Sasha Leitman is a musician, artist, teacher and inventor. She currently runs the “Max Lab - an Interface Prototyping Lab” at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) where she has collaborated and co-taught with Jonathan Abel, Trimpin, and the late Max Matthews. She has been making musical instruments, new interfaces for musical expression and sound art installations for ten years.
Raised on the Central Coast of California, she began studying music and guitar at aged 11. She learned building and fabrication skills as a light commercial diver – performing extensive underwater maintenance, and fiberglass repair - and eventually learned to weld. Her devotion to music and construction did not converge until she attended Stanford University where she received a BA in music and an MA in Music, Science and Technology.
Beyond composition and computer programming, Leitman has worked extensively with computer music controllers and Human Computer Interface Design. Large works include PlaySoundGround, an adult sized interactive musical playground, Electric Barrels and BuskBox; two amplified musical instruments designed specifically for street performance. She also regularly records whale song on homemade hydrophones, near Monterrey.