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John Bischoff

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John Bischoff (born 1949 in San Francisco) has been creating electronic music both for solo performer and in computer network bands since 1973. He received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. His teachers in composition and electronic music have included Robert Moran, James Tenney, and Robert Ashley. He has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout the US including NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, and in Europe including the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Fylkingen in Stockholm, Het Apollohuis in Holland, and the Academie der Künste in Berlin. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers, the first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League's music that appears in "Foundations of Computer Music", MIT Press (1985). Since 1985 he has performed and recorded with the network band the Hub.

Recordings of his solo and network music are available on Lovely Music, Frog Peak Music, Centaur, and Rastascan Records, as well as Artifact Recordings.

He is currently on the faculty at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, in Oakland.

Bischoff believes the best strategy for a listener of electronic sound is to suspend the search for physical linkage and accept a sound world where signals are potentially ever-present at no additional cost in energy or effort for the performer - a world of continuous motion where physicality is reinvented on an imaginary plain.

CDs on which John Bischoff appears:

Tim Perkis/John BischoffArtificial HorizonArtifact1003