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Josh Hodge: “Audio Programming: What It Is, Where We Are, and Where We’re Heading”

11 November 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Online

If your profession / field of study has anything to do with music, it is extremely likely that you have been using software in your creation process. Have you ever wondered where the ideas for this software comes from, and who creates the software itself?

If so, you’re in for a treat. Josh Hodge is going to take a brief journey into the world of audio programming, where software developers specialise in real-time DSP (Digital Signal Processing) tools. What is this career path all about? How difficult is it to become an audio software developer? Where is the technology now, and where does the future lie? These are some of the questions we will address in this 50 minute presentation.

This online lecture is open to AES members. A link to the Zoom session will be sent to registered participants prior to the talk.


My journey into the world of audio programming was unusual. Coming from a background that included counseling, DJing and producing, I didn’t type my first line of code until I was 37.

Broke and without a life purpose, I took a chance on coding by enrolling in the Music Computing Program at Goldsmiths University of London, and quickly became fascinated with this new world that I’d become involved in. I wanted to help more people discover the thrill of creating their own audio apps, and in 2017 I started a YouTube channel called The Audio Programmer, where I would teach others audio programming as I was learning myself.

Since starting The Audio Programmer, the YouTube channel has grown into one of the largest communities dedicated to audio development, with over 16,000 YouTube subscribers and a Discord group of 4,000 members, where devs of all levels network and help each other learn more about audio programming. Our community has helped hundreds of people get jobs in the industry, and introduced thousands to the world of real-time audio programming.

In my 2 years in this industry, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most amazing music tech companies in the world, including Ableton, JUCE, Xfer, and more! We offer a connection service to companies searching for the right audio developers for their team, and have an in-house development studio where we assist clients in all matters audio programming.

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