Chelsea began her masters’ degree in Music technology at Florida International University in January of 2011. This opened her world to the history of electronic music composers and led to her first algorithmic compositions using Max/MSP. She graduated with her Masters’ degree in April 2014; her thesis focused on the history of the vocoder, Max/MSP programming, the concept of concentrated listening and the effect of music on the mind, and the basics of modular synthesis. The final composition that resulted from her thesis research consists of vocoded recordings of Buddhist poetry, chants and recordings of modular drones.
Because of her desire to build her own synthesizer, she was a recipient of the Presidents’ Innovation Award to attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention in Anaheim, California in January of 2013. It was at NAMM where she first discovered the Eurorack format of modular synthesis. She began building her own custom Eurorack in the summer of 2013, during her graduate internship with 4MS Company in Portland, Oregon.
She began her PhD in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2014 and will be formally awarded her PhD in 2020. While doing her PhD research, she performed in London, the UK and throughout Europe, including events in Slovenia, Sweden, Paris, Hamburg and Berlin. Her thesis is titled: “A Portfolio of Compositions Exploring Modular Synthesis in Electronic Music.” She also established the CV Freqs “modular meet” concert events in London during her PhD, which she now continues as an informal podcast and continue to grow the CV Freqs label.
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