Professor Fried's compositions rely on MaxMSP software and custom alternative controllers such as the Musical Steering Wheel and the Musical Shoes. He has presented his work at the Bang On A Can Festival, Lincoln Center, Music Now Prague, New Music America, The Israel Festival (Jerusalem), ICC (Tokyo), John Schaefer's "New Sounds Live" (syndicated on NPR), ISCM's World Music Days Warsaw, CafÃ© de la Danse (Paris), Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Podewil (Berlin) and the Dutch Royal Palace, plus New York City venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, the Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, DTW, The Bottom Line, Limelight, Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Here, P.S. 122, Dixon Place and La MaMa Experimental Theater.
Professor Fried's recording Jimmy Because, with guest guitarist Fred Frith, was released by Atlantic Records, a Warner Records company. He is re-mix producer on dance records by They Might Be Giants, Chaka Khan and Ofra Haza.
Professor Fried is a recipient of numerous awards including a 1994 NEA Composer's Fellowship, two NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowships, grants from the Cary Charitable Trust, Danish National Broadcasting, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and other sources, a 1996 Artist Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, and MacDowell, Yaddo and Djerassi Colony Fellowships. He has won two large commissions from American Composers Forum: in 1996 to compose for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and in 2003 to create Music For Robots for the robotic instruments of NYC collective LEMUR.
Professor Fried is known for Headphone-driven performance whereby performers try to imitate vocal sounds that are played over headphones. The performers have never heard these sounds before, and yet they are asked to reproduce the input as it happens-with every word, pitch and expression accurate and no lag time whatsoever. He is also known for his ongoing project RADIO WONDERLAND, in which laptop, old shoes hit with sticks, and a vintage Buick steering wheel transform live commercial radio into recombinant funk. Fried appears in Schirmer BooksTM American Music in the Twentieth Century by Kyle Gann (1997).