Charlie Williams is a new media artist and composer working with electronics, sound, software and video. His practice combines the physical (welding, soldering, woodworking) with the intangible (coding, composing, mixing). His work has been performed or exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Aspen Festival, Shanghai Expo, King’s Place Hall One (London), SXSW, CMJ, Cincinnati Conservatory, Northwestern University, TEDxAldeburgh, 44AD Artspace (Bath, UK), University of Cambridge, Gallerie Dynjandi (Bíldudalur, Iceland), and Studio XX (Montreal). His software has been featured as Apple's App of the Day and in WIRED magazine's top 100 apps.
New media artist Charlie Williams made his first creative mark partially disassembling his parents’ piano to capture the sound of ‘a rocket launch in a thunderstorm’. He eventually added in just enough concert technique to win the Northwestern University concerto competition, the Kenosha Symphony concerto competition, and a prize for 20th/21st-century music at the Shostakovich International piano competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He collaborated with multiple Grammy-award-winning new-music ensemble eighth blackbird at Cincinnati Conservatory’s Music09 in Cincinnati, and MusicX in Blonay (CH), with members of the group later commissioning an evolving sound-design work to support a performance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Selected for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme with Tod Machover (MIT Media Lab) and Milton Mermikides (Royal College of Music) he created e to one million places, a solo work for piano, live electronics, and live and prerecorded video, which he performed at King’s Place Hall One (London) and TEDxAldeburgh.
Continuing to work in increasingly technical media, he was awarded the Ritari Hyvämielksi, a Finnish ‘cultural knighthood’, for his installations at the Arteles Centre (FI). His cultural-commentary tech-intervention Cuddlr saw over a quarter-million downloads, global press coverage, and was named in WIRED magazine's top 100 apps. His algorithmic video work has screened at the Shanghai Expo and Museum of Rome. His contributions to music-recognition app Shazam were used by hundreds of millions of people and featured as Apple's App of the Day.
He holds an MPhil from University of Cambridge’s Centre for Music and Science and was named a “Rising Star” by the school’s Festival of Ideas. Since, he has published and presented work on musical aspects of human-computer interaction around the world.
Williams lives with his partner and family in the bucolic Georgian city of Bath (UK), where he doesn’t get his piano tuned as often as he should.
I'm a Senior/Lead iOS Developer with extensive experience in UI design, education, games, social apps, audio/video, location services, and client/server interaction. Previous clients & employers include Shazam, Cuddlr, The University of Cambridge Centre for Music & Science, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago. There aren't many Apple frameworks I haven't used at one point or another.
I am adamant about creative innovation, user experience, iterative design, and results-only team culture. I believe that with the right practice, developers can write code that will be easy to read and maintain in the future, while still shipping and iterating quickly. My personal apps and other projects have received accolades and are consistently rated highly by users; my past work for Shazam and others has been ecstatically received on social media and enjoyed by over 250 million people globally.
I do work around the world, for clients large and small; if you have a project you'd like to talk about, please get in touch. (No recruiters, please.)