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Sukandar Kartadinata

Sukandar Kartadinata (* 1968) crafts modern musical instruments that are made from micro-electronics and computer code rather than wood or brass. His designs are usually custom-made depending on the specific needs of individual musicians and media-artists.
Kartadinata studied computer science and electrical engineering in Karlsruhe, where he also maintained close ties with ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) and acted as lead engineer in Sabine Schäfer's Topophonien project on sound spatialization. While still studying he started working at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam where he developed his interest in sensor instruments. He completed his studies in 1996 with a thesis on realtime sound-analysis at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) in Berkeley. Since then he has worked as a free-lanced developer in Berlin and has lately started to hold workshops and lectures.
Kartadinata also performs music himself playing guitar and live-electronics in various bands and projects. He currently combines his main interests, sensors and spatialization, in a duo with piano-player Reinhold Friedl.


This site features some of his music while his professional work can be found at

He can be contacted at: sk AT glui DOT de