Ge Wang

Fellow: Awarded 2016

Field of Study: Music Research

Competition: US & Canada


Ge Wang designs with technology like an artist, and builds artful things as an engineer. While he has been called researcher, computer scientist, musician, product designer, inventor, and entrepreneur, he doesn't fit any single profile. He is a different animal, a hybrid engineer/designer/artist working at the intersections of disciplines.

An Assistant Professor At Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Ge researches programming language design for music, instruments for laptop orchestras, toys and game design for musical expression, musical human-computer interactions, aesthetics of media technology design, and education at the intersection of art, engineering, and design.

Ge is the chief architect and author of the ChucK music programming language, and the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). Ge is also the Co-founder of Smule, a startup company exploring music-making via mobile devices. Ge is the designer of the Ocarina iPhone app, as well as Magic Piano, Leaf Trombone: World Stage and many more (collectively reaching over 125 million users to date). These musical artifacts (are they toys? instruments?) are designed to connect people with musical expression, using everyday technology.

As a Guggenheim Fellow, Ge is working on a unique undertaking: a book (perhaps the first) on artful design of technology through the lens of computer music design. It is to be a manifesto, meticulously designed to explore artistic and musical expression in an age of computer technology. The book (working title: The Art of Computer Music Design) will be published by Stanford University Press, due out in 2017. At the work's release, Ge will embark on a speaking tour designed specifically around the ideas and unconventional format of the book.

Follow this link to view Ge Wang's TED talk: "The DIY orchestra of the future"