After majoring in instrumental and electronic music composition at La Trobe University, I completed my Honours year at Elder Conservatorium of Music, followed by a Master of Creative Arts (Research) from the University of Wollongong. I also hold degrees in economics and mathematics. I am currently working towards a PhD by making the first practical application of fuzzy logic to the analysis of avant-garde music. I was awarded the 2009 Fellowship of Australian Composers Postgraduate Composition Prize for my electro-acoustic work “the sea leaves ear-shells…”.
Wendy’s music is primarily concerned with the timbral qualities of instruments and sampled sounds. My research is about modelling creativity through applying Fuzzy Logic principles to compositional decision-making algorithms, to produce expressive music from found sounds.
Professional achievements to date include the soundscapes to accompany art exhibitions, publication of my music by Redhouse Press and Publications by Wirripang, and the broadcast on ABC Classic FM of her piano trio Carlin following its performance at Parliament House, Victoria in 2003. Carlin was the winner of the inaugural Adelaide Piano Trio Competition in 2002. This and other music is available on CDs of Australian flute music, Australian chamber music, and Australian computer music.
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, and regular workshop presenter at the Darebin Music Feast and other music festivals, where participants played my music specially composed for the Federation Bells.
Wendy’s work has been performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, regional Australia and the USA, in a wide variety of settings from art galleries, dedicated concert spaces, to cafes and outdoor performances.
Wendy composes and presents her computer music using her professional name Ceridwen Suiter.