Peter Castine was born in New York City on a Sunday in the year of the snake. Studies of composition, piano, and computer science in Stony Brook and Berlin were followed by work as a performer, concert and conference organizer, and developer of software-based musical instruments. Past projects include the Berlin Arts Company (cofounder) and the International Computer Music Conference 2000 (chair). As a developer of music software he has worked and consulted for MakeMusic (Finale), Skoog Music, FutureAcoustic, and DSPAudio, as well as having created the Litter Power Package (plug-ins for the software Max). Castine’s compositions range from orchestral works and opera to chamber music and electroacoustic works. He currently lives in Berlin, where he composes, contributes to Computer Music Journal as managing editor, plays organ and piobaireachd, and herds cats.