Curtis Roads - Point Line Cloud

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CD (+ DVD): out of stock


Fluxon (2003)

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Curtis Roads artist page

Nanomorphosis (excerpt)

Asphodel is proud to announce the long awaited premier of Point Line Cloud by the California composer and pioneer of granular synthesis, Curtis Roads. Point Line Cloud is a deluxe two-disc CD + DVD featuring all new audio material by Curtis Roads along with interviews and original videos realized especially for this project by the brilliant young San Francisco artist Brian O'Reilly.

In the composer's own words:

Beneath the level of the note lies the realm of sound particles. Each particle is a pinpoint of sound. Recent advances let us probe and manipulate this microacoustical world. Sound particles dissolve the rigid bricks of musical composition-the notes and their intervals-into more fluid and supple materials. The sensations of point, pulse (series of points), line (tone), and surface (texture) emerge as the density of particles increases.. . . . . Sparse emissions produce rhythmic figures. By lining up the particles in rapid succession, one can induce an illusion of tone continuity or pitch. As the particles meander, they flow into liquid-like streams and rivulets. Dense agglomerations of particles form clouds of sound whose shapes evolve over time.

Point Line Cloud has been performed around the world at venues as diverse as the Paris Planetarium, All Tomorrow's Parties UK, the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with Autechre, the new Sonic Arts Network concert hall in Belfast, and in cities such as Melbourne, Barcelona, Venice, Parma, Porto, Istanbul, Zurich, New York, and San Francisco. Point Line Cloud received the prestigious Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica in 2002.

Catalog Number: ASP 3000
Release Date: March 6, 2004