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Charles Nichols

Charles Nichols

Graduation Year: 
2003
Dissertation Title: 
The vBow: An Expressive Musical Controller Haptic Human-Computer Interface

About

Composer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols explores the expressive potential of instrumental ensembles, computer music systems, and combinations of the two, for the concert stage, and collaborations with dance and video.  He teaches Composition and Computer Music at Virginia Tech, and has earned degrees from Eastman, Yale, and Stanford.  His compositions, including acoustic and electroacoustic music, and research, including data sonification, telematic musical performance, and haptic musical human-computer interface design, have been presented at national and international conferences and festivals, and have received support from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and the Prop Foundation, and recognition from the National Academy of Music, La Fundación Destellos, Institut de Bourges, ASCAP, and the Montana Arts Council.  He has been a visiting scholar, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, a visiting composer, with the Namaste Ensemble in Città di Castello and Rome, Italy, and a resident, at the Ucross and Brush Creek Foundations, in Wyoming.  His recent premieres include Nicolo, Jimi, and John, a concerto, for amplified viola, interactive computer music, and orchestra, three movements, based on the virtuosity of Paganini, Hendrix, and Coltrane, and Sound of Rivers: Stone Drum, a multimedia collaboration, with sonified data, electric violin, and computer music, accompanying narrated poetry, dance, animation, and processed video, based on scientific research into how stoneflies navigate throughout their lifecycles, by the sound of rivers.