Nicolas Collins

Nicolas Collins (born March 26, 1954 in New York City) is a composer of mostly electronic music and former student of Alvin Lucier.[1] He received a B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University.[2] Subsequently, he was a Watson Fellow.[3]

Biography [ edit ]

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."[4] 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.[4][5] He is a member of The Impossible Music Group with 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.[2] For example, in the early 1990s he was both artistic Co-Director at STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music), located in Amsterdam and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) composer-in-residence in Berlin.[6] Collins is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the MIT Press.[7] He is also the chair of the sound department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[8][9][10]

In 2006 Collins' book Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking was published by Routledge. An expanded, updated edition was published in 2009.[11] He was a major influence on the establishment of the Musical Electronics Library in New Zealand.[12]

Discography [ edit ]

  • 1982 - Going Out With Slow Smoke (Lovely Music)
  • 1984 - Let The State Make The Selection (Lovely Music)
  • 1985 - Devil's Music (Lovely Music)
  • 1986 - Real Landscape (Banned Productions)
  • 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)
  • 2009 - Devil's Music (EM Records)

Bibliography [ edit ]

  • Nicolas Collins, Micro Analyses, Paris: van Dieren Éditeur, 2015
  • Nicolas Collins, "Grazing the buffet : the musical menu after Cage," in Schröder, J. and Straebel, V. ed.Proceedings of the symposium John Cage und die Folgen / Cage & Consequences, Berlin, 2012
  • Nicolas Collins, "Live Electronic Music," in Collins, N. ed., The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Nicolas Collins,Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, (Routledge), Second edition, 2009; First edition, 2006. Japanese edition, 2013. Korean edition, 2016.
  • Nicolas Collins, "Beim nächsten Ton ist es..." ("At The Tone The Time Will Be..."), in Dialog III: Musik im Klangkunst und Musiktheater, 1999.
  • Nicolas Collins, Matthias Osterwold, Volker Straebel, Pfeiffen im Walde, Berlin: Podewil, 1994

See also [ edit ]

  • Bart Hopkin, another author with a focus on somewhat identical topics

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Nicolas Collins". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Nicolas Collins Interview". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Nicolas Collins: Prose Scores". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Nicolas Collins, Nonpop New Music Composer". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2010-08-30. CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-30. CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Hardware Hacking with Nicolas Collins - ausland-berlin". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-30. CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ [dead link]
  12. ^ Kraus, Pat. "MEL prehistory 1". Musical Electronics Library. Musical Electronics Library. Retrieved 15 July 2014.

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