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Atau Tanaka first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures at Harvard where he studied with Ivan Tcherepnin. He did his doctorate with John Chowning at Stanford University’s CCRMA and went on to conduct research at IRCAM. He formed Sensorband in the 90s with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide and performed in Japan with Merzbow, Otomo, and KK Null. In 2008 he re-staged Cage’s Variations VII with Matt Wand and :zoviet*france:. His work has been presented at Ars Electronica, ZKM, Club Transmediale, The Stone, SFMOMA, Southbank, and Sonar. He has been researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris and Artistic Co-Director of STEIM. He is Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London.