CV - April 2017. Continuously updated here.

Ted Gordon
b. 1986, New York, NY
ted.gordon at

2018 (expected) The University of Chicago, Chicago IL
PhD, History and Theory of Music

2008 Yale University, New Haven, CT
BA, The Arts in the Humanities (Distinction)

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

Experimental music, technology, electronics, improvisation, critical theory/philosophy, modernism, American music, noise, drone, popular/unpopular music

A History of Electronic Music in Ten Instruments, Spring 2018

Introduction to Western Art Music, Spring 2017

VoiceGrooveSong (Profs. Steven Rings & Glenn Kotche), Winter 2017
Course Assistant

Introduction to Western Art Music, Spring 2016

Breathing Matters: The Poetics and Politics of Air (Profs. Jennifer Scappettone,
Judd Morrissey, Caroline Bergvall), Winter 2016
Course Assistant

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

Music in Western Civilization (Profs. Anne Robertson/Robert Kendrick), Winter/Spring 2015
Course Assistant

"Don't Call It a Synthesizer". Musicology Now Blog, American Musicological Society.
“Unboxing the Buchla Model 100”. Performing Arts Blog, Library of Congress.
"John Zorn: Autonomy and the Avant-Garde" (Excerpt) AVANT, Volume III, Number T/2012 ISSN: 2082-6710

New York Public Library Short-Term Research Grant, 2017
University of Chicago Graduate Council Travel Grant, 2017
Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Fellowship, 2016-2017
Lowell C. Wadmond Fund for Travel & Research, 2015, 2016, 2017
University of Chicago Humanities Division Conference Travel Grant, 2014
Louis Sudler Fund for the Creative Arts, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Yale University)
Max Planck Travel Fellowship, Summer 2006 (Yale University)

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

"‘A very unstable non-linear music making system’: Improvisation and indeterminacy in Pauline Oliveros’ Expanded Instrument System". Performing Indeterminacy Conference, University of Leeds, UK. June 2017.

"Pauline Oliveros’ Expanded Instrument System: Tape Delay as a Technology of the Self." Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism. Knoxville, TN, June 2017.

“‘The Composer's Black-Box’: Cybernetics, Creativity, and Technology at the San Francisco Tape Music Center”. Society for American Music, March 28, 2017

“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

“Laurie Anderson’s Cyborg Voice: Technology, Gender, Desire.” Graduate
Students in Music Conference, April 17-18 2015, City University of New York, NY.

“Pandit Pran Nath and La Monte Young: American Minimalism as Cosmopolitan Encounter.” American Musicological Society Annual Conference, November 2014, Milwaukee, WI.

“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.

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

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

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

"The Ethics of Music in Jankélévitch's Music and the Ineffable." Contemporary European Philosophy Workshop, Feb. 5, 2014, University of Chicago.

Ear Taxi Festival
Associate Stage Manager, 2016

There Is No Repetition: Mathias Spahlinger at 70
Administrative Assistant, March 2015

Stage Manager, 2014-Present

AMS Music and Philosophy Study Group
Webmaster, 2013-Present

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Sound Engineer, 2012-Present

Project Schott New York, New York, NY
Project Manager, 2011-Present

Schott Music/EAMDC, New York, NY
Promotion Manager, 2008–2011

Intern, 2007

The Stone
Intern, 2007

Sound Affects, 2012-Present
Curator, Concert Series.

Art International Radio/, New York, NY
Radio Host, Improvisions, 2011-present

American Musicological Society, 2012-Present
Society for American Music, 2016-Present
Society for Minimalist Music, 2017-Present

PERFORMANCES (old-school style)
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. The Human Use of a Human Being, w/Jesse Rifkin. 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 (“Chicagoland Electronic Music Box Association"), with IE, Matthew Sage. Public Access, Chicago IL

May 26, 2016: Ted Gordon/Daniel Wyche duo, Guitar; Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

May 15, 2016: Solo improvisation, w/Seth Parker Woods, Adam Vida, 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 at the Hungry Brain, Chicago IL

March 02, 2016: Performing 26' 1.1499" at Northwestern with Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, lecture by Ben Piekut

February 28, 2016: Performing sound installation in "The Data That We Breathe", with Caroline Bergvall, Judd Morrissey, Jennifer Scappettone. 6018 North, Chicago IL

June 22, 2015: Ted Gordon / Albert Widemann / Matt Murphy trio, 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: Ted Gordon/Will Faber duo, Sound Affects series @ Tangy Zone, Chicago Il. With: Graham Stephenson + Jeff Kimmel Duo.

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

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

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