Nick Didkovsky

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Nick Didkovsky
Nick Didkovsky at The Stone
Background information

Nick Didkovsky (born 1958) is a composer, guitarist, computer music programmer, and leader of the band Doctor Nerve. He is a former student of Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros and Gerald Shapiro.

Didkovsky has developed a Java music API called JMSL (Java Music Specification Language). JMSL is a toolbox for algorithmic composition and performance. JMSL includes JScore, an extensible staff notation editor. JMSL can output music using either JavaSound or JSyn.

Didkovsky has composed for or performed on a number of CDs including:

  • 1997
  • 1999, Upbeat, with the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet
  • 2000, Ereia, with Doctor Nerve and the Sirius String Quartet
  • 2003, Bone - uses wrist grab, with Hugh Hopper and John Roulat

Didkovsky's music has also been arranged by the experimental music group Electric Kompany. He is a co-owner of the "$100 Guitar", a guitar which was circulated amongst many musicians (including Alex Skolnick, Fred Frith, and Nels Cline) for the recording of a concept album about the guitar.[1]


  • Dickenson, J. Andrew: "Electric Counterpoint", Urban Guitar, July 2006
  • Ross Feller, Ice Cream Time: The Raunchy and the Rigorous [1]
  • Rose, Joe, A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey, [2], National Public Radio, 4 December 2012
  • Didkovsky, Nick, Nick Didkovsky Official Home Page, [3]

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