Elaine Cheng : Part of the Edinburgh Southside Collective

Elaine Cheng

Elaine Cheng


Elaine Cheng (she/her) is a composer/sound artist from Edinburgh, Scotland and from Hong Kong descent. Her practice is currently based around producing drone music from analog and modular synthesisers and has come from a compositional background in electroacoustic music. She has recently completed the Creative Practice Masters at Goldsmiths, University of London, under the supervision of Dr. Iris Garrelfs. In her debut album, Instead of Dreams (2021), she explores compositional techniques in drone and takes inspiration from her choral training in early music.

Prior to this, Elaine has studied Music at Newcastle University and Musikwissenschaft at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin where she fostered her interest in working in sound. Her final compositional project at Newcastle, Happy Accidents (2015), was composed from field recordings she took in Berlin and Newcastle as well as a collaboration with fellow singer and experimental artist, Meena Daneshyar.

Elaine has exhibited sonic artwork in the Culture Lab, Square One and Occasion Festival in Newcastle, as well as at Trinity Apse in the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF). In 2017, she was nominated for an award for her work, Happy Accidents, at the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival.