Atau Tanaka


Atau Tanaka bridges the fields of experimental music, and scientific research in embodied human-computer interaction. He has worked at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris. Atau creates sensor-based musical instruments, and is known for his work with biosignal interfaces. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures and would go to on re-create Cage’s Variations VII with Matt Wand and :zoviet*france:. In the 90’s he formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide. In the Tokyo scene he has played alongside artists like Merzbow, Otomo, KK Null and others. He has released solo, group, and compilation recordings on the labels Sub Rosa, Bip-hop, Caipirinha Music, Touch/Ash, Sonoris, Sirr-ecords. His work has been presented at Ars Electronica, SFMOMA, Eyebeam, V2, NTT-ICC, and ZKM. He has been mentor at NESTA and was Artistic Co-Director of STEIM. He is Professor of Media Computing and a member of the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction research unit at Goldsmiths in London.