Nicolas Collins (born March 26, 1954 in New York City) is a composer of mostly electronic music and former student of Alvin Lucier. He received a B.A. and M.A. from [1 ] Wesleyan University. Subsequently, he was a [2 ] Watson Fellow.
Nicolas Collins was "a pioneer in the use of microcomputers in live performance, and has made extensive use of 'home-made' electronic circuitry, radio,
found sound material, and transformed musical instruments." He has presented over 300 concerts and installations in Europe, Japan, and the United States as a solo artist and as a member of various ensembles. [3 ] [4 ] He is a member of The Impossible Music Group with [5 ] David Weinstein, David Shea, Ted Greenwald, and Tim Spelios.
Collins is a prominent curator of performance and installation art, and has been a curator, policy adviser, and board member for numerous cultural organizations.
For example, in the early 1990s he was both artistic Co-Director at [6 ] STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music), located in Amsterdam and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) composer-in-residence in Berlin. Collins is currently Editor-in-Chief of the [7 ] , a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press. He is also the chair of the sound department of the [8 ] School of the Art Institute of Chicago. [9 ] [10 ] [11 ]
In 2006 Collins' book
Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking was published by Routledge. An expanded, updated edition was published in 2009. [12 ]
Discography [ edit ]
Going Out With Slow Smoke (Lovely Music) 1984 -
Let The State Make The Selection (Lovely Music) 1985 -
Devil's Music (Lovely Music) 1989 -
100 of the World's Most Beautiful Melodies (Trace Elements) 1992 -
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Trace Elements) 1999 -
A Host, Of Golden Daffodils (Plate Lunch) 1999 -
Sound Without Picture (Periplum) 2005 -
Pea Soup (Appelstaartje)
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See also [ edit ]
Bart Hopkin, another author with a focus on somewhat identical topics
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