Alex Cohen is the Technical Director of the School of Music at Georgia Tech. His current work explores issues in technologically mediated emotional display for dance, collectively produced soundscapes via biosensory data, and human-centered interface design for musical improvisation. Alex is an active musician, improviser/composer, instrument designer, and performance artist. He designs wearable instruments, composes music, and dances as a member of Driven Arts Collective, with whom he won the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity 2021 Arts Contest and participated in the 2021 SloMoCo Summer Micro-Residency.
As an improviser, Alex has performed with William Winant, Rent Romus, Joshua Allen, gabby fluke-mogul, Camille Emaille, Tom Weeks, Seiyoung Jang, and Majid Araim. He holds a BM in Jazz Guitar from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Wendell Logan, Bobby Ferrazza, and Marcus Belgrave. He completed an M.A. in Music Composition and his M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, where he studied under Roscoe Mitchell, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Fred Frith, and Les Stuck. He previously taught Digital Audio Production at NCSU and worked for Meyer Sound.