Niels Böttcher is currently a PhD student at Aalborg university in Copenhagen.
His research is about procedural audio for computer games.
He has done a lot of work within interaction design, new interfaces for musical expression and sound synthesis in general.
His main interest within the field of audio is Sonification, procedural & realtime synthesized audio for games and mapping strategies between gestures and sound in new musical interfaces.
For his master thesis he created an interface and synthesizer called Physmism (in collaboration with Steven Gelineck). The general idea about this interface was to make a platform, where artists could explore the more creative side of physical modeing synthesis.
His main software is Max/MSP and this is also the software he will use when teaching at the sonic college.
Besides this he is also a saxophone player, dj and musician
Besides his research he is also the owner of an indie record label, jenka music, who is behind names such as Sofus Forsberg, Band Ane, Analogik, Je m'appelle Mads and many others.
As part of the record label Niels has been working as a booking agent for several danish and international acts, including bands such as Analogik, Band Ane, Mouse on Mars, tarwater, ™ schneider and many others.
For many years he was part of the danish group Je m'appelle Mads as the character Bounty Niller. The group performed all over Denmark, as well as parts of europe (including festivals such as Sonar festival in Barcelona in 2004).
In 2008-2009 he was working as project recruitment at the national tv station danish radio (DR1 & DR2) creating and acting on varies satire programs on tv. (Bonjour og godaw, Le quiz team and others)
Niels has many years of experience in teaching at Aalborg university in Copenhagen, where he has been teaching courses such as audio design, introduction to programming, graphic design and interaction design among other things.
At the sonic college Niels is teaching in sound design for computer games as well as Max/MSP. He will also be hosting a course called sonification for welfare technology, which will focus on sound design for welfare technology, sonification, advanced Max/MSP programming and more.Recently he gave a talk at the New Media Days conference in Copenhagen about his current PhD work.