Atau Tanaka


Atau Tanaka creates music for sensor instruments, mobile infrastructures, and democratized digital forms. 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: Atau is a U.S. expatriate overseas for 20 years. In the 90’s he formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide and then moved to Japan and came in contact with the noise music scene, playing with Merzbow, Otomo, and KK Null. His work has been presented at NTT/ICC Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and Eyebeam, Wood Street Gallery, and SFMOMA. He has been artistic ambassador for Apple, researcher for Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) Paris, artistic co-director of STEIM, and director of Culture Lab Newcastle. He is currently CTO of Clicmobile in Paris and in London is building a new research team on gesture and music with funding from the European Research Council (ERC) as part of EAVI at Goldsmiths Digital Studios.

  • Work
    • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Education
    • Harvard University
    • Stanford University
    • Peabody Conservatory of Music