Curtis Roads Making IDM and Granular Synthesis in 1975

In 1975, Curtis Roads was composing IDM from punch cards in terminals, which would later influence modern-day electronic artists like Autechre. He used to be the editor of the Computer
Music Journal
, the journal of experimental computer music published by The MIT Press. In 2004, he wrote the definitive book on Granular Synthesis titled Microsound. Above, we have a video made by Vice TV showcasing the very awkward Curtis Roads highlighting some of the techniques that went into primitave Granular Synthesis. Parts 2 and 3 are in the jump.   


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