Peter Gordon (composer)
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Peter Gordon Composer
Peter Gordon
Gordon performing at the 2012 Pop Conference at NYU
Gordon performing at the 2012 Pop Conference at NYU
Background information
Peter Laurence Gordon
Born (1951-06-20) June 20, 1951 (age 70)
New York City, USA
Composer, producer, orchestrator
1970s - present

Peter Gordon (born June 20, 1951, New York City) is an American experimental composer and musician, whose music has influences as diverse as jazz, opera, rock and world music. He has released several albums, and has also composed film and theatre scores.

Gordon earned a BA in composition at University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Kenneth Gaburo and Roger Reynolds; he earned an MFA at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, where he studied with Robert Ashley and Terry Riley.

In addition to his own work, and that with his Love of Life Orchestra, he has appeared on or composed music for albums by Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, David Johansen, Elliott Murphy, The Flying Lizards, David Van Tieghem, Lawrence Weiner, and Arthur Russell.

In 2007, James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem used Gordon's classic Downtown tracks "Beginning of the Heartbreak" and "Don't Don't" to open and close their highly acclaimed dance mix FabricLive.36.

In 2008 an excerpt of his opera (with artist Lawrence Weiner) "The Society Architect Ponders the Golden Gate Bridge" was issued on the compilation album Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records) produced by Mendi + Keith Obadike. Gordon wrote the scores for the serial mystery drama "The Necklace", presented by The Talking Band. He also worked on the soundtrack to Desperate Housewives.

In 2010, DFA Records released remixes by Gordon of "Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don't Don't" and "That Hat," cowritten with Arthur Russell.

Peter Gordon currently resides in New York City, and is a professor of Music Technology at Bloomfield College.[1]


  • Eighteen (Foom, 2018)
  • Trust In Rock (with "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Unseen Worlds, 2019)
  • Same Language, Different Worlds (with Tim Burgess, O Genesis, 2016)
  • Symphony 5 (Foom, 2015)
  • The Yellow Box (with David Cunningham, Piano, 1996)
  • Quartet (New Tone Records, 1995)
  • Still Life and the Deadman (with the Balanescu String Quartet, Newtone, 1994)
  • Geneva and Extended Niceties, with the Love of Life Orchestra (Newtone, 1992)
  • Perfect Lives (with Robert Ashley et. al., Lovely Music, 1991)
  • Leningrad Xpress (Newtone, 1990)
  • Brooklyn (CBS Masterworks, 1987)
  • Otello (ROIR, 1987)
  • Innocent (CBS Masterworks, 1986)
  • Secret Pastures (Artservices, 1984)
  • Westmusik, with Thomas Fehlmann (Zickzack Records, 1983)
  • Deutsche Angst, with Lawrence Weiner (Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982)
  • Star Jaws (Lovely Music, 1978)


  1. ^ "Music Technology". Bloomfield College. Retrieved .

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