Christopher Farstad (b. 1986, Minneapolis, MN) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer of electro-acoustic music. A founding member of the group Food Pyramid, he has released recordings as 555 through labels such as Moon Glyph and Constellation Tatsu. His work incorporates traditional instruments, non-idiomatic synthesizer experimentation and avant-garde contortions of field recordings, samples, and MIDI. He has performed music as well as conceptual sound art installations in both academic and non-academic contexts.
He is also an enthusiastic scholar of Carnatic music history, curating a cassette series of idiosyncratic and distinctive members of this canon under the Bio-Vita imprint. He DJs music of all sorts as Bio-Vita Sound System.