Atau Tanaka read Physical Sciences at Harvard and obtained a doctorate in Computer Music Composition from Stanford University’s CCRMA. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures. He was awarded Stanford’s Prix de Paris to conduct research at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou. He has been artistic ambassador for Apple Computer, and was the first artist to be engaged as researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL). His work, creating music for interactive systems, mobile infrastructures, and democratized digital forms has been presented at NTT/ICC Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Eyebeam, Wood Street Gallery, SFMOMA, and Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank. He 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, and is currently Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths.