Artist: John Bischoff

John Bischoff (b. 1949) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his pioneering work in computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the Bay Area for over 25 year as a composer, performer, teacher, and grassroots activist. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and the World Music Concert Series at Wesleyan University to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world’s first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League’s music that appears in “Foundations of Computer Music” (MIT Press 1985). From 1985 to 1996 he performed and recorded with the network band the Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York in recognition of his music. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/ Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. Recordings of his work are available on Lovely Music, Centaur, Artship, and Artifact Recordings as well as an upcoming release on 23Five.


May 1, 2004
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