Sever Tipei

Professor Emeritus
Director James W. Beauchamp Computer Music Project
Center Affiliate National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Center Affiliate School of Information Sciences (Ischool)
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

1995 ICMC - Banff, Canada
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    • Music Building 
      1114 West Nevada St. 
      Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
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Sever Tipei was born in Bucharest, Romania, immigrated to the United States in 1972 and became a U.S. citizen in 1978. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and in piano performance from the Bucharest Conservatory (now National University of Music at Bucharest). Sever Tipei taught between 1978 and 2021 at the University of Illinois School of Music He continues to teach at the School of Information Sciences (Ischool) where he directs the Computer Music Project ; he is also a NCSA Center Affiliate.
Tipei's program for computer-assisted composition MP1, in use between 1973 and 1998, was the first such program to be implemented on a supercomputer ( NCSA 's CRAY X-MP), in 1986. Between 1994 and 2003 Sever Tipei also had a Faculty Appointment (Visiting Scientist) at the Argonne National Laboratory. In collaboration with Hans Kaper, Senior Mathematician (now retired), at Argonne Tipei worked on developing an Environment for Music Composition (EMC), that included software for composition, sound synthesis, automatic music notation, and visualization of music in a virtual environment. Tipei and Kaper have also pursued the sonification of complex scientific data. A more recent project, DISSCO, a Digital Instrument for Sound Synthesis and Composition, available on represents a unified approach to composition and sound synthesis.

Tipei regards the computer as a collaborator whose skills and abilities complement those of the human artist. He sees the composition of music both as an experimental and a speculative endeavor that delivers a particular world view.

To find out more about Sever Tipei use one of the following links:

Computer Music Project | DISSCO ]