Ge Wang | Bio

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Ge Wang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He received his B.S. in Computer Science in 2000 from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Computer Science (advisor Perry Cook) in 2008 from Princeton University. His researches programming languages and interactive software systems (of all sizes) for computer music, mobile and social music, new performance ensembles (laptop orchestra and mobile phone orchestra) and paradigms (e.g., live coding), visualization, human-computer interaction, sound synthesis and analysis, musical visualization, and methodologies for education at the intersection of computer science and music.

Ge is the author and chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language, and co-directed the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). He is the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk), and co-founder and director of the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO). He was also a developer of the TAPESTREA sound design environment, and the creator of audio visualizations such as sndpeek. Ge composes and performs via various electro-acoustic and computer-mediated means, including with PLOrk/SLOrk, with Perry as a live coding duo, and with Rebecca Fiebrink in a duo exploring new performance paradigms, cool audio software, and great food.

Ge is also the Co-founder of Smule, a startup company exploring social music-making via mobile devices. Smule serves as a unique platform for research and development combining the state-of-the-art in computer music research with the potential to bring its visions to a wide population (now reaching over 100 million users). Ge is the designer of Ocarina, and Magic Piano for the iPhone and iPad. These expressive social musical instruments enable users to expressively play and share music with one another around the world. Overall, Ge's mission is to explore and change people make music and connect through music in our daily lives.




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