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Atau Tanaka conducts research in embodied musical and human-computer interaction. He studied under Ivan Tcherepnin at Harvard and with John Chowning at Stanford University’s CCRMA. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures and would go to on re-create Cage’s Variations VII. Atau has carried out research at IRCAM Centre Pompidou, as Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and as researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) Paris. His performances of muscle interaction in music and networked audiovisual installations have been presented at Ars Electronica, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Eyebeam NYC, Southbank Meltdown London, NTT-ICC Tokyo, and ZKM Karlsruhe. His research has been supported by the European Research Council (ERC), and UK research and arts councils He has been mentor at the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology & Art (NESTA) and was Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam and Edgar Varèse guest professor at TU Berlin. He is Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Field of expertise
interactive music, physical computing, corporeal gesture, sound