Amma Ateria is Jeanie Aprille Tang, an electroacoustic composer, improviser, and sound artist born in Hong Kong, based in California. Her work explores themes in the coexistence of polar opposites, polyrhythmic occurrences in musique concrète, and psychoacoustics with focus in displaying equal-loudness contour in the sonic spectrum. With an immediacy of tension and release, her performances aims to navigate between oppositions from one end to another through inversions of stark transitions in pursuit of a coexistence of polarity. Her research is focused in the delta between objective / subjective perceptions of sound pressure level through velocity simulation, noise colours in electronic synthesis, and behavioral assignments with multi-channel speaker systems. Her compositions consist reimagined simulation of sonic environments, and a linear progression in orchestration to redefine entanglements of noise into meditative stance. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged aircrafts, inaudible conversations, out of body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, synthesized speed in air with various colours of noise, and distorted speech/lost voice as melodic element.
For 2019, Amma Ateria has released Vague Pure Affection on Bimodal Press, ENDE and The Flowers Die in Burning Fire with IMA on Buh Records, and soundtrack Imaging: Life Continued for a film program by SF Cinematheque. She studied with Maggi Payne and Fred Frith, performed with Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Tarek Atoui, Paul Clipson, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, Brian Chase, Nava Dunkelman, Matmos, Pauchi Sasaki, John Zorn, and others. Since her studies at Mills College in music composition, audio engineering, and media technology, her work has been presented in installation, performances, and 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), Marfa Sounding: Tarek Atoui, Marfa (2018),
CCRMA, Stanford University (2018), YBCA, SF (2019), REEL by Paul Clipson @ Minnesota Street Project (2019).