Dr. Stephen David Beck is Associate Vice President as well as the Derryl & Helen Haymon Professor of Music. He holds a joint appointment at the Center for Computation & Technology, where he previously served as the Area Head for the Cultural Computing focus area and Director of the AVATAR Initiative in Digital Media. He was also Interim Director of the center from 2008-2010.
As AVP, he represents research and creativity activity within the arts, humanities, social and behavioral science disciplines. He is also responsible for the organization and management of the Council on Research, or CoR, funding and award programs, ongoing assessment of research administrative procedures, research policy development and implementation, faculty development workshops and proposal development, facilitation of interdisciplinary research activities, various aspects of the federally mandated research compliance program as well as certain centers that report to ORED.
Dr. Beck received his Ph.D. in music composition and theory from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988, and held a Fulbright Fellowship in 1985-86 where he was 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, and music over networks, and laptop orchestras.
His current research includes sound diffusion systems, high–performance computing applications in music, music over networks and laptop orchestras. Beck’s music has been performed throughout the world, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, Sao Paolo Bienal ’91, SCREAM Radio Series, Concert Band Directors National Association Biennial, North American Saxophone Alliance, New Music America, World Harp Congress, and on the Triforium Series in Los Angeles. His music and writings have been published by G. Shirmer, MIT Press, and the Computer Music Journal, and his music has been recorded on the SEAMUS, EMF and Gothic record labels.
Dr. Beck has also presented lectures and papers on his research in interactive computer music and high-performance computing applications in the arts at recent meetings of the International Computer Music Conference, the Global Grid Forum, the Teaching in Higher Education (THE) Forum, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), SIGGRAPH, and the Society of Composers, Inc. He has served in leadership positions of both SEAMUS (President, 1996-2000) and ICMA (Music Coordinator and Regional Director-Americas), and co-founded the Electric LaTex electronic music festival.