Christopher Hopkins is a composer, performer, and researcher in human-computer interaction. His work includes compositions in both experimental and traditional forms, with special interests respectively in electroacoustic music and dialectics of historical and contemporary forms. His research in human-computer interaction coordinates sound synthesis with 3-D haptic virtual environments (VE-SoundSynth). Recent research related to composition and contemporary music includes computer-assisted techniques for composition using inharmonic spectra, phonological description of unusual performance techniques, and innovative computer-based musical notations. He is on the board of directors of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) as Director of Conferences. His compositions have been performed at major festivals in Basel, Grenoble, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Melbourne, New York, Tanglewood, Toronto, Vienna, and Zürich. His music has also been heard in recent SEAMUS national conferences and from concert stages in England, Holland, and Switzerland. Media broadcasts including his work have been heard over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Östereichischer Rundfunk, Radio Canada, WNYC, and Public Radio International. He works appear on the Innova and SEAMUS labels.
Dr. Hopkins is also a 'cellist, conductor, and violist da gamba.
As an educator at Iowa State University in the U.S., he has developed a Minor in Music Technology, and an Integrated Electronic Arts Cluster for Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. He is director of the Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music. His earlier positions were at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and Syracuse University.