DIRECTOR OF MTIID & Associate Provost for Creative Technologies
Ajay Kapur defines himself as a “Musical Scientist.” The “Scientist” in him organizes experiments on how computer programming, electrical engineering, and digital signal processing can be used in artistic practices. The “Musician” in him gathers all the current technology from his laboratory into modules that can be used in the concert hall, writing modern music while blending traditional techniques. A large body of his work is centered around how humans and machines can interact symbiotically to create new forms of artistic expression. More specifically, Ajay's research revolves around one question: “How do you make a computer improvise with a human?” Using the rules set forth by Indian Classical music, he has been driven to build new interfaces for musical expression by using microcomputing, sensor technology, and artificial intelligence, while designing and building programmable mechatronic musical instruments. He now leads a team of artists and engineers exploring the intersection of music, composition, storytelling, science, and technology in the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra.
Jordan Natan Hochenbaum is Chief Creative Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Kadenze, a company he co-founded that is redefining online learning for the arts and creative technology. He also serves as faculty in the Music Technology and Digital Media programs at California Institute of the Arts, where he teaches creative coding, engineering, computational & generative graphics, music production, and performance. His work involves leveraging machine learning in the arts, designing novel interfaces for musical performance, multimodal sensor systems, and playing and composing in a wide range of musical genres. Since 2012 he has released over 18 records on renowned electronic music labels, and regularly performs and DJs internationally. As co-founder of FlipMu, Jordan has explored large-scale interactive environments (such as the recent 4-story multitouch cube for RedBull and Vita Motus), real-time data sonification, generative audio-visual systems, and musical interface design with open source aesthetics. Co-founding the Noise Index, he has exhibited installations and public artworks that question our relationships with technology, in New York, London, Paris, and Los Angeles.
Mike Leisz is a Los Angeles based visual artist who's work revolves around the perceptual systems of computing technology. His work has been exhibited internationally at Tate Modern Britain, Ars Electronica, and the Artec Adressaparken research park in Trondheim, Norway.
Christine Meinders is an emerging technologies designer who uses collaborative design approaches to create AI design tools and develop community-driven, social AI projects, from a cultural perspective. Her practice focuses on:
UX of AI/ML
Speculative and Critical Design
She is founder of the community AI research and design group, Feminist.AI, which utilizes participatory approaches to co-create AI projects. The general focus of her research is the design and user experience of Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on culture. In addition to design research, a varied experience in hands-on prototyping and workshops also shapes her approach to design inquiries. She holds an MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
John Baffa has been working in the professional live audio business for almost 20 years; he has been a recording engineer for 12 of those years. He has toured mixing live sound in venues all over the world including the Sydney Opera House in 2010. John has mixed such artists as Lou Reeds Metal Machine Trio, Johnny Cash, Mike Patton, Henry Rollins, and The Melvins. John is the owner and lead engineer of TV Tray Studio, founded in 2003. He has several independent album credits thus far, and has made albums for several Calarts faculty members and alumni, including Vinny Golia, David Johnson, Vicki Ray, David Rosenboom, Plotz, Dr Mint and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He is currently the Production technology director for the School of Music at CalArts and also teaches in the Music technology program.
Off-lab Marijke is a creative technologist who explores ways to use emerging technologies technologies and science to builds non-traditional electronic instruments and software. She holds a MS from NYU’s School of Engineering, and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Previous work experience includes Kadenze as a programmer creating automatic graders for audio focused online classes, TechMDinc as a themed entertainment show programmer and Meow Wolf (in Santa Fe, NM) as a sound technologist and network audio systems designer.