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John Bischoff

Computer and Electronic Music
John Bischoff (b. 1949, San Francisco) has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers in 1978, the world’s first computer network band, with Jim Horton and Rich Gold. He is also a founding member of The Hub, a computer network band that has further developed the network music form since 1987. Recordings of Bischoff’s work are available on Artifact, 23Five, Tzadik, and Lovely Music. A solo CD titled "Audio Combine" was release by New World Records and was named Best of 2012 by WIRE magazine. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 24 2015 7:30 PM
Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA, 94801]
Point Richmond Jazz, continues their exciting and eclectic concert series highlighting the best in violin-based jazz and improvisational music. On Friday, April 24, 2015 Point Richmond Jazz will present Peabody Conservatory trained 5-string violinist, Enion Pelta-Tiller and her guitarist and mandolinist husband, David Pelta-Tiller’s unique group, TAARKA, described by Synthesis Magazine as a combination of “Roma, Klezmer and jazz, infusing their rousing and exciting tunes with breakneck Zappa-esque breakdowns and insurmountable gusto. Regardless of your particular musical tastes, Taarka is a band that simply must be witnessed.”

TAARKA has just released a new CD “Making Tracks Home.” Their home is in Lyon, Colorado, a small town that was almost wiped out in 2013 with a well-publicized flood that destroyed their home. Left homeless, they headed for David’s childhood home in Virginia, where, (according to Colorado Public Radio they began writing songs inspired by the flood and its aftermath. Enion was inspired by older flood songs, like Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues” about the 1927 Mississippi River flood. “I took that as sort of a model,” says Enion, who wrote her own flood song, “River’s Eddy Blues,” for the album.  More...
CDs on which John Bischoff appears:
Tim Perkis/John Bischoff Artificial Horizon
Artist: Tim Perkis/John Bischoff
Title: Artificial Horizon
Label: Artifact 1003
Label page on this site: Artifact
Artifact 1003
Now available to play online: Chris Brown & John Bischoff "Eternal Network Music" two real-time sound pieces for quartets of networked players at either of these locations: Crossfade or Walker Art These pieces run in your browser on both PC and Mac, and require a one-time installation of Phil Burk's "JSyn" java plugin, which is easily installed through links at the site. Collaborate online with other players, or make an appointment through the online calendar. See also Brown and Bischoff's article at the same Crossfade site "Indigenous to the Net: Early Network Music in the San Francisco Bay Area" for some historical background on the network music genre.