Stephanie Cheng Smith

Stephanie Cheng Smith is a composer, performer and programmer who creates interactive pieces, installations, improvisations and through-composed works.

Stephanie 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. 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. She also curates and produces experimental music concerts in the Los Angeles area.

Smith’s explorations with motor arrays have been featured in the latest issue of Experimental Music Yearbook. Her performances and residencies include Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM, Amsterdam), PACT Zollverein (Essen), liebig12 (Berlin), Re-New Digital Arts Festival (Copenhagen), as well as Machine Project, LA Film Forum, REDCAT, and the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) in Los Angeles. She currently teaches interactive programming at CalArts and works as a web developer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This year at Loop, Stephanie will participate in the Physical Instruments discussion with Dan Moses where she will demonstrate her bell controller.

Stephanie Cheng Smith


Astrid Bin, Dan Moses, Peter Kirn, Stephanie Cheng Smith

Touch, Code, Play: creating hybrid physical-digital music instruments