April 15, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Pianist Sever TipeiSever Tipei, a pianist/electro-acoustic composer, will give a performance Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Gallery Series.

The program includes computer-assisted (algorithmic) compositions by Tipei for computer-generated sounds and piano and fixed media. Tipei also will perform two of his solo piano pieces.

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Tipei immigrated to the United States in 1972. He holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the University of Michigan and Bucharest Conservatory, now National Academy of Music at Bucharest.

Since 1978, Tipei has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music where he also manages the Computer Music Project of the Experimental Music Studios.

Most of his compositions were produced with software he designed: MP1 — a computer-assisted composition program first used in 1973; DIASS and DISCO — programs for sound synthesis; and M4CAVE — software for the visualization of music in an immersive virtual environment. 

More recently, he and his collaborators have developed DISSCO, software that unifies computer-assisted (algorithmic) composition and (additive) sound synthesis into a seamless process. Between 1993 and 2003, he was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where he worked on the sonification of complex scientific data.

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.

The Gallery Series, a public program of experimental and world music, was founded by William Duckworth, professor emeritus of music, as part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music.