as part of the Sonic Peripheries Lecture Series:

»Invention is the mother of necessity  –
making music at the trailing hilt of innovation«

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
University of the Arts Bremen, Auditorium, Speicher XI 8

New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with soloists and ensembles around the world.  An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of electronic circuitry, conventional acoustic instruments, and hybrid electro-acoustic instruments.  His book »Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking« (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide.

Collins lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin.  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.  In 2013-14 he is David Tudor Composer-in-Residence at Mills College (Oakland, California), Edgard Varèse Guest Professor for Computer Music at the Technische Universität Berlin, and a Visiting Professor at Instituto de Música of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGB and the Concertgebouw.

The lecture series is part of SONIC PERIPHERIES, a curated series on sonic art practices by Petra Klusmeyer, artist/researcher and lecturer of Sound Studies at the University of the Arts Bremen, in cooperation with the Artist-in-Residency Stuhr-Heiligenrode. Invited artists for the series have thus far included Mem1, Mark and Laura Cetilia (USA), Lou Mallozzi (USA), Howard Sandroff (USA), Helen Pritchard (UK), David Strang (UK), Shawn Decker (USA) and Stephen Lacy/Academy Records (USA).