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Atau Tanaka

Keynote Speaker III

Atau Tanaka studied electronic music with Ivan Tcherepnin (brother of modular synthesizer designer Serge) at Harvard University. There he met John Cage during his Norton Lectures. Tanaka went on to carry out his doctoral work with John Chowning and Max Mathews at CCRMA Stanford and there began his work with the BioMuse (ICMC1993).


Atau has carried out research at IRCAM, Apple France, and Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) Paris in areas of music human-computer interaction (HCI), network performance, and human-centred machine learning.


In the ’90s he formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide and performed in the Japanese noise scene. He has performed at festivals such as Ars Electronica, WOMAD, Sonar, CTM, and exhibited at Eyebeam, the Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin and SFMOMA.


His research has been supported by the European Research Council (ERC), UK and French research councils. He was artistic co-director of STEIM Amsterdam and Edgard-Varèse Guest Professor at TU Berlin.


He is professor at Goldsmiths, and works with Bristol Interaction Group and MSH Paris Nord.

Atau Tanaka
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