JOHN BISCHOFF (b. 1949, San Francisco) has been active in the experimental electronic music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time computer synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. His perfor-mances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 (SF) and 1989 (NYC), Lampo (Chicago), and the Beyond Music Festival (LA). He has performed numerous times in Europe at such venues as the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Tesla in Berlin, Fylkingen in Stockholm, T-U-B-E in Munich, and Skolska 28 in Prague . He was a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers (1978) and he co-authored an article on the League's music that appears in "Foundations of Computer Music" (MIT Press 1985). He is also a founding member of the network band The Hub that recently released a 3-CD set titled “Boundary Layer” on the Tzadik label. In 1999 he received an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NYC) in recognition of his music. Recordings of his work are available on Artifact, 23Five, Tzadik, and Lovely Music. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Sidewalk Chatter (Redux) (2009/2010)
employs a STEIM “crackle box” as a sound-making input. As a performer plays the box by touching the circuit’s traces, a computer program analyses loudness peaks and frequency components and generates its own synthesized voices based on those patterns. This version, which was ported to SuperCollider from my original MaxMSP patch by Chad McKinney, adds spatial motions which track the diverse sonic contours within the sounds themselves. Many thanks to Chad for his help.