Founded in 2006, Sonic Generator is the contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Georgia Tech dedicated to using technology to transform the ways in which we compose, perform, and listen to music. The group works closely with students and faculty across campus to implement technology in concert and to incorporate new research into live performance.
Sonic Generator presents a diverse lineup of music by composers such as Steve Reich, John Cage, Mario Davidovsky, Brian Eno, Louis Andriessen, and Terry Riley; it is also committed to performing music of younger composers and to commissioning new works. Sonic Generator's experiments with new technologies have led the group to perform with wine glasses, iPhones, comic strips, car speakers, DJs, and a robotic drummer. The ensemble also frequently collaborates with visual artists to create video projections to accompany its performances.
Sonic Generator's work has been recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which noted that the group was "…the most stimulating addition to Atlanta's musical life…" in its debut season and named its November 2009 performance one of the year’s ten best in classical music. Atlanta Magazine named the group to its 2009 “Best of Atlanta” list and Creative Loafing included it in its 2011 “Best of Atlanta” list. Two of the five most memorable classical music events of 2011, according to ArtsAtl.com, were Sonic Generator performances.