March 12, 2018
& End Date
at 460-126 (Greenberg Seminar Room)
What is the nature, purpose, and meaning of design? Why do we bother to design beautiful things? What does it mean to design in the context of music and technology? This presentation offers ways to think about these questions through exploring the transformative possibilities of combining art and engineering to create tools, toys, instruments, and social experiences. It is a journey through ideas and case studies of design, instruments for laptop orchestras, expressive artifacts like Ocarina for the iPhone, and the aesthetic dimension of technology.
Bio: Ge Wang is an Associate Professor of Music (and Computer Science, by Courtesy) at Stanford University. He is a designer of instruments, toys, and games, and experiences. Ge created the ChucK programming language, and is the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. He was the co-founder of Smule, a startup that explores music-making using mobile devices and the designer of the Ocarina and Magic Piano apps. Ge is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, and the author of a new book, Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime, published by Stanford University Press and due out Fall 2018.