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Wendy Suiter : Associate Artist

Wendy (aka Ceridwen) Suiter values collaboration and community. She believes art music should engage with the real world, rather than being separate from our every day lives. Art music provides a means to reflect on, and listen to, the creatures, ourselves, and the environment we inhabit.

Random Audio Sample: Sunflowers : flute trio by Wendy Suiter, from the CD From a bridge of dreams

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Wendy (aka Ceridwen) Suiter was born a Scorpio in 1954, south of the Yarra River, on Buon Warong land, in Victoria, Australia. She is currently residing in Australia.

Wendy uses her professional name Ceridwen Suiter primarily when she creates and performs her environmental audio and other computer music compositions.

Although she studied classical guitar throughout secondary school, and enjoyed playing with the consumer recording and playback equipment available in the 1960s, she went on to study economics and mathematics. This lead to research and policy work in women's services and later work in labour economics and financial management. However, in her mid-thirties she decided to follow her passion for music, through formal study of composition.

Her music has been performed live in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and regional Australia in a wide variety of settings, from art galleries and dedicated concert spaces, to cafes and outdoor performances. Her electronic music has featured in several festivals in Florida, California and New York, as well as in Australia.

Her professional achievements to date include a variety of soundscapes to accompany art exhibitions and installations, publication of a brass work Paul Keating by Redhouse Press, publication of other works by Wirripang, and the broadcast of her piano trio Carlin on ABC Classic FM. Her music has been included on recently released on CDs of Australian flute music, Australian chamber music, and Australian computer music.

Wendy Suiter was awarded the 2009 Fellowship of Australian Composers (FAC) Composition Prize for her electro-acoustic work the sea leaves ear-shells… and the 2002 Piano Trio Composition Prize (Adelaide) for Carlin.

As a community musician, Wendy Suiter has been musical director of POW Circus, Melbourne, and composer in residence at the Jika Jika Community Centre, Melbourne; the National Rural Women's Network, Canberra; and regular workshop presenter at the Darebin Music Feast where participants have played her music especially composed for the Federation HandBells.

After majoring in instrumental and electronic music composition at La Trobe University, she completed her Honours year in acoustic music composition at Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide. She has gained an MCA-R from University of Wollongong with specialising in vocal music for performance in both human acoustic and computer music domains.

Finally, a PhD from Australian National University. Wendy's thesis research concerns using fuzzy logic principles to explore the compositional influences on how avant-garde music makes sense to listeners, across both instrumental and computer music. Her research has been presented at both national and international conferences and included in academic publications.

Wendy Suiter is primarily concerned with the development of algorithms to effectively highlight the timbral qualities of instruments and sampled sounds as primary compositional elements. She has been influenced by the intellectual rigour of both counterpoint and serial techniques, but is searching for a way to include the passion of the Romantics through the use of 'grand gesture' and richness of timbre, register, and texture, as key elements of expression.

Wendy Suiter — current to August 2020