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Roland Emile Kuit
Advanced music composer | sonologist | author | lecturer

Advanced music composer Roland Kuit
photography by Karin Schomaker:
Advanced music composer - sonologist Roland Emile Kuit. (Painting by Tomas Rajlich)

From his childhood, Roland Kuit has always been fascinated by the phenomenon of sound. Surrounded with instruments like a grand piano, violins, double bass, trombone and guitars, he started to experiment with these sounds and the tape recorder. He was 6 years old at that time. This early playground formed a conceptual brain scheme for the rest of his life: experiment-sound, sound-experiment.
At early age he started to play the flute and was accepted at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague continuing his sound research in extended flute techniques. Here he met the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Berio, Dick Raaijmakers and other composers in electronic music. Experiencing limitations in acoustic music, Roland bought his first synthesizer. The ARP 2600. At that moment Roland made a decisive step in his career by subscribing at the prestigious Institute of Sonology, University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It was at the end of formalism and new ways in sound creation and other frameworks had to be explored. Under the influence of director Gottfried Michael Koenig this formal framework was opened for new experiments. Roland studied analogue and digital sound science. Synthesis- and studio techniques next by Stan Tempelaars and Jaap Vink.
At the IRCAM in Paris, Roland experienced new ways in acoustic composition and research of physical modeling in spectral music. Earlier he had accomplished a virtual PM string quartet with use of analogue synthesis. Analogue synthesized sounds have something apealing due behaviour of the apparatus. Sounds created by digital means seemed to be a kind of static so Roland used his knowledge to apply his techniques in the digital realm. His morphing between different techniques and shaping of algorithms became Roland’s signature. His output spans composition through sound art, sound-architectural installations, collaboration with experimental artists, designers and scientists, acousmatic performance and live electroacoustic improvisation. Roland Kuit performs on concert stages, art galleries and museums.
Research, imagination and technical association made him write his books about combined synthesis techniques. Lecturing at diverse universities and creating radio programs about electronic music giving him a platform to discuss his conceptual worlds. 
His books about research in modular synthesis techniques, music and sound art are published by Donemus, Publishing House of Dutch Contemporary Classical Music. Roland Kuit's music is on board on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission reaching the asteroid 101955 Bennu in 2018.



Electronic / acousmatic
2017
_<<Ripples in Space>> Kyma, Atlas V rocket field recording
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<<Rietveld Pavilion>> Kyma
_<<Tactile utterance>> for Tomas Ralich. Kyma extened string quartet

2016
_<<Landscapes of a Voice>> Kyma
_<<GRUIS/GRIT>>Kyma
2015
_<<Atomic wheeled vehicle>> Kyma
_<<The Impossible Bicycle>> Kyma  
_<<Nano works II>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Nano works I>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Lover Bytes>> Buchla - Kyma
_<<Segmented Idiophones>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Poème Bitphonique for 100 Granules>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<1 Bit more....I>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<A Bit animalistic>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<BiTuliar>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<BitsEater>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Far out Bits>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Nanoment 531>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<More on Buchla Bits>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
_<<Tectonic Articulations of Colour I - VIII>> Buchla 200 - Kyma
2014
_<<PianoCoder>> Piano - Kyma
_<<This is Piano Music>> Piano - Kyma
_<<Ruins of Memories>> treated piano - Kyma

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<<ReStructures for Piano>> Kyma
_<<Modular Piano>> NMG2 - Kyma
_<<Time Tunnels>> for Renee Baker. Six Granular Microtonalisms for orchestra and electronics
_<<Illiac Indeterminacy>> Kyma. A tribute to Daniel Slotnick and John Cage
_<<Trio For Artificial Violin - Flute - Piano>> Kyma
_<<One Piece For Two imaginary Piano's >> Kyma

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<<Sequences of Poetry At The Hudson River For One Trumpet Player At 3.25 Hours>> Kyma 
_<<Not and Tech Flute>> Kyma
_<<Sanctuary for the Lost Souls>> Kyma. For Greg Kent 

