Colin James Woods is an Irish born freelance artist and sonic practitioner based in Auckland, (Aotearoa/ New Zealand). Colin was born in Belfast (N.Ireland) and first came to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2002. He was previously guitarist with Irish punk band Music For the Deaf (not the later US band of the same name) and participant in UK/Ireland based Allotropes experimental collective. After spending 30 years working a scientist in pathology laboratories, Colin went back to study, gaining a Diploma in Contemporary Music (from Unitec, Auckland), BMus (Hons) in Composition from University of Auckland, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Technology from AUT (Auckland). He is currently a PhD candidate at AUT, where his research topic revolves around the notion of the artist as co-creator.
Colin is a SOUNZ represented composer.
His interests include experimental music (both composed and improvised), site specific installations, video, song writing, performance, and composition for conventional solo instruments and ensembles. He has been a regular participant in the Auckland improv collective Vitamin S and is one half of the duo Toy Triptech (with Rohan Evans, owner of the iconic Wine Cellar venue). His work featured in his solo exhibition It’s for You at the Audio Foundation (Auckland) in November 2017.
His long term project, Braid Gabs is investigating the contemporary positioning of Ulster Scots culture via structured video interviews. Colin is currently back in Auckland editing source material collected in Ireland during 2018/2019, reworking/extending his I Just Called and Room for You projects, and continuing to compose and create sound and video works.
Colin is also a major shareholder and director of vegan food company Angel Food.