Jason A. Freeman

Professor and Chair, School of Music
(404) 385-7257

Jason Freeman’s works break down conventional barriers between composers, performers, and listeners, using cutting-edge technology and unconventional notation to turn audiences and musicians into compositional collaborators. His music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the So Percussion Group, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the Nieuw Ensemble, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Evan Ziporyn; and his works have been featured at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Boston CyberArt Festival, 01SJ, and the Transmediale Festival and featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella) (2003), a commission from Turbulence.org, was described by Billboard as “…an example of the web’s mind-expanding possibilities.”

Freeman received his B.A. in music from Yale University and his M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Music at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Educational Background

1999 – B.A. in Music (summa cum laude), Yale University
2001 – M.A. in music composition, Columbia University
2005 – D.M.A. in music composition, Columbia University


  • Interactive Music
  • Collaborative Creativity
  • Network Music
  • Real-time Music Notation
  • Locative Media
  • Algorithmic Composition

Research Ambitions

For me, composing music is more than a means for artistic expression, it is a mechanism to reflect upon my experiences with music and to share those experiences with others. My work is driven by a continual exploration of how music has been meaningful to me — as a composer, as a performer, and as a listener. In short, I write music not to express ideas but to share experiences.

Driven by these motivations, I often create music that moves beyond the printed score. The context within which the work exists, along with my relationship to its performers and listeners, are important design elements. The dynamic process by which we collaboratively create the work’s musical content — through live audience participation or in online environments — can be as important to me as any specific musical product that may result.

In these works, technology is never an end in itself. It is a means by which to accomplish an artistic goal. My research in computer vision, real-time music notation, and networked music enables me to create collaborative experiences with performers and audiences via novel input interfaces, via algorithms which process that input, and via output mechanisms that generate sound or communicate with musicians.

Research Groups/Labs

Journal Articles

  • J. Freeman and A. Van Troyer. "Collaborative Textual Improvisation in a Laptop Ensemble." Computer Music Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2011.
  • J. Freeman and A. Colella. "Tools for Real-time Notation." Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 21, No. 1,  2010.
  • J. Freeman. "Web-based Collaboration, Live Musical Performance, and Open-form Scores." International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2010.
  • J. Freeman and M. Godfrey. "Creative Collaboration Between Audiences and Musicians in Flock." Digital Creativity, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2010.

Performances and Exhibitions

  • UrbanRemix (with Carl DiSalvo and Michael Nitsche). Times Square Arts Alliance, New York. April and May, 2011.
  • Piano Etudes. WienerTage KlavierMusik, Vienna. February 7-10, 2011.
  • UrbanRemix (with Carl DiSalvo and Michael Nitsche). Art on the Beltline, Atlanta. June 26, 2010.
  • LOLC (with Akito Van Troyer). Princeton Laptop Orchestra, Princeton. April 3, 2010.
  • Piano Etudes (with Kathleen Supové, piano). Making New Waves Festival, Budapest. December 11, 2009.
  • Graph Theory. International Computer Music Conference, Montreal. August 18, 2009.

Recent Funded Projects

  • 2010, Principal Investigator – Google Faculty Research Grant – UrbanRemix
  • 2010, Principal Investigator – French-American Cultural Exchange Fund – Sonic Generator Performance with Philippe Leroux and Donatienne Michel-Dansac
  • 2009, Co-Principal Investigator – National Science Foundation – “Modeling Music Improvisation to Support Creativity in Performance and Education”

Recent Courses

  • MUSI 3450 – Survey of Music Technology
  • MUSI 6002 – Interactive Music
  • MUSI 6003 – Music Technology: History and Repertoire
  • MUSI 6303 – Network Music
  • MUSI 6304 – Computer Music Composition
  • MUSI 7100 – Music Tech Research Lab