_<<Scordatura for sixty Brown & Black Grand Piano bowed Resonances>> Kyma
_<<Green Clandestine Conversations 4 plants>> Kyma
_<<Three lines for Flute>> Kyma
_<<Three groups of Female Singers vocalise into each others Mouth>> Kyma
_<<Modal Glottal Violins running>> Kyma
_<<Flute(r)xtures>>, Kyma For Carlton Vickers
_<<Rajlich Rebits I - III>>  Kyma
_<<Etude Violinesque>> Kyma 
_<<Schaltungen I - III>> Nord Modular G2. For 
Bil Smith
2013
_<<Neo Plastiek V>> Xite-1/Modular IV
_<<Neo Plastiek IV>> Xite-1/Modular IV
_<<Neo Plastiek III>> Xite-1/Modular IV
_<<Neo Plastiek II>> Xite-1/Modular IV
_<<Neo Plastiek I>> Xite-1/Modular IV
_<<form follows function>> Xite-1 Modular IV / Flexor. Karin Schomaker: visuals

2012
_<<The LAB>> 35 years of electronic experiments
2011
_<<0_ , 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, .0. >> computer music

2006 
_<<De zee>> for flute, hobo d'amour, bass clarinet, electronics, 3 groups female singers, video screens with electronic music
 
2003 
_<<Moving surface>> for Tomas Rajlich 
_<<New Electronic Prose of the Hague>> voice art: a tribute to Albert Vogel and ZERO
2001 
_<<Lines>> for Hobo (d' Amour) and spectral granular synthesis 
2000
_<<Song for Clara Daniela Bentinck>> for modular system, voice and granular synthesis
_<<Emulated flutes I>> physical modeling synthesis 
1999
 _<<Xor>> for physical string models. Violence, for physical string models 
_<< Or>> for physical string models. Violence, for physical string models 
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<<Nor>> for physical string models. Violence, for physical string models 
_<<Argument II>> composition for bass clarinet and computer 
1998 
_Manifestation of New Music and Environment: series of concerts and performances for computer, dance, bass clarinet, flute, harp, The Hague

_<<Holiday>> composition for 5 harp groups and computer
_<<Argument I>> composition for bass clarinet and computer
_<<Electronic String quartet I - IV>> for Nord Modular Synthesizer
1997
_<<FM/AM>> composition for computer and video. 
1996
 _<<Hieroglyphs>> for Florence Sitruk, composition for pedal harp and computer.
 _<<Electronic Poetry>> with Albert in 't Veld
1995
_<<Resonance>> composition for bass flute and computer
_<<MATRIX MR4>> for Masumi Nagasawa, composition for pedal harp and programmable c.d. World premiered European Harp Symposium  
1994 
_<<Requiem>> for flutes, double bass, percussion and tape. Juigalpa Project
_<<LAYERS I-III>> for violin, viola, double bass and computer. For Tomas Ralich
1985/90
_compositions and sound design for pop- and jazz formations 
1985
_<<KLIM>> Dutch Broadcasting Studio (N.O.S.) compositions for movement (dance)
1978 
_<<AM/FM>> techniques to explore noise and crackles 
        
Techno-Minimal
2008 
_Glitch
2006 
_<<Car music>> minimal techno
_<<Chat music>> electro
 
2005
_<<SineBeats>> Techno projects
 
2004
_<<Dutch Lounge Loops>> video and music project

2003 
_<<Reset Junkies>> Techno performance
_<<Dutch Loops>> minimal dance performance

2000 
_<<St@te of .......phase>> minimal house music. research of phase differences
 

Ambient
1998
_<<The Relax Patches>> for virtual analogue modular synthesizer
Audio-Art
2017
_<<On the Edge of Tone and Colour>> Kyma
2015
_
<<99 Re-cycle sound objects>>, Roland Kuit: Kyma, bicycle
_<<Vehicular>> Roland Kuit: Kyma, Karin Schomaker: visual art 
_<<Diploptic>> Roland Kuit: Kyma, Karin Schomaker: visual art 
_<<
Opus Caementicium>> Roland Kuit: Kyma, Karin Schomaker: visual art 

2014
_<<From Serra to Zaha>> Roland Kuit: Xite-1 Modular IV / Flexor, Karin Schomaker: visual art 
2013
_<<Monads and beyond>> Roland Kuit: Xite-1 Modular IV / Flexor. Karin Schomaker: visual art 
_<<
form follows function>> Roland Kuit: Xite-1 Modular IV / Flexor. Karin Schomaker: visual art

