Concordia University

Dr. Eldad Tsabary

Assistant Professor, Music

Office: S-GM 500-25 
Guy-De Maisonneuve Building,
1550 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5163

Dr. Eldad Tsabary is the coordinator of electroacoustic studies at Concordia. He has taught electroacoustic ear training, composition, performance, modular programming, and history at Concordia since 2005. He also taught sound recording, digital audio, MIDI,synthesis, sampling, and sound for image at Formation Musitechnic. 

Eldad is founder and director of Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk) which specializes in collective improvisation and interdisciplinary collaborative performances in which students function as co-creators/co-researchers. CLOrk’s notable performances include a recent collaboration with singer Ariane Moffatt at Montreal’s Musée d'Art Contemporain and a performance at Akousma festival 2016. He has rich experience in telematic and shared buffer performances, including performances at AES convention, ICMC, and Birmingham Network Music Festival, among many others. In the past decade, he has also spearheaded research and development of a new sound-focused aural training method for electroacoustic musicians, which is inspired by perception studies and is based on a transformational, democratic educational model. Eldad received his doctorate in music education from Boston University. He is the current president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC).

Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk) - a playlist


Chapter of a book or collective work

  • Tsabary, E. (2015).  Atomes et structures sonores en électroacoustique : de la formation auditive à l’analyse et inversement. In N. Marty (Ed.). Musiques électroacoustiques : Analyses ↔ Écoutes. Sampzon, France: Editions Delatour France.
  • Tsabary, E. (2012). Electroacoustic ear training. In A. R. Brown (Ed.) (2012). Sound musicianship: Understanding the crafts of music (pp. 292-301). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Article in a peer-reviewed journal

  • Tsabary, E. (forthcoming). Encouraging risk taking in laptop orchestra collective improvisation. Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique
  • Tsabary, E. (forthcoming). Improvisation as an evolutionary force in laptop orchestra culture. Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation 11(1).
  • Tsabary, E., & Woollard, J. (2014). Whatever works: An action-centred approach to creation and mediation in designing laptop orchestra performances. Gli spazi della musica, 3(2), 54-70.
  • Tsabary, E. (2009). Which aural skills are necessary for composing, performing, and understanding electroacoustic music and to what extent are they teachable by traditional aural training? Organised Sound, 14(3), 299-309.


  • Tsabary, E. (Dir.), & Concordia Laptop Orchestra. (2014). Dancing with Laptops [Video excerpt]. In Van Nort, D. (Curator). Sound and video anthology. Computer Music Journal 38(4), supplementary content. doi: 10.1162/COMJ_x_00276 


  • Tsabary, E. (2013). The aural skills acquisition process of undergraduate electroacoustic (EA) music majors in the context of a new aural learning method. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 3581107).

Publication in conference proceedings

  • Tsabary, E. (2016). Aural atoms and structures: From electroacoustic ear training to analysis and back again. Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference (EMS) 2015.
  • Ogborn, D., Tsabary, E., Cárdenas, A., Jarvis, I., & McLean, A. (2015). extramuros: making music in a browser-based, language-neutral collaborative live coding environment. First International Conference on Live Coding, available from
  • Tsabary, E. (2014). Music education through innovation: The Concordia Laptop Orchestra as a model for transformational education. Proceedings of the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2014), 657-664.
  • Tsabary, E. (2009). Aural Training for Electroacoustics at Concordia University. Proceedings of Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium 2008, eContact!, 11(2) available from

Article in a journal without a review committee

  • Tsabary, E. (2007). A Survey of Audio Coders for Electronic-Art Music. eContact!, 9(4), available from


