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Edgar Berdahl

Edgar Berdahl

Assistant Professor of Experimental Music and Digital Media, CCT

226 School of Music
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
P: 225-578-2594

Edgar Berdahl is an Assistant Professor in Experimental Music and Digital Media at Louisiana State University. In collaboration with the Cultural Computing Group at the Center for Computation and Technology, he studies how new technology is influencing new music and vice versa. He is accelerating the coevolution of new music and new technology by developing open-source tools for designing electronic musical instruments and making these tools available to the community. He has led the development of the following tools:

  • Synth-A-Modeler is a physical modeling environment for practicing virtual lutherie. Musicians program sound by concocting hypothetical worlds of virtual strings, springs, masses, mallets, bows, resonators, etc.
  • The Open Source Haptics for Musicians and Artists project enables musicians from all over the world to incorporate haptic force-feedback into their instruments.
  • Satellite CCRMA is a platform for making low-cost embedded musical instruments using components such as the Raspberry Pi. These instruments can operate independently of the Internet in order to promote the long-term development of technique and repertoire.

Dr. Berdahl received his PhD at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, where he later worked as a lecturer. Dr. Berdahl has also been a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin, and he has studied at the Center for New Media and Art Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley and at ACROE at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. Besides teaching workshops at international conferences, he has many publications, including journal papers in the Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. At Stanford University, Dr. Berdahl taught the first class in which music students rapidly prototyped embedded musical instruments with high-quality sound.