Sabrina Peña Young An intermedia composer, percussionist, author, and obsessive sci-fi buff, I create mind-bending electroacoustic works that have been heard throughout Australia, Asia, North America, and Europe in media festivals, radio, film, dance clubs, random boom boxes in France, and as not-so-pleasant background music.

Critics describe my music as “daunting,” “marvelously abstract,” and “robotic babbles.” Various multimedia works have been performed globally at venues such as the Beijing Conservatory, the International Computer Music Conference, Miramax’s Project Greenlight, the New York International Independent Film Festival, Art Basil Miami, Turkey’s Cinema for Peace, and Pulsefield International Exhibition of Sound Art.

The Creation
Recent projects include World Order #5, an apocalyptic tale about the decimation of the human race by a viral mutation written for the Kansas State University percussion ensemble, 3D animation, and electronic music, and the Creation, a CGI multimedia oratorio composed for the Millikin University Women’s Chorus and percussion ensemble.

The world premier of Creation will take place April 17th, 2010, at the Albert Taylor Theater in Decator, Illinois. Montana State University’s The Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble will be performing RE: The Destruction of Planet #61366 (Earth), a work written for unlimited computer laptops and PowerPoint.

Origins, a riveting album of cinematic soundscapes, pulsating rhythms and enigmatic vocals, was released on CD Baby and iTunes in 2008. Origins includes World Order #1, a pounding dance piece about nuclear war and Looking Glass, a nightmarish musical poem about the ravages of innocence lost. Other works on the album, such as Metamorph, Origins, and Valley of the Shadow, take the listener on a sonic journey to an imaginary audio landscape of forgotten memories, twisted vocals, and otherworldly electronica.

Before I had a passion for composition, I had a passion for writing. In 2009 I published The Feminine Musique: Multimedia and Women Today, available at The Feminine Musique traces the intersection of experimental music and new media through the works of innovative composers and artists who embraced social change, technology, and music to create compelling and sometimes controversial works. I have also written for the Kapralova Society Journal, Percussive Notes, Panpipes, the IAWM Music Journal, the SEAMUS Music Journal, and various fine arts websites.

In my limited spare time, I enjoy jamming on the congas, playing Rock Band II on my PS3, watching cheesy science fiction movies, composing on my iMac, and attempting to insert random Star Wars quotes into every conversation.

The Force is strong with this one…

As you may have guessed from her bio, Sabrina will be writing about all sorts of things here at! Her first post is tomorrow – “Get Your Groove On: Beat Basics”. Please welcome her to the site and the forums, and be sure to check back tomorrow for some fundamentals of rhythm and tempo!