About Me

Hi! My name is Elena, I am a Masters student at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) studying Music, Science, and Technology.

As a researcher, I study music information retrieval (MIR) and music cognition. So far at Stanford, I am working on projects with the Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) and Dr. Takako Fujioka's Neuromusic lab.

As a musician, I am actively creating computer music in the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk), directed by Dr. Ge Wang, and singing and arranging music for Stanford's all-female a cappella group Counterpoint. I am also a recording engineer/producer, specializing in vocal music.

I graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and minors in mathematics and musicology. During my time at UCLA, I did memory research with Dr. Bjork in the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab, studied Balkan music with Tzvetanka Varimezov, directed YOUTHphonics A Cappella, and served as vice-president of Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority.

Enjoy this demo of a music visualizer I recently built, synched to the song "Side Effects" by The Chainsmokers!
Feel free to read more about it under 'Research'.

Read about my machine learning project on Predicting Billboard Hits Using Spotify Data .


December 2018

I presented a poster at the Stanford Machine Learning poster session. Read about my group's work on Predicting Hit Songs Using Spotify Data.

August 2018

Exciting news! I will be presenting my first research paper at this year’s International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference in Paris, France. I have been selected as a recipient of the Women in MIR grant, and will be presenting a poster at that session as well. See you at ISMIR!

June 2018

This summer, I will be interning at Universal Audio, working on a machine learning project involving tempo and meter analysis.

March 2018

This winter I studied more signal processing, created some computer music using ChucK, and learned to record and produce music in Logic using the CCRMA recording studio. A few of my computer music tracks can be found on My SoundCloud. I was also excited to be selected as a recipient of the Stanford Jazz Consortium's McMordie Scholarship and have been taking voice lessons.

December 2017

Finished my first quarter at Stanford! Check out my final projects under 'Research', including my "A Cappella Ambisonics" piece and a paper on using EEG to study affective priming in music.

June 2017

I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor of science in cognitive science and minors in mathematics and musicology. I had the honor of singing the UCLA Alma Mater at commencement with two of my friends; here is a video of our performance!