Elaine Walker is a composer, electronic musician, mathematician, and author born in 1969. She wrote a physics/philosophy book, “Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity” (2016). She specializes in microtonal music, including founding ZIA, an all electronic band, and performing with D.D.T. She has performed with Number Sine.[1] She describes: "I compose microtonal music strictly by ear and leave it to others to analyze, so you won't find ratios or mathematics here."[2]


Raised in southern New Mexico "by two loving mathematicians, Elaine grew to love the desert in all of its glory and wide openness".[3] Her father was Dr. Elbert A. Walker.

Walker has a Music Synthesis Production degree from Berklee College of Music (1991) and a master's degree in Music Technology from New York University (2001).[1] In her Masters Thesis she developed a new kind of music compositional theory called "Chaos Melody Theory based on recursive chaos mathematics". She was a musical director for Pokémon with 4Kids Entertainment, and later GoGoRiki. Each summer she is Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for the NASA-Haughton-Mars Project. Her Martians video was recorded there in 2003 (commissioned by NASA) to promote the prospect of humans living on Mars.


Solo work

Walker had already released her debut studio album titled Blue Cartoon in 1989, before moving to work as ZIA.

Walker returned to solo work and self-released two studio albums, 2006's Martians and 2011's Drum 'n' Space. Walker released her second EP in 2018 titled Four-Momentum, which was followed a year later by her sixth album Trapezoid.[4]


She has composed using various equal temperaments, including the Bohlen–Pierce scale: Stick Men (1991), Love Song, and Greater Good (2011).[5] Other tunings include 10, 16, 17, 19 equal temperament and 20.

Elaine Walker's solo music includes many space or alien themed titles, including "Red Dreams", "Martian Nation", "Humans and Martian Machines", "The Tenth Planet", and Frontier Creatures.[6] She composed the theme to Yuri's Night.


OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1989–present
Past members
  • Rob Trainer
  • Elaine Walker

In 1991, she formed the band ZIA, named after the Zia sun symbol featured in the Flag of New Mexico.[3] In the early years ZIA has also performed with Emergency Broadcast Network, A Flock of Seagulls, and Marilyn Manson in the Boston area.

ZIA were an American industrial rock band based out of New York City. ZIA released six albums: Zia v1.2 (1992), Zia v1.5 (1994), Big Bang! (2000), Martians (2006), Drum 'n' Space (2011) and Trapezoid (2019)[7][8]

In 1989 Walker recorded her first song, titled "Waiting for the Winds (Woza Moya)", as ZIA and in 1989 released it on the Zulu Hits various artists compilation by Celluloid Records. She recorded Zia v1.2 in 1992 and brought in a band for Zia v1.5, her second release.[9] Fifth Colvmn Records released the EP Shem in 1996, and the composition "Space-Time" was released on the label's Echo compilation.[10][11] The album showcased her atonal composition technique with electronic music.[12]



Studio albums

Extended plays

Compilation appearances

See also


  1. ^ a b "Homepage", ZIASpace.com.
  2. ^ Reed, S. Alexander (2013). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199339624.
  3. ^ a b Elaine Walker", Discogs.com
  4. ^ Gourley, Bob (1993). "ZIA". Chaos Control. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Concerts". Bohlen-Pierce-Conference.org. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  6. ^ Luckman, Michael (2005). Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection, p.268. ISBN 9780743466738.
  7. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Zia". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  8. ^ A. Barton, Jacob (December 13, 2017). "A discussion With Elaine Walker". UnTwelve. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Zia: Shem > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  10. ^ Marburger, Lex (February 1, 1997). "Various artists: Echo". Lollipop Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Christian, Chris (April 1996). "Zia: Shem". Sonic Boom. 4 (3). Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Worley, Jon (March 18, 1996). "Zia: Shem EP". Aiding & Abetting (103). Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Various Artists: She: A Female Trip-Hop Experience > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "Bloc Party/Kele: Bloc Party Tapes > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.