Edgar Berdahl is an Associate Professor in Experimental Music and Digital Media at Louisiana State University. In collaboration with the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) at the LSU Digital Media Center (DMC), he studies how new technology is influencing new music and vice versa. He creates new instruments and uses them to create music in new ways. He is particularly interested in embedding miniature computers inside new musical instruments to create “embedded instruments.” Dr. Berdahl is also interested in assistive music technologies. His music has been performed at venues such as the SEAMUS Conference, International Computer Music Conference, International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, and NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. He has published journal papers in the Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
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 teaching the first class in which music students created embedded instruments with high-quality sound. Dr. Berdahl has also been a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin.