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.
PERRY R. COOK
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.
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.
Meason Wiley is a mechatronic engineer, musician, multimedia artist and fabricator based out of New Mexico. He received both his BFA and MFA in Music Technology (MTIID Program) from California Institute of the Arts, mentored by Dr. Ajay Kapur, Michael Darling, and Trimpin. Currently, Meason is the Director of Research + Development for the immersive art company Meow Wolf. He is also a visiting artist/guest lecturer at CalArts (MTIID). In the seven years prior to Meow Wolf, Meason was a Professor of Music Technology at Austin Community College (MBPT Program) where he taught visual programming, sound design, audio synthesis, and live electronic music performance courses. He was also the ACC Maker Space Coordinator, training students in electronics, computer programming, and digital fabrication. While at ACC, Meason founded/created the ACC Digital Art + Technology Forum, a monthly lecture/performance series that provided a platform that brought innovative artists and technologists from all over the world to share, engage, and inspire both students and the greater Austin creative community.
John Baffa has been in the professional audio business for more than 25 years; primarily as a recording engineer. John has held positions on both the faculty and staff at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts since 2000. John is currently the Technical Director Performance Production as well as faculty within the Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design (MTIID) Specialization department. He founded TV Tray Recording Studio in 2003, working from the top of a TV tray as he learned the ins and outs of recording. From those humble beginnings, the studio grew and developed over the years, building an impressive list of clients and projects spanning a huge range of genres.Simultaneously continuing to mix live sound, he honed his chops in such places as the Alex Theater in Glendale and West Hollywood’s legendary Troubadour, as well as in venues all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House. In 2014, John was recognized with his first Grammy award for his work recording and mixing Partch on Plectra and Percussion Dances. Over his career, John has worked with a diverse set of performers, mixing such artists as Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio, Johnny Cash, Mike Patton, Henry Rollins, The Melvins, Pulley, Ten Foot Pole, Vinny Golia, Ullrich Krieger, Vicki Ray, David Rosenboom, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Vonettes, Plotz, Dr Mint, Banyon, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Anne Hall, Towse, and Ackland.
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.
Josephine Shetty is a pop artist and vocalist commonly known by the moniker Kohinoorgasm and as the lead singer of electro-pop duo Pride Month Barbie. Shetty has performed and organized shows in the Bay Area and Los Angeles underground since releasing her first solo album Titalee in 2016. Her affinity for creative communal work has since manifested in various teaching and engineering gigs, such as the music production courses she teaches at California Institute of the Arts and the sound design support she provides to live outdoor productions like Feels Like Floating. You can still find her playing or DJing at warehouses and small venues around LA or hear her on Dublab radio for her monthly show People's Portal. Josephine was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she enjoys irony and absurdity, spending hours in the bric-a-brac aisle at the thrift store, and acquiring new knowledge through community college courses and popular science books.