Composer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Creative Technologies and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).
As a composer, he explores the expressive potential of instrumental ensembles, computer music systems, and combinations of the two, for the concert stage, and collaborations with dance, video, and installation art.
In the band Modality he performs processed electric violin, bass guitar, and computer.
His research includes motion capture for musical performance, data sonification, telematic performance, and haptic musical instrument design.
His recent premieres include Il Prete Rosso, for amplified violin, motion sensor, and computer, that controls audio effects with a wireless motion sensor on the bow hand of the violinist, 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 the sound of rivers, and Nicolo, Jimi, and John, a three movement concerto, for amplified viola, orchestra, and computer, inspired by the virtuosity of Paganini, Hendrix, and Coltrane.