Roland Emile Kuit composer | sonologist | author | lecturer

23 June 7.30 p.m.

The term sonic researcher best describes modern-music and sound-art composer Roland Emile Kuit. Via research, exploration and experiment, he is pushing the electroacoustic field to new boundaries.


Since his childhood, Roland E. Kuit has always been fascinated by the phenomenon of sound. Surrounded by instruments like a grand piano, violins, a double bass, a trombone and guitars, he started to experiment with their sounds and the tape recorder. He was six years old at that time. This early playground formed a conceptual brain scheme for the rest of his life: experiment-sound, sound-experiment.


At an early age Kuit started to play the flute and later was accepted to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, continuing his sound research into extended flute techniques. Here he met the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Berio, Dick Raaijmakers and other composers of electronic music. Experiencing limitations in acoustic music, Kuit bought his first synthesizer: the ARP 2600. At that moment Kuit made a decisive step in his career by enrolling in the prestigious Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (1981-1985). It was at the end of formalism; serial music and new ways in sound creation and composition had to be explored. Under the influence of director Gottfried Michael Koenig, this post-formal framework was opened for experiment.


Kuit studied analogue and digital sound science, and continued on to Synthesis and studio techniques under Stan Tempelaars and Jaap Vink. At the IRCAM in Paris in the year 2000, Kuit experienced new ways in acoustic composition and research of physical modeling in spectral music. Earlier he had accomplished a virtual string quartet with use of analogue synthesis. Analogue synthesized sounds have something alive in the sound due to the behavior of the apparatus, while sounds created by digital means seemed to be a kind of static. Hence, Kuit used his knowledge to apply his techniques in the digital realm. His morphing between different techniques and the shaping of algorithms became Kuit’s trademark. Today, his output spans a wide range of composition from sound art; sound-architectural installations; collaboration with experimental artists, designers and scientists; to acousmatic performance; and live electroacoustic improvisation. Research, imagination and technical associations made Kuit write his books about combining synthesis techniques. Lecturing at a number of universities and creating radio programs about electronic music gave him a platform to discuss his conceptual worlds. Roland E. Kuit performs both on concert hall stages and in art galleries and museums. His books, music and sound art are published by Donemus, Publishing House of Dutch Contemporary Classical Music. Currently, his music is on board of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission that was launched on September 8, 2016 and should reach the asteroid 101955 Bennu in 2018.


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