Hi! My name is Elena. I am a music technology PhD student and researcher at New York University's Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL). Before coming to NYU, I taught sound recording at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), where I received my M.A. degree in 2019. So far in my research, I have worked on projects related to hit song science, sound recording, vocal expression, computer music, and EEG. I have presented my work at the annual ISMIR, ICML, and NIME conferences, at Stanford, Berkeley, and NYU, as well as at several tech companies. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in Cognitive Science. As of 2021, I live in New York City and regularly pay visits to the Silicon Valley-- my hometown.
As a musician, I am a singer and vocal percussionist for serveral contemporary vocal groups; currently I perform with Mezzo NYC . I also frequently work on experimental computer music, most notably contributing to "The Furies," with the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).
Finally, I work on music as an audio engineer/ producer, and I am most known for my work on vocal music. I have studied with four grammy-winning engineers and my work has been nominated for several awards by the Contemporary A Cappella Society.
I am interested in startups in the music tech area. I've been doing some audio engineering work designing audio filters for Droplet, and I am currently an advisor for MiSynth.
On an unrelated note, I really like the beach and have made a Google My Map tracking my goal to visit every beach in Northern California: NorCal Beaches. Enjoy!