2009
_<<Cars>> computer drawings and audio
2002  
_<<Resonance>>  audio art object 
2001
_<<Square Noise>> audio art object
_<<Enjoy Riding>> audio art object
1999  
_<<Money talks>> audio art for coins, 2 bass speakers sensors and Micro modular synthesizer 
1998  
_<<Paris>> audio art object 
1997
_<<SQUARE&SINE>> audio art for Marcel Prins
_<<The Hague 2025>> multimedia- project with Marc van Bilderbeek and Mariska Streefland 
1996  Audio art sculpture
_<<Line, black.....interrupt>> audio art
_<< E-SCOPE>> video installation with Marc van Bilderbeek 
1995  
_<<AMSTERDAM>> for Avenue-magazine
_<<Architectonic Models I-XVII>> audio sculpture 
1994 
_Audio art sculpture with Reier Pos (light performance)
_Audio art sculpture with Albert in 't Veld (steel/neon objects)
_Audio art sculpture with Tomas Rajlich (paintings) 
_Audio art sculpture on wall relief of Jan Andriesse
_<<Electro Acoustic Domestic Pet>> audio art object
_<<Construction I>> audio art object 

Film/video

2017
_<<Rietveld Ruimtekunstenaar>> Bertus and Marco Mulder
2000  
_<<OUI Je T' Embrasse, Avec Tout Mon Coeur>> Marc van Bilderbeeck
1997  
_<<De kloof>> Anneke Mulder 
_<<IJs>> Anneke Mulder 

Theatre
2002
_Theaterwerkgroep De Firma Eindschot

1996
_<<Eksters>> with
Stichting Rein Edzard Productions

Compositions have been performed in:
_10° Festival de Musica Contemporanea a La Plata 2017. Sonaridades Alternativas Buenos Aires, Argentina
_ Kröller-Müller Museum Rietveld Pavilion. Otterlo. The Netherlands
_Museum Kampa - The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation Prague. Tjechië
_SONIKAS XIV, Madrid. Spain
_PACE-2(KYMA International Sound Symposium 2016). De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.
_Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden

_STEIM, Amsterdam. The Netherlands
_AB Brussel-Huis23,Brussels,Belgium
_New York City Electroacoustic Music Society, Spectrum NYC, USA
_EZUFF = PP#5 Festival, Spectrum NYC, USA
_Hörlursfestival Sollefteå, Västernorrland, Sweden
_Museum Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Electro-Music festival. NY, U.S.A.
_University of Gothenburg. Lindbladstudion, Göteborg, Sweden
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University for Music and Media (electro-music festival), London, UK
 
_Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, The Netherlands 
_Spuiplein, Den Haag, The Netherlands  
_RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_Paard van Troje, Den Haag, The Netherlands 
_HKK, Den Haag, The Netherlands 
_Festival of Arts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
_Gemeente Museum (Ouborg Prijs 1994), Den Haag. The Netherlands
_De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_De Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_De Ijsbreker, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_Congresgebouw (North Sea Jazz), Den Haag, The Netherlands 
_Cheltenham Art Center, Philadelphia, USA
_Cafe Sonore, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
_Atrium, Stadhuis, Den Haag, The Netherlands 

Lecturing
_De Montfort University(KYMA International Sound Symposium 2016), Leicester. U.K.
_Lecturer at School of Computing. Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

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Lecturer at EMS Stockholm, Sweden
_Lecturer at Lindbladstudion, The department for electronic music at the Academy of Music and Drama,
_University of Göteborg, Sweden
_Lecturer at Sonus Factory, Rome, Italy
_Lecturer Roland Kuit Modular Synth School, the Netherlands
_Lecturer Nord Modular Synthesizer, Centre for Electronic Music, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
_Lecturer Sound design at SAE, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
_Lecturer at Conservatory, Groningen, the Netherlands 
_Lecturer at the University for media in London, UK  
_Lecturer Audio Art Vrije Academie, Den Haag, the Netherlands
_Lecturer and head of department Klanklaboratorium, Koorenhuis, Den Haag, the Netherlands
_Substitute lecturer analogue studio techniques, Instituut voor Sonologie, Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Sound design
_Buchla 200
_Kyma - Pacarana,
Symbolic Sound
_Concertzender, Dutch radio
_SCOPE SDK6 Xite, Sonic Core
_Modular IV, Sonic Core
_Xite-1, Sonic Core
_NMG2, Clavia
_Nord Modular, Clavia
_KLC MS-20, Korg

