Chuck Johnson

Composer: Private Violence


Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on fingerstyle guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. Recordings of his work have been published by Strange Attractors Audio House, Communion, Amish, Merge, Umbrella, Phaserprone, Squealer and Three Lobed. Johnson has performed at the Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Siren Fest (New York), BENT (New York), the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Music for People and Thingamajigs (San Francisco), and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Johnson’s credits as a composer for film and television include Brett Ingram’s award-winning documentary Monster Road and the PBS program A Chef's Life. He collaborates with composer and sound designer Stefan Smith on Smith and Johnson Sound - a film and television composition and audio post-production partnership. In 2009 he received an MFA in Electronic Music and Intermedia Art from Mills College.

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