CCRMA presents Amma Ateria: CONCUSSSSION

Date and Time
Thursday March 2nd, 2023
7:30 - 8:30pm
CCRMA Stage, The Knoll
About this event

CCRMA presents a live performance of 
CONCUSSSSION by Amma Ateria.

"CONCUSSSSION" is an on-going sonic project that originates from an impact to the orbital and frontal bone. Sonic movements continue to develop over the course of my recovery since June 2021. Utilizing low-frequency binaural beats, brainwave entrainment, equal-loudness contour, and time shifts as focal point and sound palette, this work takes the forms of sound compositions, recordings, visual scores, performances, and time-based generated projections as documents that track the changes of my neurological responses to DELTA, THETA, ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA waves. How does one’s process of recovery from trauma in the present moment shift the effects of past / present stress, oppression, dislocation, and collective trauma?

Amma Ateria is an electroacoustic composer and sound artist, born in Hong Kong and working in San Francisco and New York City. Her work explores themes in coexistence of polarity, psychoacoustics in binaural beats, and equal-loudness contour. With immediacy of tension / release, she navigates between oppositions, transforming deafening noise into a meditative stance. Through cross-modal synesthetic influences from the contemporary moment, notions of externalizing resonances act in forms of questioning boundaries via the sonic spectrum. Her compositions, developed during concussion recovery, utilize brainwave entrainment, time shifts, and changes of neurological responses to DELTA, THETA, ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA waves as materials and focal point. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, polyrhythmic occurrences, out-of-body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, and distorted speech.

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, Julie Tolentino, Stephanie Mei Huang, Kim Ip, and others; and was opening support for Franck Vigroux, Tim Hecker, Maggi Payne, and Carl Stone.

Since her studies at Mills College in music composition with specialization in electronic music, audio engineering, and media technology, her work has been presented in installation, performances, and artist-in-residence at SoART (2013, Austria), Titanik Gallery (2014, Finland), The Stone (2016, NYC), BAMPFA (2017, Berkeley), The Exploratorium (2018, San Francisco), Marfa Sounding: Tarek Atoui (2018, Marfa), CCRMA (2018, Stanford University), Cinematheque (2019, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco), Minnesota Street Project (2019, San Francisco), Other Minds: Latitudes (2019, San Francisco), Recombinant "Clouds of Confoundment" (2020), Cone Shape Top: Cicada Series (2021), MAK Center / Schindler House (2021), Fort Mason Arts & Culture (2021, San Francisco), Gray Area (2022, San Francisco), Pioneer Works (2022, NYC), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (2022, San Francisco), Elsewhere Hall (2022, NYC), and GAIDA Festival (2022, Lithuania).

Admission Information

  • Free admission
  • Livestreaming at CCRMA Live
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended. We encourage you to continue wearing masks for the comfort of our audience members, artists, and staff. For more information please visit CCRMA's COVID-19 Policies.
Event Sponsor
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Department of Music