Music technologist Ge Wang gives a presentation in Atlanta.

The Music Technology Community

The Music Technology Community

Music technologists are constantly inspired. A profound love of music and a problem-solving mindset drives us to find the intersections of melody and hardware. We're naturally drawn to music and technology hubs across the country -- lucky for us, Atlanta, Georgia, is both.

Music Technology in the Southeast

Maybe you've heard of "The ATL," a place where rappers, R&B singers, and pop royalty call home. It's where producers make ground-breaking sounds and robots write movie scores. (Oh yes, the Center for Music Technology robot, Shimon, not only improvises on the marimba, he's written an award-winning film score and now he sings.)

All of that happens here, and we think it's down to the fact that this city welcomes big thinkers. We work and live next to innovation neighborhoods, tech corridors, movie studios, and quite a few universities. We inherited a spirit of entrepreneurship that started here in the 1960s, when Atlanta was called "the city too busy to hate." Networking and collaboration happen organically here, which has opened doors to fields such as music informatics, health and wellbeing, robotics, and digital musicianship.

Students using a laptop and electric sensors attached to one of their throats work with a professor on a music technology project.

Music Technologists Find Inspiration, Community at Guthman

The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is a favorite destination for musical instrument inventors and music technologists. It's been called the "Pulitzer Prize of the New Instrument World" and the "X-Prize for Music." Music technologists tell us why they come to Georgia Tech to share innovative ideas and learn from their peers.

A close up headshot of David Zicarelli smiling.

"At Georgia Tech, it really feels like you can do anything. It is one of the top institutions for new work and research in music technology."


- David Zicarelli, Cycling '74

Georgia Tech and Music Technology

A Guthman competitor plays a keyboard-based instrument she built with Georgia Tech students.

Collaboration at Tech

Learn which Schools and Research Centers are part of our Music Technology community.
The robotic "Skywalker Hand" project plays piano.

School of Music

Our undergraduate and graduate degrees in music technology blend technical skill and musical talent.
The hinge of the robotic "third drumming arm" project.

Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology

This College of Design research center boasts innovativations in robotics, informatics, and music.


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