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* 1950 in Chicago, Illinois (USA); Stephen Beck holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and also studied at the University of Illinois, Urbana in electronics and electronic music. He constructed his first Direct Video Synthesizer in 1969, and another synthesizer while affiliated with the National Center for Experiments in Television, San Francisco (USA). His videographic work includes many compositions realized with the Direct Video Synthesizer on video tape, in live performance, and videofilms. Presently he works from a studio in Berkeley, California (USA), where he founded Beck-Tech Corporation as a microelectronic product research and development company.