x'0D' (13). Extract from "raw cuts Experimental Music" by Sever Tipei

posted Dec 15, 2011, 7:38 AM by Jeff Ogden   [ updated Jun 1, 2014, 7:47 PM ]
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman Killing Herself with a "coup de telephone" in MI 48105 (1975), for four female voices, is the second computer-assisted composition generated with MP1. Similar to the cantus firmi in Renaissance music, fragments of five popular tunes, treated as Markov chains, are reproduced with various degrees of accuracy. The text:
I cannot judge by myself; I judge as I am bidden, and my sentence is just because my aim is not my own will but the will of him who sent me" (John 5:30).
illustrates the creative collaboration between the University of Michigan Terminal System and the human composer.

From  http://ems.music.uiuc.edu/people/tipei/Comp/Scores/portrait.pdf :

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman Killing Herself with a coup de telephone by Sever Tipei and The University of Michigan Terminal System

The text:

"I cannot judge by myself; I judge as I am bidden, and my sentence is just because my aim is not my own will but the will of him who sent me."
                                                                                   John 5:30

was chosen for its ability to stimulate the sensibility of The University of Michigan Terminal System and, also, to accurately describe our creative relationship.

From  http://ems.music.uiuc.edu/people/tipei/ :

Sever Tipei, Professor of Music and Manager Computer Music Project of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios, Composition-Theory Division School of Music University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Sever Tipei was born in 1943 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 in Bucharest). Sever Tipei has been teaching since 1978 at the University of Illinois School of Music where he manages the Computer Music Project of the UIUC Experimental Music Studios . Sever Tipei was also a visiting scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory between 1993 and 2003. MP1, his program for computer-assisted composition in use between 1973 and 1998, was the first such program to be implemented on a supercomputer ( NCSA 's CRAY X-MP), in 1986. In collaboration with Hans Kaper, Senior Mathematician at Argonne, Tipei is developing an Environmentfor Music Composition (EMC), which includes software for composition, sound synthesis, automatic music notation, and visualization of music in a virtual environment. DISSCO,sourceFORGE.net is part of EMC and represents a unified approach to composition and sound synthesis. Tipei and Kaper are also pursuing the idea of 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.

MP1, a Computer Program for Music Composition (.pdf file), Sever Tipei, Proc. Second Annual Music Computation Conference, (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, November 1975), pp. 68-82.
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