Please join us in Midway’s library at 3pm for a presentation by Curtis Roads titled Rhythmic Processes in Electronic Music. Following the presentation will be an 8-channel performance by Roads of the pieces Epicurus and Then in the main gallery space.
Curtis Roads is a composer and author. He pursues research in the interdisciplinary territory spanning music and sound technology. Roads is specifically interested in the integration of electronic music with visual and spatial media, as well as the visualization and sonification of data. A pioneer in the development of granular synthesis, he developed (with Alberto de Campo) the program PulsarGenerator, distributed by the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UC Santa Barbara. Since 2004, he has been researching a new method of sound analysis, an analytical counterpart of granular synthesis called dictionary-based pursuit (DBP). He studied computer music composition at California Institute of the Arts and the University of California, San Diego, and received a Doctorate from the Université Paris 8. He was Editor and Associate Editor of Computer Music Journalfrom 1978 to 2000, and cofounded the International Computer Music Association in 1979. A researcher in computer music at MIT between 1980 and 1986, he taught electronic music composition at Harvard University and sound synthesis techniques at the University of Naples. He was appointed Director of Pedagogy at Les Ateliers UPIC (later CCMIX) and Lecturer in the Music Department of the Université Paris 8. Roads is currently Professor of Media Arts and Technology at the University of California.
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