Professor Tom Hajdu

 Position Director - Sia Furler Institute
 Org Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
 Email thomas.hajdu@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3256
 Location Floor/Room 11 10 ,  Schulz ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Tom has over 30 years of experience combining leadership, music and media, creativity, innovation, technology and entrepreneurshipTom received PhD and MFA from Princeton University, the Presidential MBA in Leadership from Pepperdine University and BMus from the University of British Columbia.
 In 1990, he co-founded tomandandy, which he built into one of the largest music production companies in the world. As CEO, he helped reshape the role of music and media worldwide by introducing a new process that lowered music production costs to a fraction of previous levels while improving creative quality. By appropriating the aesthetics of the avant garde and melding together music and sound design, tomandandy blurred the line between music and sound. Coupling this with new ways of using music software redefined the way in which music and media work together, initially through MTV, which then influenced most contexts where music and media are found today. tomandandy has collaborated on creative industries projects generating over $1B US to economies around the world.

    He has worked with some of the most influential creatives in the world (Oliver Stone, U2, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, David Byrne, Lou Reed, Alan Ginsberg, Jenny Holzer, Tom Sachs etc.). He has worked with the top TV studios (NBC, CBS, PBS, American Broadcasting Corporation, Canal Plus, VIACOM etc) worldwide.  He has worked with best of breed advertising agencies (Saatchi, WPP, Weiden&Kennedy, Grey, Dentsu etc) around the world to help shape the identities of many of the top global companies in most categories, from cars (Mercedes, Ford, Toyota etc) to beverages (Coke, Pepsi etc), computer and technology (Apple, Microsoft, Intel etc) to running shoes (Nike, Adidas, Reebok etc). He has worked with the best of breed film studios in the world (Sony, Universal etc) and his music has helped build Hollywood franchises (Resident Evil, The Hills Have Eyes, 47 Meters Down etc).  His work has been reviewed in publications throughout the world (NY Times, Interview Magazine, Details, Hollywood Reporter, LA Times etc). Recently he was featured in: Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror's Greatest Composers, authored by Blake Fichera.

    Tom is also CEO of Disrupter, a strategic innovation company. The company has an IP portfolio in deep creative technologies, from digital way finding to machine learning and music creation and network protocols.

    Tom was South Australia's first and only Chief Innovator. He was responsible for the Gigcity Initiative and brought the South Australian Government to the White House in 2016 which recognised Adelaide as the first gig city outside the US to join the US Ignite Smart City Initiative as a result.


    Tom has sat on many award juries including Canada Council and he has spoken, chaired or given keynotes at the original TED Conference, CalTech/MIT Forum, Pepperdine University's first Disruption Conference, DisruptSydney, Myriad, BigSound etc as well as several universities worldwide about content, technology and strategic innovation; he is a member of Sydney University’s Digital Disruption Research Group.

  • Qualifications

    BMus Unviersity of British Columbia

    MFA Princeton University

    PhD Princeton University

    MBA (Presidential/Key Executive) Pepperdine University

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019

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