Lecture and concert

May 2018
Ebbing Sounds symposium at Grey Area Theater
San Francisco, California


Lecture and concert with John Chowning

April 2018
Electronic Music Festival
Community School of Music and Art (CSMA)
Mountain View, CA

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Lectures and concert

April 2018
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, New York, USA



April 2017
San Francisco, CA, USA

Concert at Gray Area Foundation for DON BUCHLA MEMORIAL



March 2017
Issue Project Room
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Saturday, March 11th, ISSUE presents two generations of artists working in the medium of computational music: pioneering computer musician and scholar Curtis Roads and composer, artist and curator Eric Frye performing work in 4-channel sound.

For his ISSUE debut, Roads performs Flicker Tone Pulse, a dynamic audiovisual experience of finely tuned electronic and cinematic pieces he has composed since 2009 with long-time collaborator and video artist Brian O'Reilly. Roads will be showing O’Reilly’s visuals as he cultivates his purely computer generated tonalities from the “…realm of microsound, [from] sound grains first predicted in the acoustical theories of the physicist Dennis Gabor and the polymath Iannis Xenakis.”


Curtis Roads awarded the 2016 Giga-Hertz Prize

November 2016

MAT professor Curtis Roads is awarded the 2016 Giga-Hertz Prize, in recognition for his contributions to the field of electronic music. The Giga-Hertz Prize is sponsored by ZKM Karlsruhe (Das Zentrum für Kunst und Medien), and the SWR Experimental Studio, Baden-Baden, Germany. The awards ceremony will be held at the 2016 Giga-Hertz Preis Festival at ZMK Karlsruhe, November 24-27, 2016.


Corrections to Composing Electronic Music

May 2016



The Computer Music Tutorial, Revised Edition


The Computer Music Tutorial, Revised Edition has been completely reorganized into 53 smaller chapters that can be read independently. 
What’s new?
Corrections and updates.
New chapters on the following topics:
- Analog modeling synthesis and processing
- Scanned synthesis
- Pulsar synthesis
- Concatenative synthesis - Bob Sturm
- Spectrum analysis: atomic decomposition - Bob Sturm
- Open Sound Control (OSC) - Matt Wright
Timetable as of May 2016
I am chipping away at the book but my main focus in 2016 is on composition.
In 2017 I intend to focus on on completing this project. Knowing the production process, a realistic publication date would be 2019 or 2020.

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Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic published

July 2015



InSonic Conference on Sound in Space

November 2015
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Karlsruhe, Germany

Thanks to a generous grant from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation in Germany, qualified students from the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) and the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program at UCSB can study and realize spatial audio projects in the Spatial Audio Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), which is affiliated with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM). Students from Karlsruhe will also travel to Santa Barbara for similar purposes. As a conclusion to these activities, a conference on spatial audio entitled InSonic is being held in Karlsruhe 26-28 November 2015, which will be attended by students and faculty from both places as well as other international participants.


Concert at ICMC SMC

December 2014
Athens, Greece

The ICMC|SMC|2014 Joint Conference is organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Music Studies and Department of Informatics and Telecommunications), the Onassis Cultural Center and the Institute for Research  on Music and Acoustics.

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Publication of The Computer Music Tutorial, Chinese edition, in two volumes

May 2011, 
Beijing, China
People’s Music Publishing House, Beijing. Named “National Textbook of China.”


Polytopes The Architecture Of Soundscapes

Feb 2011
SCI-ARC (Southern California Institute for Architecture)
Los Angeles, California

Inspired by composer Iannis Xenakis, the title Polytopes translates to “The architecture of soundscapes.” Through his work with Le Corbusier, Xenakis catalyzed a radically new sound universe and sound architecture for 20th century music.
Staging new electronic and visual music to a discussion with composers and performers, this symposium links the relations of sound experience, sound inherent structures and mathematics to architecture and space. Organized by the MediaSCAPES post-graduate program at SCI-Arc, the event is dedicated to a public audience and students interested in imagining the fusion of contemporary practices of architecture with media, music making and art.
Special thanks to Abby Sher for her support of this event. The symposium is presented by the Mediascapes program at SCI-Arc.


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CEAIT Festival: Iannis Xenakis: Now and Tomorrow

Jan 2011
Los Angeles, California
with Brian O’Reilly, video
REDCAT Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall


Supersimetria Festival

Jan 2011
Barcelona, Spain



May 2010
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA



November 2009
Zürich, Switzerland

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November 2008
Austin Convention Center
Austin, Texas



Concert featuring Fluxon and Sculptor

October 2008
Eveux, France

Musique de l’architecture
Centre de Création Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX)
Le Couvent de La Tourette (designed by Le Corbusier et Xenakis)


Subatomic Pop: Composing an Electronic Symphony, 0.001 Second at a Time

May 2008, WIRED Magazine

“Subatomic Pop_ Composing an Electronic Symphony, 0.001 Second at a Time”.pdf


Concert at LA Sonic Odyssey

March 2008
Pasadena, California, USA


Short Course and Concert with Brian O'Reilly

October 2008
Royal Conservatory of Music
Aarhus, Denmark


Sound and Music Computing conference

July 2007
Lefkada, Greece


Short Course and Concert with Brian O'Reilly

July 2007
Ionian University
Corfu, Greece


Short Course

May 2007
Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX)
Paris, France


Concert at LA Sonic Odyssey

April 2007
Pasadena, California, USA


Short Course and Concert with Brian O'Reilly

March 2007
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY


Invited Lecture

November 2006                                    
Music Department, Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA

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Symposium: Creative and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis

June 2006
Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and University of Guelph
Toronto, Canada


Short Course at CCMIX

May 2006
Centre de Création Musicale “Iannis Xenakis”
Paris, France

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May 2006
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Stanford University
Stanford, California



Concert with Brian O'Reilly, video

April 2006
Recombinant Media Lab
San Francisco, California

16 independent channels of audio and 10 independent channels of video


Symposium on Noise

April 2006
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, California


Concert at LA Sonic Odyssey

April 2006
Pasadena, California, USA


Invited Lecture

February 2006
Music Computation and Cognition Lab
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA


Concert with Brian O’Reilly, video

February 2006
Sonic Acts 2006: The Anthology of Computer Art
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Concert at San Francisco Tape Music Center

January 2006
ODC Theater
Berkeley, California



October 2005
Symposium on Xenakis
Triennale di Milano
Milan, Italy


POINT LINE CLOUD won the Award of Distinction at the 2002 Ars Electronica

Linz, Austria

"Point, Line, Cloud" is an outstanding example of the most current computer music, a great listening experience, based on academic research & technologies, with a huge impulse on various scenes and environments beyond all boundaries.

Roads' Award of Distinction winning composition „Point, Line, Cloud“ features granular and pulsar synthesis, methods he developed for generating sound from acoustical particles. These microsonic particles, pinpoints of sound, remained invisible for centuries, like the quantum world of the quarks, leptons, hadrons, gluons, and bosons. Recent technological advances let composers manipulate this domain.