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TOM ERBE was born in Milwaukee in 1960 and spent his childhood surrounded by radio engineers and marching bands. He studied computer science and music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, receiving his BSCS in 1984. For three years he was the Technical Manager at CARL at the University of California, San Diego. There he was involved in development of a electronic violin, a DSP based sound processor and a generalized computer music workstation. In 1987 Tom became the Technical Director at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College. At CCM he has worked with composers Robert Ashley, David Rosenboom, Larry Polansky, James Tenney, as computer music and recording engineer. His technical work at CCM includes writing the program SoundHack, which brings spectral sound processing to the Macintosh and the design of a DSP based sound processor for use with the language HMSL. He has recently developed a 4-channel binaural audio processor for the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1993, Tom has joined the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts as Technical Director of the computer music studios.


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