Curtis Roads is a composer, author and computer programmer specializing in granular and pulsar synthesis.
He co-founded the International Computer Music Association in 1980 and edited the Computer Music Journal for over 23 years. He has created software including PulsarGenerator and the Creatovox, both with Alberto de Campo.
In this series of interviews, Roads talks about granular synthesis, microsound and his ideas on electronic music. And then he takes apart his Hammond organ.
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Microsound encompasses any sound thats so short it couldnt fit on the normal musical time scale. In terms of measurement, youre talking anywhere from 10 milliseconds to 1/10 of a second.
Building Compositions With Granular Synthesis
Curtis Roads shows you his garden and explains its connection to his music, and then he takes apart a Hammond organ.