Rodrigo F. Cádiz (1972) is a composer, researcher and engineer. He studied composition and electrical engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) in Santiago, where he studied with Aliocha Solovera, Alejandro Guarello and Pablo Aranda. He obtained his Ph.D. in Music Technology from Northwestern University, where he studied composition with Augusta Read Thomas and Jay Alan Yim, and computer music with Gary Kendall, Virgil Moorefield and Amnon Wolman. His compositions, consisting of approximately 60 works, have been presented at several venues and festivals in Latin America, North America and Europe.
His catalogue considers works for solo instruments, chamber music, symphonic and robot orchestras, visual music, computers, and new interfaces for musical expression, in particular brain-computer interfaces and the Arcontinuo, a new electronic musical instrument he has been working on with two more colleagues for the past 10 years. He has received several composition prizes and artistic grants both in Chile and the US. He has released two solo CDs with some of his works: Unisono, a double CD, and De Natura Organica, a long-duration composition for organ. He is currently finishing his third solo CD, devoted to his electroacoustic music.
He has authored around 60 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and international conferences. His areas of expertise include sonification, sound synthesis, audio digital processing, computer and electroacoustic music, composition, new interfaces for musical expression and the musical applications of complex systems. He has obtained research funds from Chilean governmental agencies such as the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Fondecyt) and the National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA). In 2017, he received a Google Latin American Research Award (LARA) in the field of auditory graphs.
During 2018, Rodrigo was a composer in residence with the Stanford Laptop orchestra (SLOrk) at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and a Tinker Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he offered a class on Electroacoustic Music Analysis at CCRMA.
In 2019, he obtained the Prize for Excellence in Artistic Creation from UC (video in Spanish).
He is currently full professor at the Music Institute and Electrical Engineering Department of UC.