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Academics - Music Faculty & Staff

Academics - Music Faculty & Staff

Peter Hulen

Associate Professor of Music Emeritus

Peter Lucas Hulen came home to the liberal arts when he arrived at Wabash in 2004, after teaching at other types of institutions at home and abroad. He is a composer with a focus on generating musical sound with computers, alone or in combination with other instruments. His musical background is diverse, encompassing not only his areas of expertise in composition, computer music and music theory, but also instrumental and choral conducting, and symphonic, jazz and choral performance. While at Wabash he developed new courses in electronic music history and literature, digital sound synthesis, and electronic music performance. He retired in 2018.

Prof. Hulen’s music is mostly experimental, and so it mostly gets performed for other artist-scholars in the field of computer-generated music. He now lives in St. Louis, MO, and teaches Music courses at Webster University. He sings in choral services with a local choir, and enjoys landscape gardening, cooking and eating expensive, unhealthy food, social media with friends far and near, and time with his wife and children.

Hulen discusses the roots of electronic music at Wabash College, the creative process,and the new electronic music minor. Electronic musics samples are also featured.


Ph.D. in Music Composition, Michigan State University
Intermediate Certificate, Beijing International Studies University
M.M. in Composition, Southwestern Theological Seminary
B.M. in Composition, University of Tulsa



MUS 107 Fundamentals of Music

MUS 151 Brass Ensemble & 157 Woodwind Ensemble
MUS 201, 301 & 302 Music Theory I, II & III
MUS 221 Introduction to Electronic Music

MUS 222 Electronic Music History & Lit

MUS 223/CSC 171 Digital Sound Synthesis
MUS 287/288 Independent Study (Composition / Electronic Music)

MUS 288 Electronic Device Ensemble

MUS 297/298 Electronic Music Projects
MUS 387/388 Composition
MUS 401 Senior Seminar

FRT Evolution of Electronic Music

FRC Enduring Questions
C&T 201 & 202 Cultures and Traditions I & II


Research Interests

Acoustics of Music
Point-source audio diffusion



Recent Performances

Electroacoustic Barn Dance (EABD) 2018, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida

Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) Festival 2018, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2018, Daegu, South Korea

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 2018, Abrons Arts Center, NYC

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival (EABD) 2017, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida

4th Annual Soundscapes Concert 2018, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana

EM | ONE Concert 2017, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Bushwick Open Studios 2017, Mise-En_Place, Brooklyn, New York City

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 2017, Abrons Arts Center, NYC

3rd Annual Soundscapes Concert 2017, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana

EM | TWO Concert 2016, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival (EABD) 2016, U. of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.

Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U. S. (SEAMUS) 2016 National Conference

2nd Annual Soundscapes Concert 2016, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana



Recent Writing

“Concert Reviews, Concert 6, Concert 12” for the International Computer Music Conference 2018, Daegu, South Korea · Published in Array, periodical of the International Computer Music Association

“A Composition Procedure for Electronic Music on Logarithmic Scales of the Harmonic Series”

“SEAMUS 2009 National Conference Review” co-authored with Tim Reed, Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana · Published in Journal SEAMUS: The Journal of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Vol. 21, No. 1, Fall 2009

“A Low-Cost Spherical Loudspeaker Array for Electroacoustic Music” · Presented at the Society for Composers, Inc. National Conference 2009, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico · Presented as a poster at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2008, Belfast, Northern Ireland, International Computer Music Association (ICMA) · Published in ICMC 2008 Proceedings, pp. 596-99. ISBN 0-9713192-6-x




Great Lakes Colleges Association New Directions Initiative Singular Explorations Grant, 2010
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Award, 2010
“Selectionée,” 34e Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2007, Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France
Liberal Arts Network for Development 2004 Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation, for innovative teamwork establishing a new Music Technology Lab and infusing technology into the music curriculum



Three-Minute Cartoon for two-channel electronic fixed media

Wobbly for live wireless iPad interface-controlled eight-channel laptop synthesis and sampling

Homage and Refuge for vocoded sotto voce speech and digitally synthesized sound

Diptych for solo oboe or solo trumpet and electronic fixed media: I – Kepler-186f; II – Ontology: in homage to The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives