Connect 2022: EDI Summit Connect 2022: EDI Summit

Panel Discussion: EDI Instrument Design with Jesse Terry, Dan Freeman, and Special Guests, Moderated by Peter Kirn

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150 Massachusetts Avenue, Room B41, Boston, MA 02215

PETER KIRN is a composer and media artist, with releases on Detroit Underground, Industrial Complexx, Wunderblock Records, Kotä Records, and his own Establishment, among others, plus upcoming on TRAPEZ. His site CDM.link has been a daily source for many looking to the bleeding edge of electronic music and mixed media technology, culture, and technological politics. He is also co-creator of the MeeBlip hardware synthesizer line, is a sought-after adviser and communicator in new technologies, and has worked on collaborative laboratories and talks with TED, European Space Agency, Sonar+D, MUTEK, GAMMA, and others. His MusicMakers Hacklab with CTM Festival has evolved into a wild alternative performance laboratory since its debut in 2013. He has made music for kinky parties and grimy underground club events, raunchy noise music, and passionate and ever-changing experimental expression, rooted in training in composition in New York with his teacher Tania Leon.

Photo credit: Maria Simpson

Dan Freeman is a producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York and one of the world's leading experts on the integration of live instruments with laptops using Ableton Live.

He has performed and given workshops on electronic music production and performance at festivals, universities and schools worldwide including at: SXSW (US), Harvard University (US), Berklee College of Music (US), Berghain (Berlin) DNA Music (Bogota), Argenlive (Buenos Aires), The Universidad de Santiago (Chile), Teatro Ruben Dario (Nicaragua)  and Sonar (Barcelona, Spain).

Currently Dan is on the faculty of New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and The Juilliard School where he designs and teaches courses on electronic music production, synthesis and live performance with laptops. In 2018, he was a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music. He also has a production space in Brooklyn where he produces and sound designs records and helps design live shows.  

In 2015 he launched the Brooklyn Digital Conservatory, which over the past seven years has provided electronic music production workshops, courses, affordable software and teacher training to students throughout Latin America including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. 

Jesse Terry is the Head of Hardware at Ableton, and leads the team designing and manufacturing Ableton Push. He joined Ableton in 2005 working in artist and partner relations, which lead him to help design the first dedicated Ableton controller, the APC40 (made in collaboration with Akai Professional). Since that time he built up a hardware team at Ableton focused on making Ableton Push and looking towards the future of hardware at Ableton. His work at Ableton includes looking into sustainability, manufacturing and user experience – but his main focus is making the product he uses every day better for the variety of users who have adopted it. He is a multi-instrumentalist and student of many kinds of music; in his free time he plays guitar, bass and keys and produces electronic and hip-hop under the alias Jethroe and with his band Countach. He currently resides in Philadelphia.


Join Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn who will lead a discussion on electronic musical instrument design. The panel will feature EDI manufacturers and design specialists in the field, including Jesse Terry (Ableton, APC40 and Push 2), Dan Freeman (NYU and Julliard), and Paul Lehrman (Tufts). Topics will focus on the current state of instruments as well as the future design of EDI’s.