ANDREA YOUNG is a performer, composer and teacher holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts specializing in performance with live-electronics, live vocal feature extraction and data-driven, voice-controlled electronics. Committed to combining music technology, composition and voice science, her internationally published articles contribute to live musical performance, innovative digital signal processing and vocal feature extraction techniques. Her artistic aesthetic contributes to the science of sound through composition, the musicality of sonification and physicality of sound. Fifteen years experience specializing in Kyma.


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 and data-driven live electronics. 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.

Upcoming performances include a Canadian tour of EXO/ENDO, Andrea's composition for voice-controlled electronics, prepared turntable, electric bass, cello and visual projections, as well as developing new works with Italian composer Federico Placidi that investigate simultaneous, voice-controlled Buchla and Kyma, enabling live, data-driven sound in the digital and analogue domain. 

Andrea's research of vocal feature extraction and implementation of the voice as a live electronics interface has been published in The Leonardo Music Journal #24 while recent articles present perspectives on voice, sonification, perception and creative applications. On behalf of The Canada Council for the Arts, Andrea received a long-term grant to reside in Berlin and London in 2014-15 completing a series of compositions based on voice resynthesis techniques and researching digital synthesis and analysis techniques with Pete Johnston. Previous research on rhythm in electronic music was published in 2010 by Éditions Musique Sisyphe.

As a soloist she has performed original works at La Sala Rosa during Innovations en Concert in Montreal, the Casino Baumgarten in Vienna, Austria, Het Muziekgebouw aan ‘T IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre), Los Angles, Gallerie Sans Nom for the LeHum new music series in Moncton, New Brunswick, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC. With her duo YOUNG/DAY, she has performed original works at the Ex Stock Exchange for ICMC 2014, Athens, Espace Senghor, Belgium, The Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, with Shackle for SASSAS in Los Angeles, and at Splendor in Amsterdam. Her creative work, travel and study 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 2015. 

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.

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.


NOV. 2015: ROME, Italy

Residency and Performance with Federico Placidi for preparation of:Voice-Controlled Buchla and Kyma

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Performance of Braden Diotte's General Manifest

October 16, 2015 – Space4Art San Diego. Performance with Braden Diotte, Michael Day, Jenica Anderson, Betsy Rettig, Andrea Young

October 17, 2015 – Automata Gallery, Los Angeles. Performance with Braden Diotte, Michael Day, Jenica Anderson, Kathleen Maressa, Andrea Young


August 31–September 1, 2015

EXO/ENDO recorded by John Baffa at the Brotheryn Studios in Ojai California. With Michael Day, Braden Diotte, Derek Stein and Sharon Kim.




August 14 10:30pm

Solo performance, opening for White Boy Scream: TAPE RELEASE


June 27, MorYork, Los Angeles

Conversations vol.5 by André Cormier

Subtilitas by Andrea Young

3D Additivist Manifesto: sound design for Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari's open call for the creation of The 3D Additivist Cookbook

World Premiere: TRANSFER, Brooklyn, New York, April 16 , 2015

"Current debate rages around the naming of The Anthropocene, the evolution of intelligent machines, and the contradictions inherent in material critiques of our technocapitalist civilisation.The 3D Printer is a metaphor for these weirdest of times: a technology with the capacity to channel creative endeavour through digital processes into the reformation of raw matter. We propose #Additivism as a new movement in technological and artistic activism that contends with these concerns.

The 3D Additivist Manifesto + Cookbook is a project that blurs the boundaries between art, engineering, science fiction, and digital aesthetics. The Manifesto is produced by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke in a form of a text and a video with sound design by Andrea Young. It calls for you - artists, activists, designers, scientists, and critical engineers - to accelerate the 3D printer and other Additivist technologies to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird." 


Canada Council for the Arts: Composition and Research



Berlin/London, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Compositional studies and experiments found within the voice resynthesis process and technical documentation of Pete Johnston's synthesis techniques.

Developmental period for the creation of "The Voice-Index".


Leonardo Music Jounal #24

In November, 2014, my article The Voice-Index and Digital Voice Interface was published in The Leonardo Music Journal Volume #24. 

See the website:

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. More info on other publications...

Kyma International Sound Symposium

Musikhochschule, Lübeck, Germany, Sept.25-28, 2014

EXO/ENDO [chant smash] - watch the video





Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Sept.21 2014

YOUNG/DAY + Shackle


Athens, Greece 

Sept.19 2014


Ex Stock Exchange

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC)

Athens, Greece

Sept.16 2014



Public presentation on previous research and vocal processing techniques (including voice-controlled Buchla) as well as presenting compositions that use these techniques.

MARCH 9 2016




Moncton, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria