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Three Books inspired by opening of Bing Concert Hall

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research announced the three texts chosen for the program on Tuesday. The selections, provided by courtesy to all incoming members of the Class of 2016, include the DVD documentary “My Kid Could Paint That” by New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman, the smartphone application “Smule” by Stanford Assistant Professor of Music Ge Wang and “Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota,” a memoir written by Chuck Klosterman.

Ge Wang: In concert with technology

Ge Wang is the mastermind behind the music app start-up Smule, which has released a number of wildly successful apps, including “Ocarina,” “Magic Piano” and “I Am T-Pain.” Dedicated to sharing his love of music and pushing the boundaries of computer music, Wang is also an assistant professor of music and, by courtesy, of computer science. He also finds time to stay involved with a number of musical groups on campus, including the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPho).

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Currently under the direction of Ge Wang, SLOrk was founded in 2008 by a group of Stanford students, faculty and staff at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). This ensemble is composed of more than “20 laptops, human performers, controllers and custom multi-channel speaker arrays.”