Michael Walthius is an American composer born on the South Side of Chicago in 1957. His musical education started when he started learning the piano in 1964. Throughout school he would continue to play the piano in various school bands, choirs and musical productions. In high school, he played in a rock/pop band in which he played an electric piano and synthesiser, both borrowed from a friend. He also had his first experience with electronic music composition when he completed an independent study project in his senior year.