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The Judges

The Judges

Each year we invite three international experts in music technology to come to Georgia Tech and judge the Guthman Competition. They spend two intense days on our campus, learning about our finalists' work and sharing perspectives with the music technology community. 

Some judges, like performance artist Laurie Anderson, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, and hip hop musician Young Guru, have used new technologies in performances and recordings to captivate audiences all over the world.

Others, like Technical Grammy Award Winner Roger Linn and synthesizer pioneer Tom Oberheim, have created new hardware and software that have changed the way we make music.

Many of our judges, like Stanford professor Ge Wang and McGill professor Marcelo Wanderley, have conducted groundbreaking research that set the foundation for technical and design innovations in the music industry.

Rebecca Fiebrink

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Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink is a Reader at the Creative Computing Institute at University of the Arts London (primary affiliation) and in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.  She works with students and research assistants on a variety of projects developing new technologies to enable new forms of human expression, creativity, and embodied interaction. She is widely recognized as the leading international expert on making complex machine learning systems accessible to creative electronic musicians, through her open-source Wekinator software and an online course for musicians and artists on the Kadenze platform.

Jordan Rudess

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Voted “Best Keyboardist of All Time” by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for the platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band Dream Theater. As the founder of Wizdom Music, he has created award-winning apps for music performance on mobile devices, including MorphWiz, which won the first ever Billboard award for Best Music Creation App. He is Chief Music Officer at CME Music, creators of the acclaimed XKey mobile keyboard, as well as the Director of Music Experience for the Roli Labs, creators of the Seaboard (a 2013 Guthman Competition finalist). Musicians all over the world subscribe to Rudess’ Online Music Conservatory, which offers a full range of courses in everything from harmony and rhythm to improvisation, ear training and technique.

David Zicarelli

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David Zicarelli is the founder and CEO of Cycling ’74 and has been working on the Max interactive programming environment for the past 30 years. Max, a playground for invention for interactive audio, graphics, interaction, and communication, is widely used by artists, musicians, researchers, engineers, and students (including many of the Guthman competition finalists). Prior to working on Max, he wrote some of the first music software packages for personal computers, including a software editor for the famous Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer (for Opcode Systems) and the interactive composition programs M, Jam Factory, and OvalTune (for Intelligent Music).


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