Recent EMDM Projects

Mobile apps, web instruments, and sonic installations by EMDM students and faculty


A few of our principal research areas

Physical Computing Physical Computing

The Mill As part of the Cultural Computing focus area in the Center for Computation & Technology, DMC 1065 houses the Media Interaction Laboratory & Library (MILL), a lab space for creating electronics hardware based on cutting edge embedded technology and sensing devices.  Specialties include making Embedded Acoustic Instruments and custom Haptic Devices. Next door […]

Sound Spatialization and Diffusion Sound Spatialization and Diffusion

Sound diffusion, spatialization and localization is an ongoing passion for the LSU EMDM program.  Using a loudspeaker orchestra or Massively Multi-channel Audio System, we perform pieces by diffusing sound across the array, taking advantage of the room acoustics, size and shape of the loudspeakers, and directionality of the speakers.  Through this process of diffusion, we […]

Mobile Music Mobile Music

Through classes, workshops, and “appathons” organized through a Mobile Music Initiative at LSU, EMDM students learn to design and program native app instruments for iOS and Android. In collaboration with the Tangible Visualization lab at LSU, the EMDM program laser cuts tablet interface overlays which enable better tactile awareness of a digital interface. As part […]

Events and Happenings

Recent news, concerts, and press

Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana

Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana

Posted by on Oct 26, 2023

The Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana presents a concert of: Electroacoustic Improvisation and Handmade Electronics November 1 @ 730PM Digital Media Center Theatre The Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana explores the interface between electronics and music, computers and performance. This concert is a collection of structured compositions and improvisations exploring sound objects through group performance. The ensemble […]

Cinema for the Ears – SEAMUS Rhizome Event

Cinema for the Ears – SEAMUS Rhizome Event

Posted by on Mar 21, 2023

LSU Cinema for the Ears – A SEAMUS 2023 Rhizome Event Friday, March 24, 2023, 7:30 PM CDT The LSU School of Music’s Experimental Music & Digital Media program, in collaboration with the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), will present a Cinema for the Ears concert, March 24, 2023, at 7:30 […]

High Voltage 2023

High Voltage 2023

Posted by on Feb 14, 2023

  The EMDM High Voltage Concert is an Experimental Music and Digital Media bonanza where the experimental and the avant-garde reign supreme. The 2023 incarnation will feature live electronic, electroacoustic, and fixed media works of all kinds. Works by Konstantinos Karathanasis, Jesse Allison, Brian Nabors, Erin Demastes, Treya Nash, Kerem Ergener, and Dylan Burchett High […]

About EMDM
The PhD curriculum in Experimental Music & Digital Media (EM/DM) is designed to prepare students to be composers, performers or music researchers whose work explores music technology, digital media and experimentation in either professional or academic settings. Graduates will also be prepared to teach electroacoustic music, digital media and music technology at the college-university level.


LSU is home to the networked Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana (LOLs), and the Louisiana Mobile App Orchestra (LMAO).

Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana


We hold an annual sound spatialization concert in our 72-channel Meyer sound theater, using live mixing and OSC control of ambisonic panning.

Cinema for the Ears


EMDM organizes outreach programs to teach digital music, web audio, and electronic instrument building at local high schools.

EMDM Academy

Students of EMDM

Featured graduate and undergraduate students

Kerem Ergener

Kerem Ergener is an electronic music composer and multimedia artist whose works have been part of many compilations around the world. After he graduated from Izmir Saint Joseph French High School he continued his undergraduate study in Bahçeşehir University’s Mechatronics Engineering department which he helped the establishment of BAU Stanford Robotics Research Project Laboratory. Then he continued his graduate education in Istanbul Technical University MIAM. He received his Master of Arts in Music/Sonic Arts in 2019. His solo work has been released under his own name and under the nickname “Le Horla”. He founded his record label Le Horla Records that aims to bring out unheard avant-garde and experimental sound to listeners in 2016. After he graduated from Istanbul Technical University MIAM Sonic Arts department, he held a three-year long lectureship position at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang’s Institute of Music, Science and Engineering department in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University majoring in Experimental Music and Digital Media and minoring in Architecture. His work is currently focused on sound installations, concept of space and immersive audio design.


- Kerem Ergener
Scott Nelson

After completing two degrees in Music Composition, Scott began studying for a PhD in the Experimental Music & Digital Media program at Louisiana State University in 2020. Scott is continually learning fascinating new ways to make music through emerging technologies. He is particularly interested in audio/visual art, and video game sound.

- Scott Nelson
Henry Kiley (Undergraduate Student)

Henry Kiley is a Music/EMDM major and a member of the Class of 2024. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, his interest in music began when he became interested in electronic music and subsequently learned to be a DJ. His goal is to bring an experimental edge to electronic dance music while still keeping the fundamentals and the joys of the genre intact at LSU. His goal for the 2023-24 school year is to release his first full-length album. His favorite artists and groups include Primus, Pendulum, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, and Sullivan King.

You can find his latest compositions on his SoundCloud page, accessible at

- Henry Kiley (Undergraduate Student)