Otto Laske was born in Breslau/Wroclaw in what is now Poland. He obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as a member of the Frankfurt School and, as a Fulbright student, a M. Mus. In Composition at New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA.
After teaching philosophy and musicology in Canada, Otto studied and taught at the Instituut voor Sonologie, Utrecht, The Netherlands (1970-75). Through his work in Utrecht, he became known as a cognitive musicologist focused on artificial intelligence research (1970-1992), and a composer of computer music, both acoustic and electronic. Through his work in organizations, he turned developmental psychologist, writing a second dissertation in 1999, on which his social-science work is based (www.interdevelopmentals.org).
As an artist, Otto’s work began in poetry at age 17 and continued in music composition from age 24 to 74 (www.ottolaske.com). He turned to visual arts in 2010, working exclusively digitally in animation, painting, graphics, and photography.