Melissa Grey collaborates with artists, architectural designers, creative technologists, musicians, and other composers. Recently, she has composed for Tom Piercy, ETHEL, Miolina, and The Occasional Noise Trio (Derin Oge, Cesare Papetti, William Lang). She has created kinetic scores based on combinatorial memory wheels: blur (after blue hour) for Payton MacDonald’s Sonic Divide project and Volvelle for the Bowers-Fader Duo. Grey's Environnement sonore, composed with the modular synth benjolin, was broadcast in the gallery space for the exhibition curated by artist Angela Grauerholz, Michèle Lemieux | The Whole and Its Parts, From drawing to animated films, exhibited at the Centre de design, Université du Québec à Montréal September-November 2016.

With artist and animator Nicole Antebi, she has ongoing animation-sound projects that include live performance and processing with Grey performing a vintage Merlin music machine: Procrustean Bed, composed for violinist Lynn Bechtold, premiered at the 2016 New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization Festival in San Diego, and later performed by Miolina violin duo (Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold) at the National Opera Center (2017, NYC) and by Lynn Bechtold at the Ars Electronica Show at La Cupula Gallery (2017, Córdoba, Argentina); and Magic Square, a triple collaborative effort, features new music by synthpop pioneer, Vince Clarke, and premiered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum (2016, Brooklyn, New York).

Grey has received awards and funding from Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, American Music Center, Composer Assistance Program, and ASCAPlus Awards, Concert Music Division.

Grey has taught Sound Studies at the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City since 2009. She is a Board Member of Miolina, the violin duo of Lynn Bechtold and Mioi Takeda. Previous positions include: Associate Director of Composers Concordance 2015 - 2018 and Artistic Director of Circuit Bridges, a monthly electroacoustic concert series in New York City at Gallery MC and around the world from 2014 - 2015.


In January 2016, with David Morneau, she established l'Artiste ordinaire [l'Ao]. l'Artiste ordinaire creates and shares transformative aesthetic experiences that are rooted in sound and stretch out to include performance, art, design, architecture, and potential literature. A collaborative partnership between Melissa Grey & David Morneau, l’Artiste ordinaire builds expansive projects that allow them to collaborate and connect with musicians, artists, engineers, scientists, creative technologists, and designers. To learn more

l'Artiste ordinaire Residencies
- 2018 Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts, College of Arts and Media, School of Music, Marshall University, WV
- 2018 Toy Piano Pioneer Resident Artists at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg, FL

l'Artiste ordinaire Publications

Clark Wessel, E., Ross, S., Vaughn, Dobel, H. (Eds.) Circumference Journal. “Gadget Berry Dimple by l’Artiste ordinaire.” Fall 2016.

Cheetham-Richard, R., Churchman, L., Grey, M., Morneau, D., & Rose, D. (2017). The Photon Ecstasy Songbook. Pure Theory Publishing. Chestnut Hill, PA.

l'Artiste ordinaire Commission

Photon Ecstasy (HD 7924): commissioned by the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania for Arbitrary Pleasures: Plaisirs Arbitraires

New York Arts wrote that with repeated listenings "there’s more to be moved and impressed by, to learn from [Photon Ecstasy]." Their first collaboration, Gadget Berry Dimple: A Glossary of False Translation (benjolin, Merlin, spoken word), was performed for Hans Tammen’s 100th Anniversary of Dada at Spectrum NYC and has been published by Circumference journal, which supports poetry in translation.

Soft Series has featured Craig Hultgren, thingNY / Varispeed, Miolina, Elizabeth A. Baker, The Bowers-Fader Duo, Nicole Antebi, The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes, Eve Beglarian. Soft Series has been live-streamed and archived by Clocktower Radio.

 photo: Marc Fiaux