Conference presentations & Workshops


  1. (upcoming) keynote speaker, 4th International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  2. (upcoming) Risk taking and collectiveness in laptop orchestra improvisation at Dalcroze Studies - 3rd International Conference 2017 (ICDS3), Quebec City. 
  3. (2017) Presentation and discussion of two articles at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI—McGill), Montreal. 
  4. (2017) Improvisation as an evolutionary force in laptop orchestra culture, Concordia music research series, Concordia University, Montreal.
  5. (2016) Panel on ensemble collaboration in live coding ensembles, International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC)2016, Hamilton, ON
  6. (2016) Invited as keynote speaker to the 3rd International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2016, Bali, Indonesia
  7. (2016) Improvisation as an Evolutionary Force in Laptop Orchestra Culture. klingt gut! Symposium für Tongestaltung, Hamburg, Germany.
  8. (2016) Why is Electroacoustics So Much Fun? A shared panel with Mark Corwin at Concordia's Music Research Talks, organized by Christine Beckett.
  9. (2015). Transformational education through creative innovation in the laptop orchestra. International Symposium in Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology (LTM21/AEM21), Montreal QC.
  10. (2015). Extramuros, Tidal, and Dirt. Presenting Shared Buffer technology in a demo session, International Symposium in Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology (LTM21/AEM21), Montreal QC.
  11. (2015). Why is Electroacoustics So Much Fun? A guest lecture at The Visual and Performing Arts in Canada course (MJ Thompson), Fine Arts Faculty, Concordia University.
  12. (2015). Auditory Scene Analysis. A guest lecture at the Language and Mind course (Charles Reiss) at the department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Concordia University
  13. (2015). Long paper: extramuros: making music in a browser-based, language-neutral collaborative live coding environment. Co-presented with David Ogborn, Ian Jarvis, Alexandra Cardenas, and Alex McLean. International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) 2015, Leeds, UK.
  14. (2015). Aural atoms and structures in electroacoustics : From ear training to analysis and back again. Electroacoustic Music Studies (EMS) 2015, Sheffield, UK.
  15. (2015). Roundtable: Digital Careers: Education, Entrepreneurship and Funding. MusDig Montreal Symposium: Transformations in digital music and sound (part of MUTEK festival).
  16. (2015). Aural training class for grade one elementary school students at JPPSA live coding workshop with Tidal/Extramuros for grade three students. 
  17. (2015). Aural atoms and synergetic structures: From electroacoustic ear training to analysis and back again. A faculty research talk at Concordia University.
  18.  w/ Jamie Woollard (Research assistant). (2014). Whatever Works: Research/Creation in the Context of Concordia Laptop OrchestraVerge Conference 2014: Arts Re/Search, Langley, Canada.
  19. (2014). Understanding Analysis of EA Music through Aural Training Pedagogy. VIIIth EUROPEAN MUSIC ANALYSIS CONFERENCE (EUROMAC), Leuven, Belgium.
  20. (2014). The laptop orchestra as a framework for transformational education. Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  21. (2014). Whatever works: musical communication in the context of interdisciplinary, networked laptop orchestra. CMPCP’s Performance Studies Network international conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  22. (2014). Telemetronomy: Beat-based synchronization of remote laptop ensembles. INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music (Bangor University), Bangor, United Kingdom.
  23. (2014). Music education through innovation: The Concordia Laptop Orchestra as a model for transformational education. 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  24. (2013). Panel discussion at the Musrara School of Photography, Media and New Music (alongside Avi Elbaz Boaz Cohen) . Musrara Graduation Day, Jerusalem, Israel.
  25. (2013). Laptop orchestra direction, conduction, composition, and technology. Faculty Research Series, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  26. (2012). Dissections: Ryoji Ikeda (Panel). Ryoji Ikeda Exhibition, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada.
  27. (2012). EA aural training workshop. Sound Travels Intensive, Toronto, Canada.
  28. (2012). Comprovisation with laptop orchestra. Matralab’s Comprovisations workshop, Montreal, Canada.
  29. (2011). Recent developments in EA ear training. Canadian Electroacoustic Community 25th anniversary, Montreal, Canada.
  30. (2011). About the Concerto for T-Stick and Two Laptop Orchestras. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  31.  (2010). Electroacoustic aural training workshop. Sound Travels Intensive, Toronto, Canada.
  32. (2010). The Results of a Year-Long Action-Study on Aural Skills Acquisition by Students of Electroacoustics at Concordia University. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  33. (2009). The Aural Skills of Undergraduate Electroacoustic (EA) Music Majors in the Context of a New Aural Training Method Designed for EA. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  34. (2009). Aural training for electroacoustics. Sound Travels Intensive, Toronto, Canada.
  35. (2008). Technical Workshop: Spectrum. Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival/Symposium (Concordia), Montreal, Canada.
  36. (2008). Aural Training for EA. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  37. (2005). Compositional collaboration in the electronic medium. New Music Festival at Western Illinois University, Macomb, United States.


