Roads, Curtis



Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Language(s): English


Spectral Analysis Parameters of Sound Microsound DSP Grain Synthesis and Resynthesis Techniques Granular Music


In this book, the author offers a comprehensive overview of all aspects of composing with sound particles. Although technical in some areas, the author also discusses composition theory, offers historical accounts and contexts, presents the results of acoustic experiments and research, as well as offering descriptions of musical works, and aesthetic reflection on these works and the processes employed in their composition. The book includes a CD containing audio examples.

Table of contents:

1. Time Scales of Music
2. The History of Microsound from Antiquity to the Analog Era
3. Granular Synthesis
4. Varieties of Particle Synthesis
5. Transformation of Microsound
6. Windowed Analysis and Transformation
7. Microsound in Composition
8. Aesthetics of Composing with Microsound
9. Conclusion

All references of the same author:


Roads, Curtis (1978). An Interview with Gottfried Michael Koenig
Roads, Curtis (1979). Grammars as Representations for Music
Roads, Curtis (1980a). Artificial Intelligence and Music
Roads, Curtis (1980b). Interview with Marvin Minsky
Roads, Curtis (1980c). Interview with Max Matthews
Roads, Curtis (1982). A Conversation with James A. Moorer
Roads, Curtis (1983). Interview with Paul Lansky
Roads, Curtis (1985b). Improvisation with George Lewis
Roads, Curtis (1985c). Research in Music and Artificial Intelligence
Roads, Curtis (1986a). Symposium on Computer Music Composition
Roads, Curtis (1986b). The Tsukaba Musical Robot
ROADS, Curtis (1986c). Ricerche sulla musica e l'intelligenza artificiale (Musical research and artificial intelligence)
Roads, Curtis (1987). Interview with Dexter Morrill
Roads, Curtis (1988a). Interview with Morton Subotnik
Roads, Curtis (1988b). Introduction to Granular Synthesis
Roads, Curtis (1990). La recherche musicale : mythe et réalité
Roads, Curtis (1992a). Composition with Machines
Roads, Curtis (1992b). Des instruments pour un son organisé
Roads, Curtis (1993). Musical Sound Transformation by Convolution
Roads, Curtis (1995). The Golden Age
Roads, Curtis (1996a). Early Electronic Music Instruments: Time Line 1899-1950
Roads, Curtis (1996b). Materials and Montage in Clang-tint
Roads, Curtis (1996c). The Computer Music Tutorial
Roads, Curtis (2001b). The Time Domain
Roads, Curtis (2003). Réflexions sur la musique électronique aujourd'hui
Roads, Curtis (2005). The Art of Articulation: The Electroacoustic Music of Horacio Vaggione


Roads, Curtis (1990). La recherche musicale : mythe et réalité
Roads, Curtis (1992b). Des instruments pour un son organisé
Roads, Curtis (2003). Réflexions sur la musique électronique aujourd'hui


ROADS, Curtis (1986c). Ricerche sulla musica e l'intelligenza artificiale

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