David Su is a composer, drummer, and software engineer currently based in New York City, where he composes and produces music for video games, film, and interactive media. He also writes and performs with indie-folk group Morningsiders, works as a session drummer and is heavily involved in software development. His research interests include algorithmic composition, data sonification, and musical interactivity.
Raised in the suburbs of Beijing, David made his compositional debut as part of Apple’s GarageBand launch campaign in China, where he also did commercial work for MTV. His concert music has been performed by counter)induction, the Columbia Jazz Composers Collective, and Tonada Productions; his music with the Brooklyn psychedelic rock band, Dances, has been featured on Stereogum, the A.V. Club, CMJ, and Noisey by VICE while his playing on the Morningsiders track “Empress” was featured in the pilot episode of Amy Poehler’s show, “Difficult People”.
Since moving to New York, David has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, Rough Trade, Spectrum, and WNYC’s Greene Space. In 2013, as a recipient of the Rapaport Music Performance Fellowship, David attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.
As an avid computer musician and software developer, David has won numerous tech event awards for his output, including Columbia University’s DevFest Hackathon, Facebook’s Summer of Hack, Spotify’s Music Education Hackathon and IBM’s Watson Hackathon. He has developed software for L2 Business Intelligence, WKCR-FM, Zumic Entertainment, Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse, and most recently Amper Music, where he is architecting an algorithmic “composer” for artificial intelligence software that generates music for video content.
David is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in music and computer science, studying composition with Fred Lerdahl, Brad Garton, Jaime E. Oliver, and Ramin Amir Arjomand, as well as with drummer Tony Moreno as part of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has also had the opportunity to study with such musicians as Matt Johnson, Tyshawn Sorey, and Dan Weiss.