Research activities

Research Areas

Two primary research channels in the context of research/creation, education, and pedagogy:

Live electronics and intermedia performance, including laptop orchestra, collective improvisation, interdisciplinary performance, network music, telematics, live coding, and other related areas. 

Electroacoustic ear training; aural perception and skill acquisition; Auditory Scene Analysis, psychoacoustics; skill acquisition software design; motivation studies; perceptual blocks; strategy use in practicing; acquiring skills within a group; autonomous practice; and other related topics

Keywords: action research, auditory perception, aural skill acquisition, electroacoustic ear training, laptop orchestra, improvisation, live coding, live electronics, music education, network synchronization, telematic performance

Teaching activities

Courses taught

Courses taught at Concordia

  • Concordia Laptop Orchestra (2010-present)
  • Aural Training for Electroacoustics I (2005/06, 2008-present)
  • Aural Training for Electroacoustics II (2008/09, 2010-present)
  • Electroacoustics (composition) I (2006-2009)
  • Electroacoustics (composition) II (2008/09, 2011/12)
  • Edison to iPod: the history of sound from loudspeaker (2006-2008)
  • Digital Editing (2010/11)
  • Sound for Artists (2005/06)
  • Jerusalem Fine Arts Field School (2017)                        

Courses taught at Musitechnic
  • Sound Recording Theory (2007-2012)
  • Digital Audio Theory and Pro Tools (2007-2011)
  • Applied Synthesis (2007/08)
  • Sampling (2007-2010)
  • MIDI Language and Interactivity (2007/08)
  • MIDI Environment: MIDI Studio and Introduction to Post Production (2007-2010)
  • Organization: Sound Design and Music for Image (2009-2011)
  • Sequencer (2009-2011)
  • Music Theory (2010-2011)
  • Music Production (2012-2013)

Artistic performances (since 2009)

