Charles Nichols

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Composer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology at Virginia Tech, and has earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and Stanford University.  He has presented his compositions, including acoustic and electroacoustic music, and research, including telematic musical performance over Internet2, haptic musical human-computer interface design, and wavelet audio analysis and resynthesis, at national and international conferences and festivals.  He has received support from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Prop Foundation, and recognition from the National Academy of Music, La Fundación Destellos, Institut de Bourges, New Music USA, ASCAP, and the Montana Arts Council.  Recently he was a visiting scholar, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, N. 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.

Posture, for computer-processed sound, was commissioned by the Montana Transport Company, for the dance The First Seating, choreographed by Amy Ragsdale.  The source materials for the piece, soundfiles of violin, voice, and metal sounds, were granulated to generate timbres that were used as motivic material.  These motives were matched to gestures performed by the dancers, to create a musical structure that mirrors the organization of the choreography, which depicts a power struggle between competing forces.  Posture has been performed by the Montana Transport Company at the University of Montana, presented as fixed media, at the Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles at the Académie de Musique de Lunel, and Électroacoustique université Concordia university Electroacoustics, awarded a Mention in the 31e Concours International de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, and included on the ABLAZE Records Electronic Masters CD.

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