Born in New Zealand, Barry Vercoe was a founding member of the MIT Media Laboratory, where he is currently a Professor of Music and Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Associate Academic Head of the Program in Media Arts & Sciences.
Barry pioneered the composition of works combining computers and live instruments. In 1983 he developed a Synthetic Performer -- a computer that could listen to other performers and play its own part in musical sync, even learning from rehearsals. He won the 1992 Computer World / Smithsonian Award in Media Arts and Entertainment and the 2004 SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award.
His several Music Synthesis languages are used around the world, and a variant of his Csound and NetSound languages has recently been adopted as the core of MPEG-4 audio -- an international standard that enables efficient transmission of audio over the Internet.