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Emmy Award-nominated composer, music technologist, and educator, Dr. Hideki Isoda, dedicates each day to the relentless pursuit of innovation. Isoda's research explores new possibilities to elevate the artistry of sound, pushing the boundaries of musical expressions through his novel AI-driven motion-sensing musical instrument (RIAX), which has transformed the approaches of generative music and live performances.

Born in 1970 in Yokohama, Japan, his profound passion for electrical engineering, particularly building synthesizers and sound devices, ignited his journey into the world of music at an early age. He had formal musical training throughout his childhood and further developed his skills in both music and engineering through his studies at Indiana University, Berklee College of Music, and The University of Sydney, where he earned a Ph.D. in Composition and Music Technology.

Isoda composed soundtracks for NHK Japan, PBS America, and other broadcasters. He is also recognized as a leading recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, having produced numerous classical and jazz albums for acclaimed musicians across the globe. His collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer Michael Fine highlighted an outstanding orchestral album release from Sony Classical in 2022.

Dr. Isoda served as Associate Dean of Technology and Distance Learning at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2007-2013) and as Professor of Music and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program for Creative Contents and Technology at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul (2013-2020). He is a full-time faculty member and Director of Media Production at Texas Tech University School of Music, where he teaches composition, Recording Technology, and Music Informatics courses (2020-Present).

Hideki resides in Lubbock with his wife Hyejin, daughter, and son.

Dr. Hideki Isoda with Students

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As a researcher and professor, I am passionate about helping others create innovations that can make the world an even better place. Nothing brings me greater joy than seeing my students get inspired by what's possible when we work together to innovate!

Dr. Hideki Isoda

Hideki Isoda
Director of Media Production
Assistant Professor of Composition
Texas Tech University School of Music

Experienced as: TV & Film Composer, Classical and Jazz Instrumentalist, Tonmeister, Filmmaker, and Computer Programmer

Sequential Artist

Research & Development Areas
Music Informatics:
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Instrumental Training;
Robotic Design for Musical Training;
Musical Deep Learning;
Ambisonic Audio;
Design of Music E-Learning Applications;
Film Making for Music Research;

The Possibilities and Drawbacks of Assistive Technologies (2024)

Primary Programming Languages

Performing Instruments
RIAX, Synthesizers, and Guitars

Other Interests
Ham Radio (since 1980)
UAS (Drone)

Alma mater
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Berklee College of Music
The University of Sydney (PhD)

Notable Recognitions
Emmy Award nomination
International Videographer Award
OMNI Intermedia Award
Horizon Interactive Award
Accolade Award
The Communicator Award
Hermes Creative Award

Special Certifications
Audinate Dante Certifications

Dante AV Network Certified Engineer
AV Network Engineer/Administrator

Featured Works

Circling Around by Hideki Isoda

Research Film "Circling Around in Song"


Circling Around by Hideki Isoda

PBS Documentary "Circling Around"


Galia "Sand in your bed" CD Produced by Hideki Isoda

Galia Arad "Sand in your bed"

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Mimi Zweig StringPedagogy

Hideki Isoda YouTube Channel


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