Stephanie Cheng Smith is a composer, performer and programmer who creates interactive pieces, installations, improvisations and through-composed works. She often uses electronics, violin and light, and her latest explorations with motor arrays have been featured in the 2016 issue of Experimental Music Yearbook. Smith’s performances and residencies include Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM, Amsterdam), PACT Zollverein (Essen), liebig12 (Berlin), Re-New Digital Arts Festival (Copenhagen), EcoSono (Caribbean), Centre for the Living Arts (Mobile), Megapolis Arts Festival (Baltimore), and—in Los Angeles—Machine Project, LA Film Forum, REDCAT, and the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). She has also made appearances on webcasts such as EarMeal, Experimental Half-Hour and dublab. Smith frequently performs electronic music under the name Stephie’s Castle, is a member of networked music ensemble bitpanic, and has composed for and performed as a member of the Dog Star Orchestra. Serving on the wulf.’s Artistic Advisory Board, she also curates and produces experimental music concerts in the Los Angeles area.

She has studied composition at the University of Chicago with Kotoka Suzuki and earned an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, studying with Mark Trayle, Sara Roberts, and Ulrich Krieger.

She is currently focusing on: motors, programming, interface design, and human-computer interactions


Performing in Scott Benzel’s “Torcat Tiquacrat Mytics Ahtrae” at Acid Free. May 2018

Performing an amplified version of my bell controller at The MOCA Geffen Contemporary. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber. October 2017

Performing with bitpanic in “The Music of Mark Trayle” at REDCAT. December 2016

Performing with my bell controller at MorYork. Photo by Eron Rauch. June 2016

Performing in Mark Trayle's Phantom Rooms at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, CA.

Performing in Mark Trayle’s Phantom Rooms at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, CA.

Performing on Ear Meal’s 100th episode. Spring 2012, Los Angeles, CA.

Performing with Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir at Liebig12. Fall 2011, Berlin, Germany.