Ted Gordon

New York, NY


Curriculum Vitae

March 2019


Columbia University

2018–2020        Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Music

        Visiting Researcher, Computer Music Center


        The University of Chicago

2018        PhD, History and Theory of Music

2017        MA, History and Theory of Music

        Yale University

2008        BA, The Arts in the Humanities (Distinction in the Major)


Dissertation: “Bay Area Experimentalism: Music & Technology in the Long 1960s” (Advisor: Seth Brodsky)

Interests: Experimental music, technology, electronics, improvisation, critical theory/philosophy, science/technology studies, modernism, American music, sound studies



2019        Music and the Electrical Imaginary (seminar), Fall 2019

Music Humanities, Spring 2019

2018        Music Humanities, Fall 2018


2018        A History of Electronic Music in Ten Instruments, Spring 2018
        Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship Course

        Included in Media Arts & Design Minor

2017        Introduction to Western Art Music, Spring 2017

2016        Introduction to Western Art Music, Spring 2016


2018        Introduction to Western Art Music (Prof. Seth Brodksy), Winter 2018

2017        VoiceGrooveSong (Profs. Steven Rings & Glenn Kotche), Winter 2017
        Project Assistant (Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry)

2016        Breathing Matters: The Poetics and Politics of Air (Profs. Jennifer Scappettone, Judd Morrissey, Caroline Bergvall), Winter 2016
        Project Assistant (Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry)


2015        Introduction to Western Art Music (Prof. Martha Feldman), Fall 2015

Music in Western Civilization (Prof. Robert Kendrick), Spring 2015

Music in Western Civilization (Prof. Anne Robertson), Winter 2015


2015        University of Chicago Writing Program Pedagogy Course, Fall 2015



2019        “Composing, Performing, Listening: the Early Electronic Music of Pauline Oliveros.” Performing Indeterminacy (Eds. Martin Iddon, Philip Thomas, and Emily Payne), Cambridge University Press. Invited submission.

2019        “Interview: Steve Rings & Glenn Kotche”. Portable Gray, Vol. 1 No. 2 (Spring         2019), University of Chicago Press. Invited Contribution. In press.


2018        “Diffracting the San Francisco Tape Music Center.” Sonic Circulations Blog;  Emily MacGregor/J.P.E. Harper Scott, editors

2017        “Electric Music Box.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website.

2017        “Does ‘Music Trump Politics’? Dennis Prager and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra”. Musicology Now! Blog. American Musicological Society.

2017        “Don’t Call it a Synthesizer: Remembering Donald Buchla’s Modular Electronic Music System.” Musicology Now! Blog, American Musicological Society. February 17, 2017.

2016        “Unboxing the Buchla Model 100”. Performing Arts Blog, Library of Congress. January 14, 2016.

2012         "John Zorn: Autonomy and the Avant-Garde" (Excerpt) AVANT, Volume III, Number T/2012 ISSN: 2082-6710


2019        Exhibition Texts for “Sounding Circuits: Audible Histories,” New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Seth Cluett, Curator. January–March 2019.


2019        Release Notes. “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon, Trust in Rock, Unseen Worlds, forthcoming.

2018        Liner Notes. Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom, J. Jasmine: My New Music, Unseen Worlds, UW16.

2012–        Project Schott New York Blog, Schott Music Corporation.


2018        Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) Top-Ranked Thesis Abstract, for “Bay Area Experimentalism: Music and Technology in the Long 1960s.” Published in Leonardo Volume 52, Issue 5, October 2019.


2018–20        Columbia University Center for Science and Society Course Development Grant (for Music and the Electrical Imaginary seminar, 2019)

2018–20        Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship (Columbia University)

2017-18        Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship (University of Chicago)

2015-18        Lowell C. Wadmond Fund for Travel & Research (University of Chicago)

2017                New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship

2017                University of Chicago Graduate Council Travel Grant

2017                UChicago Arts Student Summer Fellowship

2016-17        Field Trip/Field Notes/Field Guide Fellowship, Art/Science/Culture Initiative

2014                University of Chicago Humanities Division Conference Travel Grant



2018        “Living on the Earth: The Experimental World(ing) of Ramón Sender.” “After Experimental Music” Conference, Cornell University, February 2018, Ithaca, NY.


2019        “Emancipatory Electronic Music: the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System & the Anonymous Artists of America.” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, November 2019, Boston, MA.

2019        “Music in the Cybernetics Moment.” Sonic Circulations Conference, June 2019, Senate House, London UK.

2017        “Excavating Pauline Oliveros’s Expanded Instrument System”. American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, November 2017, Rochester, NY.

2017        “Pandit Pran Nath, Mysticism, and Music in the San Francisco Bay Area”. Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, October 2017, Denver, CO.

2017        “Improvisation and Indeterminacy in the Music of Pauline Oliveros.” Performing Indeterminacy Conference. June 30, 2017, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

2017        “The Patchwork Girl: Pauline Oliveros and Technologies of Self” Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism. June 21-25, 2017, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

2017        “‘The Composer’s Black-Box’: Cybernetics, Creativity, and Technology at the San Francisco Tape Music Center”. March 2017. Society for American Music,

Montreal, QC.


2016        “Opening Buchla’s Box: Rethinking Experimentation in Electronic Music in the Early 1960s”. Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History. April 29, 2016, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

2015        “Laurie Anderson’s Cyborg Voice: Technology, Gender, Desire.” Graduate

Students in Music Conference, April 18 2015, City University of New York, NY.

