Guang Yi Chua is a musician who believes in music’s ability to heal the mind and body. That being said, he is also a scientist. He is actively pursuing graduate study in an interdisciplinary field called music cognition, which combines theories of music, neuroscience, and psychology, among other fields, and hopes to one day make a difference in the lives of people suffering from memory and emotional disorders through validating and improving music therapy techniques through the scientific method.
Though he is from Singapore, he spent many of his formative years in New York. He graduated from the Waldorf School of Garden City in 2005 and served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 2005 to 2007. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 and greatly misses its community. He is currently a student at University of London’s Goldsmiths College pursuing his Master of Science in Music, Mind, and Brain.
Music, medicine, and caffeine are Guang Yi’s greatest loves in life, and the title “Classically Caffeinated Compositions” reflects all three of these. Here is how he came up with the title:
- He enjoys alliterations very much, and he knew he wanted that in the title.
- He loves classical music more than he could ever express in words. He also aims to give writing of the highest quality, and thus, this is the secondary meaning Classically in the title.
- Caffeinated refers to his love and need for that wonderful substance that exists in tea, coffee, espresso, and energy drinks. It is also an attribution to his interest and his past medical experiences; the association here is loose, but caffeine = stimulant, stimulant = drug, drug = medicine. He hope you followed that logic, because it made sense in his brain.
- Finally, Compositions is a tribute to all things written, be it music, poetry, or literature. Most of the pieces he writes here are his own compositions, and he hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he loves writing them.
He chose these words because as he went and looked through his previous entries, these are the items that he seemed to write about and that seemed to garner the most attention.
In this blog, Guang Yi does not exclusively talk about these three things, but also writes his thoughts, reflections, and sometimes, random pieces of fiction.