Atau Tanaka is an artist-developer, who bridges the fields of media art, experimental music, and
research, creating interactive
music pieces for concert performance, fixed interactive
media, and network.
sensor-based musical instruments for performance, and is known for his
work with biosignal interfaces. Physical
interfaces are his instruments, and the network is a natural
space for this music. His performances use corporeal gesture
to articulate music and sound synthesis and real time image
transformation. He seeks to harness collective musical
creativity in mobile environments, seeking out the continued place of
the artist in democratized digital forms. He has performed, solo or in collaboration (e.g. Sensorband, S.S.S.), in Europe, North
America, and Japan, and his work has been presented
at Ars Electronica, SFMOMA, Eyebeam, V2, ICC, and ZKM and has been
mentor at NESTA.
He lives between the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
This transcultural perspective is reflected as his artistic
activities move from concert to installation to recorded
media, from acoustic to electronic to experimental. He worked at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France,
and researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris; he was Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam, and he is the Chair for Digital Media at the Culture Lab Newcastle.
In 2000, he published in the context of V2_'s Machine Times, the essay Speed of Sound.