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JOHN BISCHOFF (b. 1949 San Francisco) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his work in computer network music. Bischoff's music is built from intrinsic features of the electronic medium: high definition noise components, tonal edges, imperfections, transitions, digital shading, and non-linear motion. Through empirical play and investigation he builds pieces that can be described as sonic sculptures, shaped in real-time and present for the duration of a performance. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, and Robert Ashley. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years as a composer, performer, teacher, and grassroots activist. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, Experimental Intermedia, Roulette Intermedium, and the Beyond Music Festival. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künst in Berlin, Fylkingen in Stockholm, and TUBE in Munich. He was a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers in 1978, 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 whom he performed and recorded from 1985 to 1996. In 1999 he received an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, NYC, in recognition of his music. Recordings of his work are available on Lovely Music, Frog Peak, and Artifact Recordings. A solo album, APERTURE, is recently released on 23FIVE INC. He is currently a Lecturer in Computer Music and on staff as Studios Coordinator at the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, in Oakland, California. (2004)