Career and music
Roads studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California San Diego. He is chair of the Department of Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has previously taught at the University of Naples "Federico II", Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, Les Ateliers UPIC (now CCMIX, Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis), and the University of Paris VIII.
He co-founded the International Computer Music Association in 1980 and edited the Computer Music Journal from 1978–2000. He has created software including PulsarGenerator and the Creatovox, both with Alberto de Campo.
Roads is the first person to implement granular sound processing in the digital domain.
- Roads, Curtis (2015). Composing Electronic Music. Oxford University Press.
- Roads, Curtis (2001). Microsound. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-18215-7
- Roads, Curtis (1996). The Computer Music Tutorial. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-68082-3
- Roads, Curtis (1997). Musical Signal Processing. Routledge. ISBN 90-265-1483-2
- Roads, Curtis and Strawn, John, eds (1987). Foundations of Computer Music. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-68051-3