggi Payne and Fred Frith, performed with Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Tarek Atoui, Paul Clipson, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, Brian Chase, Matmos, Pauchi Sasaki, John Zorn, and many others. For 2019, Amma Ateria has released Vague Pure Affection on Bimodal Press, and ENDE with IMA on Buh Records. 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, Austria (2013), Titanik Gallery, Finland (2014), The Stone, New York (2016), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, San Francisco (2016), BAMPFA, Berkeley (2017), Exploratorium, San Francisco (2018), and Marfa Sounding: Tarek Atoui, Marfa (2018), CCRMA, Stanford University (2018), YBCA, SF (2019).