Lydia Ayers is a Hong Kong-based composer who plays flutes from a variety of cultural
traditions. She has worked with extended vocal and woodwind techniques,
including quarter tones, multiphonics and other unusual flute timbres.
She is creating native American, Australian, Chinese and Indonesian computer
music designs. She has extensively researched and composed with microtonal
tuning systems, especially unlimited just intonation. She also uses a 75-tone
Indian/Partch scale on the “Woodstock Gamelan,” a tubular percussion instrument
built to her specifications by Woodstock Percussion. She has modeled the Woodstock
Gamelan and other gamelan instruments using Csound, and authored Cooking with
Csound: Woodwind and Brass Recipes, a CD-ROM package which gives synthesis
designs for wind instruments. She has played gamelan at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University.