2014        “Sound is God: La Monte Young and Pandit Pran Nath in New York.” American

Musicological Society Annual Conference, November 2014, Milwaukee, WI.

2014        “Jankélévitch, Foucault, and the Ethics of the Ineffable.” The 4th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group. June 27-28, 2014, Kings College, London, UK.

2014        “High in the Custerdome: Steely Dan’s Split Libido.” Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World. Apr. 19, 2014, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

2013        "Abjection, l'informe(lle), and Fantasy in Helmut Lachenmann's Pression" American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter Meeting, Oct. 5 2013, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.


2019        “Cybernetics, Modularity, Subjectivity.” Talk at Ableton AG, Berlin, Germany; Synth Library Prague/ZVUK, Prague, Czech Republic. July 2019.

2019        “The Political and Social Legacies of Bay Area Experimentalism.” Indexical performance series, June 2019, Santa Cruz, CA.

2014        “The Dream House: Sacred Space at the Limit of Materiality.” Far Calls. Coming, Far: Ritual, Material, Sound. February 20, 2014, University of Chicago.


AMS Music and Philosophy Study Group

Webmaster, 2013-Present


2012–                Project Schott New York, New York, NY

                Co-Founder, Manager, Blog Contributor


American Musicological Society, 2012-Present

Society for American Music, 2016-Present

Society for Minimalist Music, 2017-Present

Society for Ethnomusicology, 2017-Present


English (fluent); German (intermediate); Spanish (reading); French (reading)


Instruments: Viola, Electric Bass, Buchla Music Easel, Modular Synthesis

Software: Logic, ProTools, Ableton Live, Max/MSP


The Chicagoland Electric Music Box Association (Ted Gordon, Buchla Music Easel; Matthew Mehlan, modular synthesizer). Shinkoyo Records, 2018 (forthcoming).


May 18, 2019: Ted Gordon/Marcia Bassett Buchla Music Easel Duo, with stroboscopic pure light projections by Jeffrey Perkins. W/Keith Fullerton Whitman, Cecilia Lopez/Sandy Ewen Duo, Camilla Padgitt-Coles.

March 6, 2019: Ted Gordon/Michelle Yom/Marc Hannaford/Erica Dicker/Paul Feitzinger quintet, Muchmore’s, Brooklyn, NY.

August 2, 2018: Ted Gordon (Buchla Music Easel) with Daniel Wyche (guitar, electronics), Cafe Mustache, Chicago IL

November 3, 2017: Improvisation with Sophie Reichert (dance) for “Not Reading”: University of Chicago English Department Graduate Conference, Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago IL

May 18, 2017: live electronics and media environment for Smokepenny Lyrichord Heavenbred, with Jennifer Scappettone, Judd Morrissey, and Abraham Avnisan at the Odinary Media Symposium, Northwestern University, Evanston IL.

April 23, 2017: Ted Gordon (as “The Human Use of a Human Being”) w/Jesse Rifkin at The Burlington, Chicago IL

March 8, 2017: Ted Gordon/Aaron Zarzutzki/Peter Maunu/Daniel Wyche at Beat Kitchen (Splice Series), Chicago IL

October 1, 2016: Ted Gordon/Matthew Mehlan duo (as “Chicagoland Electronic Music Box Association"), with IE, Matthew Sage. Public Access, Chicago IL

May 26, 2016: Ted Gordon (Buchla Music Easel) / Daniel Wyche (guitar, electronics) at Elastic Arts, Chicago IL

May 15, 2016: Performing in Suzy Bielak & Fred Schmalz’s Fourth Horizon installation with Seth Parker Woods, Adam Visa, Tim Stine, and William Mazzarella. Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL

March 12, 2016: “Bay Area Experimentalism in the Long 1960s: A Recital”. (Compositions by Oliveros, Young, Sender, Riley, Subotnick, on electronics, piano, Buchla Easel, etc.) Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL

March 09, 2016: Performing reconstruction of Ushas / Xmas Me by Ramon Sender on the Buchla Music Easel at the Hungry Brain, Chicago IL

March 02, 2016: Performing 26' 1.1499" (arranged for viola) at Northwestern University with Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, lecture by Ben Piekut. Evanston, IL.


February 28, 2016: Live sound installation for “The Data That We Breathe”, with Caroline Bergvall, Judd Morrissey, and Jennifer Scappetone, 6018 North, Chicago IL.

June 22, 2015: Ted Gordon (viola, electronics) / Albert Widemann / Matt Murphy, Myopic Books, Chicago IL.

April 25, 2015: Regards, Gallery, responding to installation by Matthew Metzger. Solo improvised electronics. Chicago, IL.

May 4 2014: Ted Gordon (viola) / Jeff Kimmel (reeds) / Graham Stephenson (trumpet) trio, private concert, Chicago IL.

May 3, 2014:  W/Will Faber duo, Sound Affects series @ Tangy Zone, Chicago Il. With: Graham Stephenson + Jeff Kimmel Duo.

November 22, 2013: W/Alejandro Acierto duo. Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago Il. With: Troy Schafer + Connor Camburn, Neal Markowski.

March 17, 2013: W/ Peter Feigenbaum as BLIZZARDO @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago Il. With: Talk Normal, E+, Onyx System.

February  23, 2013: Sound Affects series @ Tangy Zone, Chicago Il. With: Daniel Wyche, Cameron Hu.


Upon Request