Compsci 82, Fall 2009, Ge Wang

(from the smule home page)

Ge Wang [Co-Founder, CTO, and Chief Creative Officer] is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University, at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University and a BS in Computer Science from Duke University. Ge is the creator and chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language, and is the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and of the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO).


Beijing-born Wang, who emigrated to the US when he was nine, credits his grandparents with helping to instil his love of music.

His grandmother was a fan of Peking Opera and played the erhu, a classical Chinese string instrument. His grandfather kept what Wang described as an amazing collection of cassette recordings of Western classical music all taped from radio broadcasts.

(from USA Today)

We believe in the potential of interactive sound; we believe that everyone is inherently creative; and we want to unlock that creativity in everyone," says Wang, 31. "We want to find new types of ways to connect people, using the technology we have before us.

(from Newsweek Article)

Ge Wang never dreamed of becoming a high-tech Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He's an assistant professor at Stanford, a specialist in computer science and music whose biggest passion has been organizing nerdy "laptop orchestras" comprising 20 people each "playing" a notebook computer. But last summer his friend Jeff Smith --- who'd run two successful high-tech companies before dropping out of the corporate world to take music classes at Stanford --- talked Wang into trying to create applications for Apple's iPhone. Smith and two others put up some seed money, and Wang, 31, set to work with a handful of engineers. They called the company Smule, and created four applications, priced at a buck apiece. There's a virtual lighter, a virtual firecracker, a voice changer that can make you sound like anything from Darth Vader or an elf on helium, and the big winner of the bunch—a program called Ocarina that turns the iPhone into an electronic wind instrument.

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