Joshua Hudelson

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Music Department of New York University. My dissertation project is a counter-history of the digitization of sound that gives priority to the concept of frequency. It locates the conceptual shift necessary for the digitization of sound in the development of the modern science of acoustics, circa 1900, and then charts the ascendance of a frequency-based model of sound through the twentieth century: from the invention of the Noiseless Typewriter to the proliferation of FM radio, Cold War research on digital signal processing, and the emergence of new sonic practices on the internet.

As a programmer, I have written an audio-rate external for Pure Data that uses the Statistical Feedback heuristic to synthesize sound. I enjoy performing live with this and other tools that synthesize sound via pseudo-random number generation and finite state machines. I was the sound designer, alongside composer Larry Polansky, for animator Stacy Steers' Night Hunter, which was official selection at Sundance and Telluride. I write educational games to promote braille literacy for BELLA Games.

You can reach me at: joshua [dott] hudelson [att] gmail [dott] com

Fellowships & Awards
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
National Braille Press "Touch of Genius" Prize for Innovation (co-recipient).
Library Resident Research Fellow, American Philosophical Society.
Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Global Research Initiative Fellowship, NYU Shanghai.
Arthur L. Norberg Research Award, Charles Babbage Institute.
Sound Signatures: The Max Planck Inst. for the History of Science.
Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, NYU.
Arts & Sciences Alumni Graduate Research Award, Dartmouth College.
2016, Summer
"The Music of New York," Instructor of Record.
NYU, Music Department.
2015, Fall
"Underground Dance Music in New York," Instructor of Record.
Eugene Lang College, Music Department.
2015, Summer
"The Music of New York," Instructor of Record.
NYU, Music Department.
2014, Fall
"Elements of Music," Instructor of Record.
NYU, Music Department.
2014, Spring
"Music in Cold War New York," T.A. Brigid Cohen.
NYU, Music Department.
2013, Fall
"Music in Cold War New York," T.A. for Brigid Cohen.
NYU, Music Department.
2013, Spring
"Listening: Music, Sound, Noise," Instructor of Record.
NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication.
2012, Fall
"Expressive Culture: Sounds," T.A. for David Samuels.
NYU, Music Department.
2010, Winter
"Visualizing Music," T.A. for Ramona Behravan.
Dartmouth College, Music Department.
Publications & Presentations
"Mourning and Mediation in Electronic Voice Phenomenon"
Tuning Speculation III: (in)audible (im)possibilities.
PRX: The Public Radio Exchange
Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog
"Electronic Voice Phenomenon"
Dorkbot, NYC
Related Experience
2016 - present
Head of Software and Curriculum Development
    BELLA Games
Executive Research Manager
Studio Manager
    Bregman Music and Audio Research Studio, Dartmouth College.
    Baker Bell Tower, Dartmouth College.
Sound Designer
    Night Hunter by by Stacey Steers.
Radio Host
    FieldNotes: Adventures in Acoustic Environments for WHFR