Jordan Rudess

2023-24 CAST Visiting Artist

Jordan Rudess. Image courtesy of the artist.
Jordan Rudess. Image courtesy of the artist.

Exploring the potential of AI in live collaborative musical performance

About the Project

Renowned musician Jordan Rudess collaborates with Professor Joe Paradiso and the Media Lab Responsive Environments Group to develop new musical controllers that probe the boundaries of where AI meets musical control and expression. The new technology aims to incorporate AI as a human extension, grafting it both onto the performer using wearable interfaces and actuators and into the instrument’s response and musical mapping. Over a series of visits to campus, Rudess shares his perspectives on music technology, performance, and technique through workshops, guest lectures, and a collaborative concert.


Upcoming Events

Open class with guest speaker Jordan Rudess: MAS.837 Principles of Electronic Music Interfaces
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 / 12:30-2pm / E15-341
Open to MIT ID holders

Residency visits:
April 2024
May 2024
September 2024

Additional program details to be announced.


Voted “Best Keyboardist of All Time” by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy Award–winning rock band, Dream Theater. A classical prodigy who began his studies at the Juilliard School at the age of 9, his music is a unique blend of classical and rock influences. In addition to playing in Dream Theater and his solo career, Rudess has worked with a wide range of artists, including Deep Purple, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, Liquid Tension Experiment (with John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, and Tony Levin), LMR (with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman), Blackfield, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, and Tony Williams among others. 

His interest in state-of-the-art keyboard controllers and music apps is another area of his career in which he has achieved success. Rudess owns the successful app development company Wizdom Music, creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Wizdom Music’s latest app, GeoShred, was created in collaboration with moForte, founding members of Stanford University’s Sondius team. In addition, Rudess is the author of two keyboard technique books including his latest, Total Keyboard Wizardry: A Technique and Improvisation Workbook. Recently, he was an artist-in-residence at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Social: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Collaborators at MIT

Joe Paradiso is the Alexander W. Dreyfoos (1954) Professor in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Responsive Environments group and serves as Associate Academic Head. He received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 1981 and a BSEE from Tufts University in 1977, and joined the Media Lab in 1994 after developing spacecraft control and sensor systems at Draper Laboratory and high-energy physics detectors at CERN Geneva and ETH Zurich.  His current research explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction and perception.  This encompasses wireless sensing systems, wearable and body sensor networks, ubiquitous/pervasive computing and the Internet of Things, human-computer interfaces, space-based systems, sensate materials, digital twins in virtual worlds, interactive music/media, and new musical controllers. He has written 400 articles and papers in these areas.  Joe has also been designing, building, and using his own electronic music synthesizers since the early 1970s, amassing one of the world’s most unique and extensive custom modular systems which has been featured in installations at the MIT Museum and Ars Electronica.  Joe has always enjoyed composing electronic soundscapes, and seeking out edgy and unusual music while traveling the world.

Websites: MIT Media Lab, Bandcamp,
Social: ParadisoModular on YouTube