The Cicada synthesizer vibrates in the same way that insects produce a loud and recognizable sound in the wild. (Photo/Federico Chiesa) Music, Innovation

The Cicada Creates a Buzz

Some people have a flair for playing instruments. Ho-Chun “Herbert” Chang PhD ’23 has a knack for inventing them. A trained violinist and scientist, Chang wanted to bring an “acoustic sound and feeling to electronic music.” So he created an electronic instrument that did just that: the Cicada synthesizer.

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