Curtis Roads is acomposer of electronic and electroacoustic music specializing in granular and pulsar synthesis, an author, and a computer programmer.
He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California, San Diego and 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 theComputer Music Journalfrom 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.