Nic Collins - third Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professor at Sonology

14 March 2018

Nic Collins has been appointed Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professor at the department of Sonology this month. During his visit he will work with students individually and present his lecture series A History of Experimental Music in 10 ½ Chapters

New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. He is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide. Collins’ indecisive career trajectory is reflected in his having played at both CBGB and the Concertgebouw.

In his lectures, he will examine a dozen or so masterpieces of modern music, composed between 1960 and the present, by artists such as John Cage, David Tudor, Alvin Lucier, Takehisa Kosugi, Gavin Bryars, Pauline Oliveros, etc.  Students will study scores (primarily prose and graphic – knowledge of traditional music notation is not required), recordings and texts.

Please note: the lecture series by Mr. Collins is not open to the public.


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