Atau Tanaka is a Japanese-American composer and performer currently based in Tokyo. In his performance Corporeal, Tanaka uses physical gestures to articulate music and sound synthesis and real-time imagetransformation. Using BioMuse, he tracks electrical activity (EMG) in the forearms of the performer. This analog voltage information is sent to the computer where it is transformed into digital data. “The micro functions of the body are amplified to macro level media projection. The inner space of the body is articulated into the public space of performance transformation and re-coding of the biological information.” (Tanaka) Tanaka began his work in multimedia in 1984 at the Boston Film/Video Foundation. He studied electronic music with Ivan Tcherepnin at Harvard, and computer music at ccrma at Stanford University. Tanaka moved to Paris in 1992 to conduct research at IRCAM. He has worked with Fred Frith and the studio STEIM in Amsterdam to create an interactive art gallery.
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