  1. (2017-04-14) Director, performer. CLOrk with guests Kathy Kennedy, Elizabeth Millar, Mallika Guhan, and Channel No One (Eric Séguin & Justin Wright), Eastern Bloc, Montreal.
  2. (2017-04-04) Collaborator. CLOrk at L'Arsenal, a mobile phone interactive performance organized by Ilyaa Ghafouri. Part of TD Cultural Tuesday, Montreal.
  3. (2017-03-23) Director, CLOrk with Kathy Kennedy and Damaris Baker, Concordia University, Music Department.
  4. (2017-02-09) Director, CLOrk - No Complaints, a collaboration with electroacoustic duo No Complaints (Fernando Alexis & Line Katcho), Concordia University, Music Department.
  5. (2016-10-21) Director, CLOrk at Akousma Festival 2016, Usine C, Montreal
  6. (2016-09-29) Director, CLOrk 22h22 : Ariane Moffatt with Concordia Laptop Orchestra at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), part of Les Journées de la culture, organized by Culture pour tous
  7. (2016-04-07) Organizer, director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): CLOrk with QUADr (Myriam Boucher, Alexis Langevin-Tétrault, Lucas Paris, and Pierre-luc Pierre-Luc Lecours) and Choeur Élan Choir (directed by Damaris Baker). Concordia University, Music Department.
  8. (2016-03-24) Organizer, director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): CLOrk with Nashim Gargari and Jeremie Jones. Concordia University, Music Department.
  9. (2016-03-10) Organizer, director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): CLOrk and Sponge, with Martin Marier. Concordia University, Music Department.[page-break]
  10. (2016-02-18) Organizer, director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): CLOrk with Le Trio Carson (Alain Lefebvre, Hazy Montagne Mystique, & Guillaume Vallée). An audiovisual performance. Concordia University, Music Department.
  11. (2016-02-04) Organizer, director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): CLOrk with CCRMA and York. A telematic performance with Chris Chafe, Michael Palumbo, Michael Pinsonneault, and others. Concordia University, Music Department.
  12. (2015-11-06) Organizer, conductor, presenter. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk) at the Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology 2015, McGill University, Montreal.
  13. (2015-10-30) Live coder: Shared buffer #10. A telematic performance at the 139th International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, Jacob Javits Centre, New York City, a concert organized by Michael Palumbo. 
  14. (2015-10-16) Composer: a piece at the 60x60 Presenters mix, played at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Centre in Reno, Nevada (organized by Vox Novus).
  15. (2015-09-26) Live coder, presenter: Shared buffer #9. 41st International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2015, Denton, Texas.
  16. (2015-07-29) Live coder: Shared buffer #8. 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC) 2015, Maynooth University, Ireland.
  17. (2015-07-13) Live coder: Shared buffer #7. International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) 2015, Leeds, UK.
  18. (2015-05-29) Live coder: Shared buffer #6. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London.
  19. (2015-04-09) Organizer, conductor. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): Shedding. Featuring anaudiovisual piece with piano by Jamie Woollard and Nania Sergi,  a piece by Bennett Dobni, and a telematic (phone) collaboration with Stephen Cooley.  
  20. (2015-03-26) Organizer, conductor. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): Game of Drones. Featuring a telematic collaboration with Doug Van Nort and his York University Laptop Ensemble, live coding with tidal and extramuros, and pianist Tram Minh Nguyen. Concordia University, Music Department.
  21. (2015-02-19) Organizer. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): Laptops…in…spaaaaaaaace. A performance featuring NASA sounds, network music, and a tribute to film music. Concordia University, Music Department.
  22. (2015-01-29) Organizer, conductor. Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk): The Waiting Room. A collaboration with Eric Boivin and Albérick. Concordia University, Music Department.
  23. (2015-01-15) Curator. FARR 60 x 60: a month-long installation at the Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room, exhibiting 8 student sound works inspired by books in the collection.
  24. (2015-01-14) Co-organizer, Music director. 60x60 Concordia Music-video-dance-theatre-lighting. DB Clark theatre. 
  25. (2014-11-20) Composer. HaGuGum (for trombone and piano). 75th OSM Standard Life competition (semifinals) at Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University.
  26. (2014-11-15) Live coder. Shared Buffer #5. The 12th annual Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway).
  27. (2014-11-01) Flutist, pianist. A tribute to Nitza Parry. Federation CJA.
  28. (2014-10-18) Laptop performer (live coder). Shared Buffer #4. Electronic Music Midwest (Lewis University, Romeoville, IL).
  29. (2014-10-11) Network manager, live coding performer. Telematic Embrace: You had me at hello world. Telematic (Hexagram blackbox, Montreal and CCRMA, Stanford University).
  30. (2014-09-28) Laptop performer (live coder). Shared Buffer #2. Network Music Festival, Birmingham.
  31. (2014-07-19) Composer. Creatures of the Ice (2005). World Listening Day Events, NAISA space, Toronto.
