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Interview with Nicolas Collins, American Composer

Going back to the year zero

In summer 2015, Michael Palumbo interviewed artists involved with the 9th Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium and the 17th edition of the Sound Travels festival for Making Waves, a radio programme on sound art produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) for WGXC at the Wave Farm in Acra, New York. Palumbo speaks with Nicolas Collins prior to his concert on 20 August 2015 about his background and practice. This interview originally aired on the 12 September 2015 broadcast of Making Waves.


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.

Audio transcript (57:11) of Michael Palumbo’s 2015 interview with Nicolas Collins during the 9th Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium.

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