- John Bischoff (musician)
John Bischoff (born ) is an American composer, musical performer, teacher and grassroots activist best known as an early pioneer of live computer music. He also gained fame for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his ground-breaking work in computer network bands.
A native of
San Francisco, John Bischoff is the son of painter Elmer Bischoff. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree from California Institute of the Artsin 1971 and his Master of Fine Artsfrom Oakland's Mills Collegein 1973, he studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenneyand Robert Ashley. Subsequently he became active in the San Francisco Bay Areaexperimental music scene where he spent over 25 years performing, composing and teaching. He has participated in San Francisco's New Music Americafestival in 1981 and New York City's in 1989, where he also performed at Experimental Intermedia and Roulette Intermedium as well as at Los Angeles' Beyond Music Festival. His performance venues in Europe have included the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Kunst in Berlin, Fylkingenin Stockholm, and TUBE in Munich. In 1978 he was a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, considered to be the world's first Computer Network Band, and he co-authored an article on the League's music that appears in "Foundations of Computer Music" ( MIT Press, 1985). He was also a founding member of the network band The Hub with which he performed and recorded from 1985 to 1996. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from New York's Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in recognition of his music.
John Bischoff has continued as a visiting professor and composer at Mills College and is associated with its Center for Contemporary Music.
Recordings of John Bischoff's work are available on:
A solo album, APERTURE is available on:
* [http://www.mills.edu/academics/faculty/mus/bischoff/bischoff.php Mills College - John Bischoff]
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