About Me

images/pic01.jp 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!

Loops: Beatboxing, Vocals, and Visuals

Loops - CCRMA Stage, January 2020

A live looping beatboxing and vocal performance, accompanied by visuals. Performed at Stanford CCRMA for ArtX Stanford's New Dimensionality Showcase, January 2020. Check out the visualizer I built! 4 Seasons: A Music Visualizer.

"The Furies: A Laptopera"

The Furies: A Laptopera - Bing Concert Hall, June 2019

"The Furies: A Laptopera" is a new original opera for performance with a laptop orchestra, all written by Dr. Anne Hege. I built the instruments for this work and performed vocals along with Camille Noufi. This is an excerpt, the full opera is coming in Spring 2020!

"Music Visualizer"

Music Visualizer - A Demo, November 2018

A music visualizer I built for my Music, Computing, and Design course with Ge Wang at Stanford.