Ezra Buchla is a musician/technologist from Los Angeles who uses viola, voice, and software. He fronted the avant-pop-core band Mae Shi from 2003-2006, played in the band Gowns from 2005-2010, and now performs solo work that deals in folk tonality, indeterminacy, dense psychedelic song, and electronic formalism. He also collaborates and performs with many artists, including clipping., Chelsea Wolfe, Andre Vida, Father Murphy, and Claire Cronin. Ezra also develops music software and firmware, recently creating the framework for the open-source ‘aleph’ sound processor by monome. COMPRESSIONOFTHECHESTCAVITYMIRACLE is an ongoing performance persona inspired by the writings of Daniel Paul Schreber and incubated in the Bay Area noise scene of the mid-2000s. Gesture- and sound-inducing narratives collide with software-induced limitations via nonlinear functional mappings in time and harmonic space, resulting in a spectrum of shifting tensions between intimate somatic texture, crystalline tonality, abrasion and emptiness.