I am a music scholar and musician living in New York, where I am an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. From 2018–2020 I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Department of Music at Columbia University. In 2018, I received a PhD in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago. As an improviser, I perform with the viola and the Buchla Music Easel.

My research lies at the nexus of experimental music studies, critical organology, and science and technology studies. I am currently conducting research on the relationship between the American experimental tradition and the music of South Asia; the promise of electronic technologies in countercultural and new communal social spaces in the 20th century; and the embodied experience of performing with experimental electronic instrumental systems.

My ongoing book project, The Composer's Black Box: Cybernetics & Instrumentality in Postwar American Music, shows how technology became a catalyst for new organizations—of practices, processes, and bodies—in a community of musicians radiating outward from the San Francisco Tape Music Center towards Mills College, alternative and para-scientific explorations of sound and consciousness, psychedelics, and new models for communal cultural life.

My writing has been published by Current Musicology, Portable Gray, the Library of Congress, the American Musicological Association, Cultural Anthropology, and the Sonic Circulations research project.

My recent project with Marcia Bassett and Jeffrey Perkins, The Eternal Now, has been reviewed in the Washington Post.

Contact me at ted.gordon@gmail.com.