ANDREA YOUNG is a composer-performer specializing in experimental voice and live electronics. In her work, she uses an amplified, processed and resynthesized voice, in all its combinations and permutations, as well as a repurposed, sound-controlling voice enabled through feature extraction. While her work relies on digital innovation, her musical output relies on the integration of her digital voice interface with analogue and re-purposed electronic media.
She has been performing internationally in her duo YOUNG/DAY at Espace Senghor, Belgium, at The Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, with Shackle for SASSAS in Los Angeles, at Splendor in Amsterdam, and at the Ex Stock Exchange for ICMC 2014, Athens. As a soloist she has performed original works at Gallerie Sans Nom for the LeHum new music series in Moncton, New Brunswick, premiering composer Daniel Brandes' through the window and the wood at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC, and performing at La Sala Rosa during Innovations en Concert in Montreal. Her research of vocal feature extraction and implementation of the voice as a live electronics interface has been published in The Leonardo Music Journal #24. On behalf of The Canada Council for the Arts, Andrea will be residing in Berlin during the Fall of 2014 to complete a series of compositions based on voice resynthesis techniques, and studying digital synthesis and analysis techniques with Pete Johnston in London, UK.
Commissions and performances have involved Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Laude, Ensemble Sisyphe, Série Musique Expérimentale, Innovations en Concert, The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Tomorrow Collective. Andrea has premiered new works in Los Angeles, Vancouver, at the Casino Baumgarten in Vienna, Austria, Het Muziekgebouw aan ‘T IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, and REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre), Los Angles. In 2008, Andrea began the VOICE/wire series: a collection of new works for voice and electronics which feature her own compositions alongside the works of composers such as Agostino di Scipio (IT), Hector Bravo Benard (NL/MX), and André Cormier (CA). This collection also included historical works for voice and tape such as Luigi Nono's La Fabricca Illuminata and was performed in Victoria, Vancouver and Montreal, Canada. Her work has been enabled by several awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and The Herb Alpert School of Music between 2008 and 2014.
Studies in Vocal Performance and Composition at The University of Victoria, 2001, focused on twentieth century vocal repertoire and compositional practices. A Masters Degree of Music in Sonology from The Royal Conservatory, Netherlands, in 2007, culminated with a thesis on rhythm in electronic music. She completed a DMA from The California Institute of the Arts in May 2014 where the focus of her research and composition centred on vocal feature extraction and voice-controlled live electronics.
In November, 2014, my article The Voice-Index and Digital Voice Interface was published in The Leonardo Music Journal Volume #24.
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ABSTRACT: The concept of a voice-index is discussed as a means of creating a live digital voice. Vocal feature extraction employs the voice as a live electronic interface, referenced in the author’s performative work.
YOUNG/DAY + TEHIS
International Computer Music Conference
Ex Stock Exchange, Athens Greece, Sept.16 2014
EXO/ENDO: voice-infused noise machines
May 11 2014, The Lund, CalArts
DMA Final composition and performance - see more
Andrea Young – with Michael Day, Braden Diotte, Derek Stein, Sara Sinclair, Sharon Kim, Kirsten Hovland and Emery Martin
REDCAT, Los Angeles
February 8, 2015
Performance of Six Songs on Poems by T.S. Eliot
Canada Council for the Arts Long-Term Grant
Composition and Research