Elaine Walker (composer)

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Elaine Walker is a composer, electronic musician and author. She wrote a physics/philosophy book, “Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity” (2016). She specializes in microtonal music, including founding ZIA, an all electronic band, and performing with D.D.T. She has performed with Number Sine.[1] She describes: "I compose microtonal music strictly by ear and leave it to others to analyze, so you won't find ratios or mathematics here."[2]


Raised in southern New Mexico "by two loving mathematicians, Elaine grew to love the desert in all of its glory and wide openness".[3] Her father was Dr. Elbert A. Walker. In 1991, she formed the band ZIA, named after the Zia sun symbol featured in the Flag of New Mexico.[3]

In the early years ZIA has also performed with Emergency Broadcast Network, A Flock of Seagulls, and Marilyn Manson in the Boston area.

Walker has a Music Synthesis Production degree from Berklee College of Music (1991) and a master's degree in Music Technology from New York University (2001).[1] In her Masters Thesis she developed a new kind of music compositional theory called "Chaos Melody Theory based on recursive chaos mathematics". She was a musical director for Pokémon with 4Kids Entertainment, and later GoGoRiki. Each summer she is Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for the NASA-Haughton-Mars Project. Her Martians video was recorded there in 2003 (commissioned by NASA) to promote the prospect of humans living on Mars.

She has composed using various equal temperaments, including the Bohlen–Pierce scale: Stick Men (1991), Love Song, and Greater Good (2011).[4] Other tunings include 10, 16, 17, 19 equal temperament and 20.

Elaine Walker’s solo music includes many space or alien themed titles, including "Red Dreams", "Martian Nation", "Humans and Martian Machines", "The Tenth Planet", and Frontier Creatures. [5] She composed the theme to Yuri's Night.

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  1. ^ a b "Homepage", ZIASpace.com.
  2. ^ Reed, S. Alexander (2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199339624.
  3. ^ a b Elaine Walker", Discogs.com
  4. ^ "Concerts". Bohlen-Pierce-Conference.org. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  5. ^ Luckman, Michael (2005). Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection, p.268. ISBN 9780743466738.

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