Berlin Faculty: The Clive Davis Institute x Berlin

Part-time Lecturer, Conversations in the Global Music Business

Mat Dryhurst is an artist who releases music, research and artworks solo and in conjunction with creative partner Holly Herndon and the record label PAN. He has most recently been touring the world with Holly in support of their critically acclaimed album 'Platform' (4AD/RVNG Intl.), which included a stint supporting Radiohead on their European tour. Outside of music he released the decentralized publishing framework Saga, that enables discrete interactions between an artist and their audience, and a number of audio plays that derive their narrative from the personal information of listeners. As well as working on new material and teaching at NYU Berlin, he also advises the music streaming platform co-operative He studied at UCLA's Design Media Arts MFA Program, and earned his undergraduate in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Part-time Lecturer, Creative Experiments with Emerging Music Technologies

Moritz Simon Geist is a musician, maker and robotics engineer. He works on the progression of music and robots and is founder of the Sonic Robots. Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to acoustic sound installations. His mechanic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions throughout the last years. He collaborates with performers such as Mouse on Mars and Tyondai Braxton and holds talks on the progression of robotics and society. He was awarded the Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony and the Visual Music Award, 2017. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3-D Printing.
"His concept is treating some important questions of the future, like the perception of technology, the robotization of society or the artificial intelligence, but still comes in a very playful and entertaining way: through electronic music." (Alain Bieber)

Part-time Lecturer, Popular Music in Germany: History, Culture, Politics

Heiko Hoffmann is a German journalist, curator, lecturer and consultant. He's been editor-in-chief of Groove magazine, an industry-leading electronic music magazine, for the past 17 years. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he's written for international publications such as Pitchfork, Spin and Sound & Recording (Japan) and hosts his own show Nightflight on German public radio station Fritz. Heiko has been a key-note speaker and panelist at festivals such as Sonar, MIDEM, ATP and ADE. He's a member of the board of advisers at Goethe institute and jury member of a number of international artist programs.

Part-time Lecturer, Experiments in the Future of Performing & Producing

Composer, vocalist, multi-instrumental electronic musician, and multi-media artist
 Christina Wheeler’s sonic explorations have included forays in a myriad of styles and forms. She blends an amalgam of improvised electronic music from an array of sources: processed vocals, vocal loops, hand-triggered sampler, theremin, Q-chord, autoharp, and electric mbira. A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and Manhattan School of Music, she has performed and recorded with many artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chaka Khan, Vernon Reid, John Cale, Laraaji, Abdou Mboup, Priest/HPrizm, Greg Tate, Satch Hoyt, Jamie Lidell, DJ Olive, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Murcof, John Carter, Fred Hopkins, and Andrea Parkins.

Her featured work with David Byrne included international tours and television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, and PBS’s Sessions at West 54th Street. MTV’s AMP featured her music. She has also performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Philharmonie. She has collaborated with choreographers Sally Silvers and Jodi Melnick. Recent recording collaborators include Fred P, Benjamin Brunn, Ripperton and Shinedoe. She is a 2016 Artist in Residency at Harvestworks Media Arts Center, New York. Now, she is recording an album, Songs of S + D, finishing post-production for another, Tres Es un Número Mágico, and composing new work for the glass harmonica. She has presented as a visiting instructor at California State University Long Beach, Bard College Berlin, and now, NYU Berlin.