Nick Hwang is a composer and sonic artist whose work explores connections in art, technology and interaction. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Nick earned his PhD in Compositional and Experimental Music & Digital Media at the Louisiana State University. Nick holds a Masters degree in Music Composition from Louisiana State University and B.A. in Theory and Composition from the University of Florida. His teachers have included James Paul Sain, Paul Koonce, Paul Richards, Paul Basler, Dinos Constantinides, and Stephen David Beck.
Nick has written music for large and small ensembles, including large orchestra, choir/voice, solo and chamber groups and combinations of electroacoustic music. He has written and arranged music for theatre and musical theatre. Performances and presentations include North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA); Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech); New Yrok City ElectroAcoustic Music Festival; Prospectives Festival in Reno, Nevada; National Student Electronic Music Event; Festival of Contemporary Music in Baton Rouge; the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York; the International Society of Improvised Music Conference (ISIM) in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Society of ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) in Miami, Florida; New Instruments of Musical Expression (NIME) in Ann Arbor, Michigan; ISEA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, TEDxLSU in Baton Rouge; and Fulbright Science and Technology Conference in New Orleans.
His research interests include live electronic/acoustic instrument performances, laptop ensembles, physical/gestural musical controls, and interactive musical systems. His on-going research projects include musical control involving touch surfaces, networked musical communication, laptop orchestra development, and programming for sound diffusion in loudspeaker orchestras.
Nick’s current dissertation research involves orchestral works involving electronic instruments, the creation of an embedded electronically driven acoustic instrument (AEMI, the actuated embedded musical instrument), and a concerto for the instrument.
Nick is particularly interested in collaborating with other artists and scholars. His collaborative work has been in performance and programming with The Three Computeers, [Sound | Mediation], and Tom LaPann (INTUIT). He has recently collaborated with Nick Erickson on Origin, a work for Movement Theatre performance in Edinburgh, Scotland. His collaborative efforts have always sought to create meaningful (often non-verbal) interactions through movement and sound.
Nick is currently teaching at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Nick’s teaching experience includes Computer Music instructor at LSU, Acoustic Composition at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Digital Media Instructor at Math, Science, & Art Academy of Iberville Parish Schools in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and private instructor for both acoustic and electronic composition.
Please refer to [ music ] to view a list of works and to view scores and hear performances.
When he is not composing, programming or building, Nick mentors college-bound high-schoolers in Baton Rouge through the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition BRYC, plays on and helps coach a number of Baton Rouge and LSU ultimate frisbee teams, and is currently vice president of the student-led Sonic Arts Collective at LSU (dedicated to the creation, discussion, and performance of electronic music/sound).