Atau Tanaka studied Physical Sciences at Harvard and has a doctorate in Computer Music Composition from Stanford University’s CCRMA. He was awarded the Prix de Paris to conduct research in Paris at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou. 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 and then moved to Japan, playing with Merzbow, Otomo, and KK Null. His work has been presented at NTT/ICC Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Eyebeam, Wood Street Gallery, and SFMOMA. He has been artistic ambassador for Apple, was the first artist to be engaged as researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL. His work has been supported by the Daniel Langlois Foundation, UK and French research funding bodies, and the European Research Council (ERC). He has been mentor at NESTA, Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam, Director of Culture Lab Newcastle, CTO of the mobile startup Clicmobile, and is currently Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.