Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and professor at MIT since 2002.  He is author of two books, Hip-Hop Japan and The Soul of Anime.  He launched the MIT Spatial Sound Lab in fall 2019.  He has organized the MIT / Harvard Cool Japan research project since 2006. He is currently working on a book about musicians on the margins in Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin.


Juan Necochea (Breaking Forms) is a musician and reative tinkerer who is organizationally curious. Along with Nicole L’Huilier, he is the other half of the band Breaking Froms.  Juan is trilingual, with a multi-cultural background and expertise in organizational design, international coordination for large organizations as well as startups and non-profits.

susanna bolle

Susanna Bolle is a concert organizer, curator and DJ. She is the director and lead curator of the Non-Event experimental music and sound series, which presents concerts in a wide array of spaces in and around the city of Boston. She is also the longtime host of the Rare Frequency radio program and podcast on WZBC.



Animal Hospital (Kevin Micke)



Nicole L’Huilier Transdisciplinary artist, musician, and architect from Santiago, Chile. Currently based in Boston as a PhD researcher at the MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future group. Her work explores sound as a construction material of spaces, identity, and agency. She is an experimental musician, drummer, singer, synth lover, and one-half of the space pop duo Breaking Forms.



Stefan Helmreich is Professor of Anthropology at MIT. He is the author of Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (University of California Press, 2009) and, most recently, of Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond (Princeton University Press, 2016). His essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, American Anthropologist, and The Wire.



Wayne Marshall is an assistant professor of music history at Berklee College of Music. An ethnomusicologist by training and technomusicologist by calling, his research examines the interplay between media technologies and cultural politics with a focus on American social dance music. Marshall co-edited Reggaeton (Duke University Press 2009) and complements his academic work with online mixes and with articles in such outlets as Wax Poetics and The Wire as well as on his acclaimed blog, wayneandwax.



Ben Bloomberg is a sound artist and researcher at the MIT Media Lab and a 2017 Marvin Minsky fellow. He specializes in the design and implementation of spatial audio systems, but has also created work ranging from custom electro-acoustic musical instruments to AI driven performances. Most recently he collaborated with Prof. Tod Machover on his robot opera Death and the Powers and six City Symphonies, and with Jacob Collier on his Grammy-winning debut album In My Room. He has also designed for Imogen Heap, Ariana Grande, Björk and others. Ben is very passionate about finding human-centric experiences even when technology is abundant and predominant.