Composer

Gustavo Díaz-Jerez studied composition with Giampaolo Bracali and Ludmila Ulehla at Manhattan School of Music. His compositional language may be defined as “algorithmic spectralism”, merging elements of the spectralist movement (Grisey, Murail, Radulescu, etc.), in which timbre plays a fundamental role, with processes derived from mathematical disciplines such as cellular automata, L-systems, fractals, genetic algorithms, number theory, spectrum analysis, additive synthesis, psychoacoustics, etc. Needless the say, the use of the computer is indispensable, usually producing results in the form of electronic music. However, his main interest is not in electroacoustics, but to “transcribe” these results using traditional instruments. This requires a very careful and elaborate process of quantization of melodic, rhythmic and timbre elements, so it can be adequately performed by human players. These transformations, however, leave intact the essence of the original process. Gustavo Díaz-Jerez’s works have been performed widely by soloists and ensembles and are published by Periferia Music and Fractal Music Press.  He is a researcher at the Universidad de Málaga in the project Melomics, which applies evolutionary computation to music composition.  He is also a founding member of the Computer Music Lab, a research team in algorithmic music.