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Video: Ge Wang: Engineering after Princeton


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Engineering graduate alumnus Ge Wang talks about music, computer science and an application that turns an iPhone into a flute. View more alumni videos.


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I'm Ge Wang. I went to graduate school at

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Princeton University in computer science, and now I am an assistant

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professor at Stanford University in the Center for

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Computer Research and Music and Acoustics.

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I'd say my work is, through research and technology,

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to change the way people go about making music,

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listening to music, and interacting and relating to each other through music.

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Having been affected personally so much by music and

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how music has shaped my life, I am driven to deeply explore

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what that can mean for other people.

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Computer music combines my two loves. As a teacher,

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the hope is that I can really transfer that passion that I

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have to the student.

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I want them leaving inspired and fired up to go experiment

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and work in that space.

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I am also the cofounder and the chief creative officer of Smule.

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We have been around for a year, and we have made several apps

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for the iPhone that really deeply explore the iPhone as a

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platform for bringing people together through music and

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technology. The way we do that is leverage

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the ideas and the vision we have in computer music and research

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and, through the iPhone, bring it out to as wide of an audience as we can.

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The Ocarina is an application for the iPhone that transforms

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the iPhone into a flute-like instrument.

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The other part of the Ocarina is that it allows its users to

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hear one another around the world.

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One of the comments in iTunes about the Ocarina application

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was from a soldier in Iraq who on his nights off actually used

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the Ocarina to listen to others play music around the world.

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To know that someone found that type of value in something that

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you've made is beyond a wonderful feeling.

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I feel inspired by the simple joy of building things together

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and also I think just by music and whatever form it comes in.

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Also perhaps, in a less direct way,

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I do feel like I derive a lot of inspiration from eating.

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I love to eat.

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I miss Hoagie Haven a lot for that very reason.

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Other than eating, gee, I don't know, more eating?

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At the end of the day, it's important to keep in mind

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always that what we do can be fun and to never really lose

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that sense of fun and joy in exploring things.

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I think being an engineer is partly just a problem-solving

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mindset and kind of a spirit of investigating a problem deeply

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and looking for solutions creatively. I am Ge Wang,

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and I am a Princeton Engineer.

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