david su

musician, game developer, researcher

Hi! I'm a musician, game developer, and researcher especially interested in creating new musical experiences. Currently I am with the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab.

I recently wrote and developed Yi and the Thousand Moons, a short video game musical featuring a full cast and live band.

I also make music with Dominique Star, Morningsiders, and Big House Publishing. Previously I was involved with Sunhouse, Amper Music, and Dances.

Here are a few projects of mine (more projects here):
Yi and the Thousand Moons - a short video game musical
Runaway Reverie - an interactive song and 3D platformer game
Seasons (季节) (with Dominique Star) - an interactive song/poem for inkJam 2018
AMAI (with Rosalind Picard and Yan Liu) - adaptive music for affect improvement
Emotionally Intelligent Music Playback (with Hane Lee)
Fibonacci Stretch - stretching audio along the Fibonacci sequence
Dedications - an album of personalized songs
meSing.js - a JavaScript singing synthesizer
Banff Blues - a jazz rhythm+form exploration tool inspired by my time at Banff
Sync Etudes - rhythm synchronization mini-games

Upcoming performances/appearances (list of past performances coming soon):
10.27.2018 - Playcrafting Halloween Game Expo | Microsoft, New York, NY
11.11.2018 - (with the Josh Shpak Band) The Lilypad, Cambridge, MA
11.14.2018 - AMP Jazz Recital | Killian Hall, Cambridge, MA
11.17.2018 - (with MIT FJE) Homegrown Jazz | Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA
12.08.2018 - (with MIT FJE and Jacob Collier) Infinite Harmony | Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA

Some videos of me performing:
Steps - live at Sofar Sounds with audience participation via smartphone
Morningsiders - Audiotree Live - 6-song broadcast from Chicago
Dances - Rat! - music video with some nice drum-syncing
Exquisite Corpses (Phil Kline) - with Conrad Tao's SRIRACHA
Drum Set/Google Chrome improvisation - using 4tr4k

My work has been featured in:
Rolling Stone, PC Gamer, Hacker News (front page), International Computer Music Conference, Gamasutra, New York Times (with Conrad Tao's SRIRACHA), A.V. Club (with Dances), Stereogum (with Dances), VICE/Noisey (with Dances), All About Jazz (with The Delegation), Earmilk (with Morningsiders), DualShockers, Siliconera, The Overpowered Noobs, TechRaptor, Game Side Story, DarkZero, Columbia Spectator

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to email me. I'm also on GitHub, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud.