John Bischoff


MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522
Thursday, May 2 at 4:15 p.m.

Free Association: Snapshots of an Electroacoustic Musical History

Composer John Bischoff will present a slideshow with audio examples outlining his 40-year history creating electronic music for solo performance and in network bands. He will also discuss his recent piece for laptop and analog circuit titled Field Transfer. Discussion is welcome.

JOHN BISCHOFF (b. 1949, San Francisco) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of 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 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago 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 the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York in recognition of his music. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published "A Musical Technography of John Bischoff" in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Two important retrospective CD packages documenting network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records 2007) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik 2008). Recordings of his work are also available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Centaur, and Artifact Recordings. A new solo CD titled Audio Combine was released on New World Records last year and was included among the Best of 2012 by The Wire Magazine. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.