Nick Didkovsky

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Nick Didkovsky
Nick Didkovsky at The Stone
Background information
Born 1958
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist

Nick Didkovsky (born 1958) is a composer, guitarist, computer music programmer, and leader of the band Doctor Nerve.[1] He is a former student of Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros and Gerald Shapiro.[1]


Didkovsky formed Doctor Nerve in 1984.[2] He received a Masters in Computer Music from New York University in 1987 and went on to develop a Java music API called JMSL (Java Music Specification Language).[3] JMSL is a toolbox for algorithmic composition and performance. JMSL includes JScore, an extensible staff notation editor. JMSL can output music using either JavaSound or JSyn.[4] He has presented papers on his work at several conferences.[1]

Ensemble activities include founding the blackened grindcore band Vomit Fist in 2013.[5] He was a composing member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet for the ten years of the band's tenure, and has also played in John Zorn's band.[1]

His debut solo album was released in 1997 and featured contributions from Frith.[6] His second album, Body Parts, came out of a collaboration with Guigou Chenevier.[7]

Didkovsky has composed for or performed on a number of CDs including:

  • 1997
  • 1999, Upbeat, with the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet[8]
  • 2000, Ereia, with Doctor Nerve and the Sirius String Quartet
  • 2003, Bone - uses wrist grab, with Hugh Hopper and John Roulat

Didkovsky's music has also been arranged by the experimental music group Electric Kompany. He is a co-owner of the "$100 Guitar", a guitar which was circulated amongst many musicians (including Alex Skolnick, Fred Frith, and Nels Cline) for the recording of a concept album about the guitar.[9]

Solo discography

  • Binky Boy (1997), Punos
  • Body Parts (2000), Vand'Oeuvre
  • The Bright Lights The Big Time (2005), FMR
  • Tube Mouth Bow String (2006), Pogus
  • The $100 Guitar Project (2013), Bridge


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dorsch
  2. Taylor, Graham "Doctor Nerve" in Buckley, Peter (1999) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1858284576, pp. 302-3
  3. Didkovsky, Nick & Burk, Philip L. "Java Music Specification Language, an Introduction and Overview", in Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Computer Music Association, 2001, p. 123
  4. Dean, Roger T. (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music, OUP USA, ISBN 978-0195331615, p. 127
  6. Jurek
  7. Couture
  8. Schultze, Tom "Upbeat" in Bogdanov, Vladimir et al (2002) All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz, Backbeat Books, ISBN 978-0879307172, p. 443
  9. Kozinn, Allan (2013) "A Generic Guitar Inspires a Distinctive Project", The New York Times, April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014


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