Nicolas Collins & Guests


Sunday, October 27, 2019
8 PM – 11 PM
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Nicolas Collins,
Katie Oswell,
John Bowers, Rob Blazey & Tim Shaw


The Digital Cultures Research Group is very proud to present a performance from Nicolas Collins in the Ballroom at Culture Lab. Author of the influential Handmade Electronic Music handbook, Nicolas has been a performer of electronic and instrumental music for over 40 years. Nicolas lived in Gateshead during the 1970s, working closely with artist Stuart Marshall. Both Nicolas and Stuart were students of Alvin Lucier, arguable one of the most important figures in American sound art and experimental music. We look forward to welcoming Nicolas back to the North-East after all these years.

Nicolas Collins
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. He has been a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1999, and a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) since 2016. From 1997 – 2017 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Music Journal. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide.

SW1n-HUNTER is the solo music project of Adam Denton. Denton works across media as a performer, composer, organiser and researcher. He has been involved with numerous scenes and micro- scenes for a couple of decades, spanning subterranean sonics, live art, post-punk and hard to find club(s). He lives to tend to an autonomous fire that burns in the north east of England, alongside an amorphous collective of international agents.

Katie Oswell

John Bowers, Tim Shaw, Rob Blazey