  32. (2014-05-24) Laptop performer (live coder). Shared Buffer #1. TransX festival (NAISA space, Toronto, telematic).
  33. (2014-05-21) CLOrk director. CLOrk at CCA (Media and Machines exhibition). Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
  34. (2014-05-12) Laptopist, CLOrk director. CLOrk playing Trésors caches at the opening of 83e Congrès de l'Acfas. Concordia University, Montreal.
  35. (2014-05-03) Artistic collaborator, technical director. Yodel EA OH!. Multi-local (telematic) as part of Deep Wireless Festival (NAISA, Toronto).
  36. (2014-05-02) Composer. Juicer (2014). Sonic Vigil 8 at National Sculpture Factory, Cork City, Ireland
  37. (2014-04-13) Composer. HaGuGum (for trombone and piano). 13th street piano series, Canadian Music Centre.
  38. (2014-04-10) Director, organizer. Blind dates, animals, spectrograms, and things of that nature. Concordia University, Music Department.
  39. (2014-03-20) Organizer, director. Spring Equinox in Sound. Phi Centre, Montreal.
  40. (2014-03-06) Director, organizer. CLOrk into Darkness. Concordia University, Music Department.
  41. (2014-02-13) Co-organizer, CLOrk director. CLOrk Presents: An Improvisational Collaboration with 
    Bradyworks, Doug Van Nort, Ricardo Dal Farra, Concordia Contemporary Ensemble. Concordia University.
  42. (2014-01-30) Organizer, Orchestra director. Dancing with Laptops. Concordia University.
  43. (2014-01-15) Co-organizer, Music director. 60x60 Concordia Music-video-dance-theatre-lighting. DB Clark theatre.
  44. (2013-10-22) Co-director. BeatBits: A telemetronomic piece for two laptop orchestras. CentralConservatory of Music in Beijing Concordia University McMaster University.
  45. (2013-04-11) Director. Blast Class (by Concordia Laptop Orchestra). Concordia University.
  46. (2013-03-23) Composer, conductor. Creation for laptop and symphonic orchestras. With Orchestre symphonique de l'Isle at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (Montreal).
  47. (2013-03-07) Director. Concordia Laptop Orchestra and Acoustic Friends - Liveware!. Concordia University.
  48. (2013-02-23) Composer, conductor, director. Small World Network: A telematic piece for laptops and acoustic ensembles. Birmingham Network Music Festival.
  49. (2013-01-17) Director, conductor. Live EA with CLOrk. Concordia University.
  50. (2013-01-15) Co-organizer, Music director. 60x60 Concordia Music-video-dance-theatre-lighting. DB Clark theatre.
  51. (2012-05-25) Director, conductor. CLOrk at Matralab. Hexagram Black Box: Matralab Comprovisation Workshop.
  52. (2012-05-01) Organizer, musical director. Hug The World 2012. Deep Wirless Festival (telematic): 24 cities worldwide.
  53. (2012-04-04) Composer, conductor, co-organizer. Dance and EA. Concordia University.
  54. (2012-03-23) Composer, conductor, director. Baryon Acoustic Oscillations. ToBeContinued 2012: stazione di topolò (Italy)  Concordia University.
  55. (2012-01-28) Conductor, co-organizer. CANDLE telematic performanceCalgary University: Happening festival  Concordia, McMaster, and Alberta Universities.
  56. (2012-01-12) Organizer, conductor. CLOrk with Art Clay. Percolation Turbulence event @ Atomic Caféaccueille (Montreal).
  57. (2011-11-20) Composer, conductor. Dancity: A telematic piece for mixed laptop, jazz, and chamber ensembles. Concordia NYU UCSD Queens U (Belfast) Hamburg Hochschule.
  58. (2011-11-11) Conductor, co-organizer. CLOrk at CEC25. Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s 25th anniversary (Montreal).
  59. (2011-04-23) Laptop performer. Telematic Transform Music. Telematic: NYU, Concordia, UCSD, UC Irvine, University of Washington (DXArts).
  60. (2011-04-01) Conductor, director. Bring Your Own Laptop Ensemble. S.A.T. (Montreal): TAMUKE Offrandes pour le Japon / Offerings for Japan.
  61. (2011-03-25) Co-composer, conductor, organizer. Concerto for T-Stick and Two Laptop Orchestras. DB Clarke Theatre (Montreal).
  62. (2011-01-29) Co-composer, conductor. Durées: A Canada Distributed Laptop Ensemble piece. Telematic: Concordia, Calgary University, U of Alberta (Edmonton).
  63. (2010-08-04) Composer, flutist, laptopist. Tikkun Nefesh for flute and 12 channel electronics. Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium at Wychwood Artscape Barns (Toronto).
  64. (2010-05-30) Director, curator. 60x60 Order of Magnitude. Congress 2010: FOFA Gallery, Concordia (Montreal).
  65. (2010-05-22) Composer. Fire in the Wire in 60x60 at 35 venues worldwide.
  66. (2010-05-08) Co-composer, flutist, laptopist. From My Home to Your Home: A 20-minute multichannel telematic duet. Telematic: Deep Wireless Festival (Toronto) Concordia (Montreal) Calgary U.
  67. (2010-02-17) Composer, organizer. Tikkun (healing) for trombone and 10-channel electronics. Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (Montreal).
  68. (2009-10-01) Co-composer with Rob Voisey. Outside Turn. The Phillips Collection (Washington).
  69. (2009-08-05) Laptop, flute. Live electronic improvisation. New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto): Sound Travels Intensive concert.
  70. (2009-08-04) Co-composer with Yifat Cohen. Heart-lung Machine. New Adventures in Sound Art: Sound Travels Intensive concert.
  71. (2009-05-16) Composer. In Memoriam Karlheinz Stockhausen. Elektramusic at CEAAC de Strasbourg.


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