I am the Mary Fox Whittlesey Visiting Professor in the Fine Arts and Art History
department of the American University of Beirut. My research explores the
cultural effects of the concept of the "frequency domain" in signal processing.
In my dissertation project, I locate the conceptual shift necessary for the
digitization of sound in the development of the modern science
of acoustics, circa 1900, and then chart 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
As a composer and computer 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