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Stephen David Beck

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Stephen David Beck


Stephen David Beck (b. 1959, San Diego, Calif.) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Beck received his Ph.D. in music composition and theory from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988, where he studied with Henri Lazarof, Elaine Barkin, Alden Ashforth, Paul Reale and Roger Bourland. From 1985-86, he held a Fulbright Fellowship as a researcher at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France. His current research includes sound diffusion systems, high-performance computing applications in music, music interaction with alternative interfaces, music software for laptops and mobile devices, and virtual music instruments.

He is the Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Composition and Computer Music at the LSU School of Music. He currently serves as Associate Vice President for the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development.

His music has been performed throughout the world, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, NYC Electronic Music Festival, Sao Paolo Bienal, SCREAM Radio Series, Concert Band Directors National Association Biennial, International Double Reed Society, North American Saxophone Alliance, New Music America, World Harp Congress, and on the Triforium Series in Los Angeles.

Most recently, he has been guest composer at the 2014 Southwest Electronic Music Festival in Phoenix, AZ, the VII Festival Internacional Alfredo De Saint Malo in Panama City, Panama, and at the 2013 Festival de Internacional de Inverno UFSM in Vale Vêneto, Brazil. His music and writings have been published by G. Schirmer, MIT Press, and the Computer Music Journal, and his music has been recorded on the SEAMUS, EMF and Gothic record lables.

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