Jean-François Charles

Composition, Digital Arts
Associate Professor
Composition/Music Theory Area Head

Jean-François Charles is a composer, clarinetist, and live electronics designer. After obtaining an MSc in electrical engineering at the National Institute for Applied Sciences in Lyon, he studied in Strasbourg with the Italian composer Ivan Fedele. As a clarinetist, he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the world premiere and recording of Rechter Augenbrauentanz. He earned his PhD in music/composition at Harvard, where he studied with Hans Tutschku, Chaya Czernowin, Julian Anderson, Helmut Lachenmann, Gunther Schuller, and others.

His article “A Tutorial on Spectral Sound Processing using Max/MSP and Jitter” published in the Computer Music Journal has helped many electronic musicians integrate spectral sound processing into live performances, compositions, or their own software creations. Since the summer of 2016, he has been responsible for the live electronic music program at the Composit music festival in Rieti, Italy.

He has collaborated with musicians for creations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. After serving as deputy director at the Brest Conservatory (Bretagne, France), he joined the School of Music at the University of Iowa in 2016 as an assistant professor in composition and digital arts. His research interests include the creation of new musical instruments at the crossroads of acoustics and electronics.

Research areas
  • Composition and music theory
Portrait of Jean-François Charles
Contact Information

University of Iowa
5421 Voxman Music Building (VOX)
93 East Burlington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States