Nicolas Collins Residency

Nicolas Collins ’76, MA ’79 studied with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan in the 1970s, and subsequently has collaborated with numerous musicians in the experimental and improvised music scenes. He was Artistic Director of STEIM (Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the 1990s, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent, Belgium). An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, he also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and more-or-less conventional acoustic instruments. His book Handmade Electronic Music—The Art of Hardware Hacking, now in its third edition, has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGB and the Concertgebouw. For more information about Collins, please visit