Nicolas Collins

Nicolas Collins

Nicolas Collins was born in New York City in 1954. He studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. He has performed as a composer and presented audio installations throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan. His work is represented on many recordings and has been broadcast on radio and television around the world. He was a pioneer in the use of microcomputers in live performance, and has made extensive use of "home-made" electronic circuitry, radio, found sound material, and transformed musical instruments. His recent work emphasizes spoken word, and combines idiosyncratic electronics with conventional acoustic instruments

Nicolas Collins is also prominent as a curator of performance and installation art, and has been a board member, curator and policy advisor for numerous cultural organizations, including PS1, The Clocktower, The Kitchen, Roulette, Studio PASS, the Relache ensemble, De IJsbreker, Podewil and the Internationalen Musikfestwochen Luzern. In 1992 he relocated from New York to the Netherlands, where he was for three years Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM in Amsterdam. In 1996-97 he was a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. He lives in Berlin with his wife, writer Susan Tallman, and their son and daughter.

Nicolas Collins Discography


VR 1701 Ron Kuivila & Nicolas Collins Ron Kuivila & Nicolas Collins - Going Out With Slow Smoke(LP) Lovely Music, Ltd. VR 1701 US 1982 Sell This Version
VR 1712 Nicolas Collins Let The State Make The Selection(LP) Lovely Music, Ltd. VR 1712 US 1984 Sell This Version
Nicolas Collins Devil's Music Trace Elements Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Vol. 3 Larry Wendt / Nicolas Collins Larry Wendt / Nicolas Collins - Slowscan Vol. 3(Cass, Ltd, C60) Slowscan Vol. 3 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
TE-1016 Nicolas Collins / Robert Poss Nicolas Collins / Robert Poss - Inverse Guitar(Cass, C45) Trace Elements Records TE-1016 US 1988 Sell This Version
TE 1018 Nicolas Collins 100 Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies(CD) Trace Elements Records TE 1018 US 1989 Sell This Version
TE 1019 Nicolas Collins It Was A Dark And Stormy Night(CD) Trace Elements Records TE 1019 US 1992 Sell This Version
PL 07 Peter Cusack & Nicolas Collins Peter Cusack & Nicolas Collins - A Host, Of Golden Daffodils(CD, Album) Plate Lunch PL 07 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
P 0060 Nicolas Collins Sound Without Picture(CD, Album) Periplum P 0060 US 1999 Sell This Version
TR 02 Nicolas Collins Roomtone Variations | Still Lives | Walking the Gamot(CDr, Album, Ltd, Num) Tsonami Records TR 02 Chile 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

listen 002 Nicolas Collins Pea Soup(CD, Mini) Apestaartje listen 002 US 2005 Sell This Version


BP- 34 Nicolas Collins Real Landscape(Cass, Ltd, C50) Banned Production BP- 34 US 1987 Sell This Version