Giga-Hertz Award 2016: Curtis Roads

Speech & discussion with the main award-winner

Speech & discussion with the main award-winner

The Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music was being awarded to Curtis Roads this year. Curtis Roads is considered one of the most influential composers in the electro-acoustic genre and has aesthetically and theoretically developed granular synthesis in his compositions. Just as impressive as his compositions are his published oeuvre: Curtis Roads has published both »The Computer Music Tutorial« (1996) and the book »Microsound« (2001). His last publication »Composing Electronic Music« (2015) is subtitled as »A New Aesthetic«, with which he highlights the current demand of this medium. His creativity has led him to almost every important studio, including the MIT, IRCAM, Les Ateliers UPIC and the CREATE in Santa Barbara, at which he currently works.

Video Documentary:

ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Camera: Peter Müller, Martina Rotzal
Editing: Sophia Kessel