Charles Céleste Hutchins was born in San Jose, California in 1976, and lives in London, England. He is a member of the board of directors of Other Minds, an organisation that produces an annual festival in San Francisco.
Hutchins attended Mills College in Oakland, California, where he studied with Maggi Payne and acquired a love for the sound of analog electronics. In 1998 he graduated with a dual B.A. in music and computer science. In 2005, Charles graduated from the M.A. program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where he studied computer music and Supercollider with Ron Kuivila and improvisation with Anthony Braxton. Following that, he attended the year long course at CCMIX in France and then the Sonology course at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. He is about to submit his PhD dissertation at the University of Birmingham in England, where he studied with Scott Wilson.
He has performed in North America – in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Canada and Connecticut – and in Europe- in England, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. His music has been played on European and American radio.
He is exploring using his computer to do things that his analogue synthesiser cannot do, including just intonation and granular synthesis. His most recent work has concentrated on live laptop performance, especially in an ensemble setting.