Faculty

DIRECTOR OF MTIID & ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN DIGITAL ARTS
Ajay Kapur is currently the Director of the Music Technology program (MTIID) at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts. He also runs a PhD Research Group in Wellington New Zealand called Sonic Engineering Lab for Creative Technology. He is also Founder and CEO of Kadenze, the Creative Arts MOOC. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2007 from University of Victoria combining computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, music and psychology with a focus on intelligent music systems and media technology. Ajay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 2002.

Kapur has published over 100 technical papers and presented lectures across the world on music technology, education technology, human computer interface for artists, robotics for making sound, and modern digital orchestras. His first book “Digitizing North Indian Music”, discusses how sensors, machine learning and robotics are used to extend and preserve traditional techniques of Indian Classical music. His latest book “Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists” is a textbook for artists to learn computer science.

FACULTY IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: INTERACTION, INTELLIGENCE AND DESIGN (MTIID)

Madeline Falcone is a producer and violinist dedicated to the performance of contemporary music and to the support of innovative artistic events. As a producer, Madeline has been part of the CalArts Expo team since 2014, and has produced creative events and festivals for the Ojai Music Festival, The Broad Museum, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, and REDCAT. As a performer, Madeline co-directs the Los Angeles-based Isaura String Quartet, and has performed and recorded with artists including The Eagles, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Temptations, All-American Rejects, Angel Olsen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Deltron 3030. Madeline holds a MFA from CalArts in Violin Performance.

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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.

Carl M. Burgin is an electronic musician and creative technologist, and currently serves as faculty at California Institute of the Arts. Under the moniker Sahy Uhns, Carl’s work focuses on blurring the line between acoustic and synthetic timbre and genre bending with a grounding in rhythm. Carl creates his music with the help of his custom software, interfaces and mechatronic instruments. In addition to his own productions, Carl is a founder and manager of Proximal Records, a label focused on promoting the rich sounds of Los Angeles and beyond. Carl received his BFA and MFA from the Music Technology department at California Institute of the Arts. His masters thesis focuses on creating mechatronic instruments with the intension to explore the inherent musical potential of recycled electro-mechanical devices (i.e. relays, motors, etc.). Carl is now proud to be continuing his involvement in the community as an instructor. Carl is currently working to further develop the Machine Orchestra with new and creative mechatronic instruments as well as teaching synthesis using Native Instruments Reaktor.​

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Jesse Garrison is an emerging Los Angeles-based multimedia artist and video designer. His work ranges from media design for theater, dance and other performances to interactive installation to virtual and augmented reality experiences. His most recent work is as a co-creator of /The Dial/, a hybrid Augmented Reality / Projection Mapping installation premiering at the 2019 Sundance New Frontier Exhibition. He co-founded NightLight Labs, an interactive media design studio, he holds an MFA from CalArts, is a member of the Builders Association and a Sinking Ship Productions Associate Artist. Previous work includes: The Woods (Automata, LA), The Elements of Oz (the Builders Association), Hear Their There Here (St. Ann's Warehouse), Thread (BODYART, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Glass Mountain (CalArts). His portfolio is available at: www.takethefort.com

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Marijke is a Senior User Experience Designer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On-lab her projects include designing augmented reality tools for spacecraft engineering and Mars exploration, and designing processes and software to support spacecraft operations for the Europa Clipper mission; a spacecraft set to arrive at the Jovian moon in 2025.

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.

Marijke is a Senior User Experience Designer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On-lab her projects include designing augmented reality tools for spacecraft engineering and Mars exploration, and designing processes and software to support spacecraft operations for the Europa Clipper mission; a spacecraft set to arrive at the Jovian moon in 2025.

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.

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Marijke is a Senior User Experience Designer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On-lab her projects include designing augmented reality tools for spacecraft engineering and Mars exploration, and designing processes and software to support spacecraft operations for the Europa Clipper mission; a spacecraft set to arrive at the Jovian moon in 2025. 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.

Sarah Belle Reid is a Canadian performer-composer, active in the fields of electroacoustic trumpet performance, intermedia arts, music technology, and improvisation. Reid received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where she is currently on faculty teaching music technology (Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence, and Design), and Music Theory & Skills.

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DEXTER SHEPERD
JOHN TEJADA

John Tejada is a Vienna born, Los Angeles raised electronic composer. Tejada’s output of music began in 1994 and has never let up, including 4 albums for Kompakt, plus releases on Pokerflat, Cocoon, Plug Research, Seventh City, Playhouse, Defected, and his own label of 22 years Palette Recordings. Tejada’s also been responsible for remixing dozens of acts including The Postal Service, Télépopmusic, The Field, Bomb The Bass, Way Out West, Kevin Saunderson, Derren Emerson, Gui Boratto, Simian Mobile Disco. Tejada’s latest venture as Wajatta (with international star Reggie Watts) is quickly gaining critical acclaim with their debut album being released May 11th.

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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.

Production Manager
Bob Clendenen was born in 1961 in Atlanta, GA. He received his B.M. Cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and an MFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts. Bob has worked with a wide variety of artists from grammy award winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden to singer/songwriter Stew. Bob has also opened for artists as diverse as Frank Black of the Pixies to the de-funked east coast jam band The Ominous Seapods. His major composition instructors included Brian Fernneyhough, John Harbison, Jonathan D. Kramer, Paul Lansky, Stephen L. Mosko, Allen Sapp, and Morton Subotnick. As a composer he has won numerous grants and awards, among them a Young Composers Award from A.S.C.A.P. He was a featured composer in the Visiting Composers Series 1989/90 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and has given lectures on his music at both the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and California Institute of the Arts. Bob was a co-founding member of the L.A. based band FOOD (1996-2001) playing trpt., synth., gtr., vocals, and occasional percussion. Bob has also led his own projects under various titles. His commissions include the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Percussion Group Cincinnati, CalArts New Millennium Players, and various solo artists. Bob has had numerous performances of his compositions in the U.S.A., and FM radio broadcasts throughout the United States. As a producer he has managed more than 3,000 concerts in California and one at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Bob is on the faculty and staff at California Institute of the Arts.

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