Curtis Roads creates, teaches, and pursues research in the interdisciplinary territory spanning music and sound technology. His specialties include electronic music composition, microsound synthesis, graphical synthesis, sound analysis and transformation, sound spatialization and the history of electronic music. He is keenly interested in the integration of electronic music with visual and spatial media, as well as the visualization and sonification of data. Certain of his compositions feature granular and pulsar synthesis, methods he developed for generating sound from acoustical particles. These are featured in his CD+DVD set POINT LINE CLOUD (Asphodel, 2005). His writings include over a hundred monographs, research articles, reports, and reviews.
Books include the textbook The Computer Music Tutorial (1996, The MIT Press), Musical Signal Processing (co-editor, 1997, Routledge, London), L'audionumerique (2007, Dunod, Paris), The Computer Music Tutorial - Japanese edition (January 2001, Denki Daigaku Shuppan, Tokyo). Microsound (2001, The MIT Press) explores the aesthetics and techniques of composition with sound particles. The Chinese edition of The Computer Music Tutorial was published in 2011 (People's Music Publishing, Beijing). His new book is Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic (2015 Oxford). A revised edition of The Computer Music Tutorial is in the works.
His new set of music is FLICKER TONE PULSE.
Footage and edition: Escalante