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Atau Tanaka (eavi.goldsmithsdigital.com) will present twenty years of work in corporeal interaction with computer music systems, with a focus on electro-myogram based muscle interfaces. He will talk us through his artistic practise and academic research as well as his work in the music technology industry.

In addition, the event will feature a demo, and samples of his recent projects on biophysical musical interfaces in collaboration with MyoBitalino and Rebel Technology, with working prototypes available for attendees to try out!

The event will also feature composer and sound artist Miguel Ortiz from Goldsmiths University. Miguel will show various EMG data acquisition devices and provide a hands on introduction to the basics of using EMG in Music/Sound contexts using MaxMSP.

Atau Tanaka creates musical instruments using sensing technology to capture movements and gestures of the performer’s body. Atau studied at CCRMA Stanford, and conducted research in Paris at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures at Harvard 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 and then moved to Japan, playing with Merzbow, Otomo, and KK Null. His work has been presented at the ICA, NTT/ICC Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Eyebeam, Wood Street Gallery, and SFMOMA. He has been Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam and is Professor of Media Computing in the Embodied Audio Visual Interaction (EAVI) research unit of Goldsmiths.


Eventbrite - Atau Tanaka - Artist Talk at Music Hackspace


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Caption from Global String (2001)a multi-site network music installation, connected via the internet, by Atau Tanaka in collaboration with Kasper Toeplitz.






This programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.



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