Discography
_<<RIETVELD PAVILION>>
_<< Landscapes of a Voice>>
_<<101955 Bennu>>

_<<GRUIS/GRIT>>
_<<Bi-sonic>>
_<<Tomorrows calling>> Demerararecords

_<<Nanophonic similarities>>
_<<Tectonic Articulations of Colour>>
_<<Piano Restructures>>

_<<Ars Modular Musica III>>
_<<Ars Modular Musica II
>>
_<<Ars Modular Musica I>>
_<<kymaXology>>
_<<Monads and Beyond>>

_<<New Chamber Music>>
_<<Abstract Flute Music>>
_<<Meditations for Flute>>
_<<Avant-garde>>IFAR>>
_<<Amsterdam>>
_<<0-Proze>>


E-Books
_<<Vault of Patterns>>
_<<To be ON to be OFF, that's the SWITCH
>>
_<<Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space>>
_<<Laboratory of Patching. Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis>>
_<<SoundLab II. Architectures for Philosophers>>
_<<SoundLab I. The Electronic Studio>>


Publications
_<<Donemus>>
_<<Hospodářské noviny>>
_<<TROUW/letter&geest>>
_<<Elsevier>>
_<<Sonic State>>
_<<Noordlands Dagblad>>
_<<HP/De Tijd>>
_<<Algemeen Dagblad>>
_<<Sonic State>>

_<<De Telegraaf>>
_<<NRC>>
_<<Thoughts on FM: beyond the algorithms part I>>
_<<eight nerve>>
_<<The next word on music
>>
_<<Sound Morphology>>
_<<Creating a sonic Boolean Barber's pole>>
_<<Wired: Musica Globalista(by Bruce Sterling)>>
_<<Sequencer.de>>
_<<Audio Central Magazine>>
_<<Progsounds>> 
_<<Film festival catalog '84, Italy>> 
_<<Film festival catalog '97, Netherlands>> 
_<<North Sea Jazz>> 
_<<Zo als ik iets ben (H.K.K)>>
_<<Komponisten der Gegenwart>> 
_<<Sound On Sound Magazine>>
_<<Notes, bits&bites>> 
_<<World Harp Review>> 
_<<Orbe, Livres d’ Artistesz>> 
_<<Interface magazine>> 
_<<Harpa>> 
_<<Notes, bits & bytes>> 
_<<Future Music>> 
_<<Avenue Magazine>>

Broadcastings

_BBC 3, U.K.
_Concertzender, The Netherlands
_VARA Radio, The Netherlands 
_Canadian Radio, Canada

_Lake Country Community Radio C.A., USA
_VPRO, The Netherlands
_Soundart Radio Moscow, USSR
_French Radio 1, France
_NOS, The Netherlands

Archived
_Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

_EMS Stockholm, Sweden
_Composer at
Donemus, The Hague
_NEAR
(Gaudeamus), Amsterdam
_Musique Contemporaine
_Muziek encyclopedie Nederland
_Komponisten der Gegenwart
_Haags Gemeente Archief, Den Haag
_Ircam, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Honors/memberships
_
Featured composer at Donemus
_NASA's OSIRUS REx mission to Bennu
_Associate Member Art Research Center/A.R.C.Group

_Nomination Art Basel Miami 2015 collectors opening

_Society for Electro Acoustic Music in Sweden (SEAMS)
_VEMS, Stockholm
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Composers Circle
_New York City Electroacoustic Music Society (NYCEMS)
_Electronic Music Foundation(EMF)
_Société des musiciens Extraordinaires(SME)

Interviews
_
BNR Nieuwsradio Roelof Hemmen
_Concertzender actueel
_SBS 6 Hart van Nederland
_
NPO Radio 1
_Radio 10
_Radio 3FM
_NPO Radio 2

_Interview with Dante: here.
_Interview by Enrico Cosimi: Italian here. English here.

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Studio 4 EMS - Photo: Karin Schomaker + Audio art: (En)joy riding - Roland Kuit, 2001 Äudio art: Paris - Roland Kuit, 1998

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