Charlie Williams

I'm a software craftsperson, a musician, a maker and a teacher. My work has been performed or exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Aspen Festival, The Shanghai Expo, King’s Place Hall One (London), The Cincinnati Conservatory, Northwestern University (Chicago), and Studio XX (Montreal). In my practice, I often explore putting one art or technology form 'inside' another, as in using a live data stream to manipulate electronic sound; putting retro electronics in a crafted wooden enclosure; using pop sensibility in a virtuoso piano piece— or vice versa.

Music Video: "Beginning" (Larkhall)

Directed, shot & edited by Rhys Davies.

Homer: Kids Learn to Read App

Client work: iOS Development

Viscount Organ-Donor Bass Pedals

'70s organ, Teensyduino & woodworking.

Jingle+

Physical-modeling jingle bells app.

Larkhall

Minimal piano beauty; indie pop tunes

ShapeNote

Companion app for rural shout-singing.

Shazam

One of the most popular apps of all time; I made the main screen move to music.

SingSmash

A game controlled by singing.

e to one million places

Piece for piano, electronics, film & video

Embodied Musical Gesture as a Game Controller

Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge

Ankylosaur

Stop-motion music video feat. Waitress for the Bees.

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.)

Homer: Kids Learn to Read App

Client work: iOS Development

Jingle+

Physical-modeling jingle bells app.

ShapeNote

Companion app for rural shout-singing.

Shazam

One of the most popular apps of all time; I made the main screen move to music.

SingSmash

A game controlled by singing.

I'm a composer and pianist. My works include solo piano music, classically-influenced indie pop tunes, pieces for film and theatre, and multimedia/electronics pieces. Musicians I've worked with include multiple-Grammy-award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird; American composer Fredric Rzewski; pianists Sylvia Wang and Ursula Oppens; percussionists Matthew Duvall, Lisa Pegher, Cory Hills, Matthew Coley, Peter Martin, and Brett Dietz; flautist Tim Munro; artists Waitress for the Bees, The Cedar, Cajita, Canasta, Cole Burger, Benjamin Brunel, and D. Edward Davis.

Music Video: "Beginning" (Larkhall)

Directed, shot & edited by Rhys Davies.

Larkhall

Minimal piano beauty; indie pop tunes

e to one million places

Piece for piano, electronics, film & video

I'm a maker. Here's what I get up to with saws and soldering irons (and cameras and microcontrollers).

Viscount Organ-Donor Bass Pedals

'70s organ, Teensyduino & woodworking.

Ankylosaur

Stop-motion music video feat. Waitress for the Bees.