AES New York 2019 Presenter or Author

James W. Beauchamp

Primary Affiliation: Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Urbana, IL, USA

James W. Beauchamp earned B.S. (1960) and M.S. (1961) degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. After working as an engineer in Los Angeles for a year, he began a PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while being supported by a Magnavox grant administered by Music Prof. Lejaren Hiller, who was one of the first to develop programs for computer composition. His EE dissertation topic was "Electronic Music Instrumentation for the Synthesis, Control, and Analysis of Harmonic Musical Tones". The primary subtopic was a description of a synthesizer he built called the HarmonicTone Generator, which resulted in an AES preprint (1964) and a JAES paper (1966). After graduation in 1965 he joined UIUC's EE department and taught courses in acoustics and circuit theory, and with the support of grants from NSF and the Magnavox Corp. he began research in time-varying spectral analysis and synthesis of musical sounds via computer. This work resulted in a chapter in the book Music By Computers (Wiley, 1969) that he co-edited with Heinz von Foerster, also at UIUC. In 1968 he took a year's leave of absence to study speech recognition at Stanford University. Returning to UIUC in 1969 he became an associate professor of both EE and Music and taught courses that were cross-listed between the two departments, while also directing the UIUC Experimental Music Studio(s), teaching a course in computer music, and developing a small hybrid computer-plus-synthesizer system that afforded real-time synthesis. In 1985 he cofounded and directed the Computer Music Project, where two software packages were developed: Music 4C, for music synthesis from an alpha-numeric score, and SNDAN, for musical sound analysis/synthesis. His continued development of SNDAN resulted in a chapter in the book Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds (Springer, 2007).
He is a fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America, and has served on various committees of the ASA. In 1988 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. During 1994-95 he was a visiting researcher at the Institut de recherche et coordination in acoustique musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France. Since retirement in 1997 he has continued to research, publish articles, and give papers on musical acoustics at professional meetings, many of them in collaboration with current and former UIUC students.

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Session List

Oct 19: EB7: Audio Signal Processing
Multi-Scale Auralization for Multimedia Analytical Feature Interaction (Author)
Modeling between Partial Components for Musical Timbre Imitation and Migration (Author)

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