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Judges

Judges

Each year we invite international experts in music technology to judge the Guthman Competition. They spend time learning about our finalists' work, asking key questions about the designs, and sharing perspectives with the music technology community. 

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

Others, like Technical Grammy Award Winner Roger Linn, synthesizer pioneer Tom Oberheim, and Cycling 74' Founder David Zicarelli have created new hardware and software that have changed the way we make music.

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

2024 Judges

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Bosko Kante

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Andrew McPherson

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Kelly Snook

Bosko Kante

Bosko Kante wrote and performed talkbox on Grammy Winning Albums by Dua Lipa and Kanye West, in addition to being a USC trained Mechanical Engineer. He’s also produced music and performed talkbox for Drake, David Guetta, and Bruno Mars to name a few. When he was forced to lip sync his talkbox part instead of performing live on the American Music Awards with Kanye West, he decided he had to reinvent the talkbox and make it mobile.  This led to the creation of ElectroSpit and his invention, the tubeless mobile talkbox. Bosko also helps musicians create their own businesses that don't depend on gigs and streaming at the nonprofit black music incubator called “HiiiWAV” he founded in Oakland, California.

Andrew McPherson

Andrew McPherson is a computing researcher, composer, electronic engineer, and musical instrument designer. He is Professor of Design Engineering and Music in the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, where he leads the Augmented Instruments Laboratory. Andrew holds undergraduate degrees in both engineering and music from MIT, an MEng in electrical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in music composition from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Imperial in 2023, he has been a professor in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London.
Andrew’s musical instruments are widely used by performers and composers across many genres, and his research has led to three successful crowdfunding campaigns and the spinout of Augmented Instruments Ltd, which develops Bela, an open-source audio maker platform. He currently holds two fellowships: a Senior Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering on embedded hardware for audio and music, and an ERC/UKRI Consolidator Grant investigating the cultural implications of engineering decisions. He is deeply committed to teaching: Bela is used in the classroom by dozens of universities, and his online course on audio programming has been followed by learners around the globe.

Kelly Snook

Kelly Snook is a music producer, music technologist, and data sonification researcher working at the intersection of the arts, science, and technology.

She spent two decades as a NASA Research Scientist before turning her attention to music and technology full-time, moving to England to join visionary Imogen Heap as her studio manager and musical assistant. Together with Imogen and a small team, she co-created the mi.mu gloves, a powerful and flexible new gestural interface, allowing musicians to control music and visuals though movement.

She is creating a new musical platform called Concordia that explores harmony in the solar system based on the work of Johannes Kepler through interactive audiovisual immersive environments.

She owns and operates her own recording studio, It’s Not Rocket Science Studios, focusing on devotional music production. Her latest production is an album with Luke Slott called Home of Light.

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