A Spanish composer born September 21, 1954.
Adolfo Núñez studied composition and the guitar at the Royal Madrid Conservatory before completing his studies elsewhere in Europe, notably as a pupil of Francisco Guerrero, Carnelo Alonso Bernaola, Brian Ferneyhough and Luis de Pablo. He studied computer-assisted music with John Chowning and Leland Smith at the CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) of Stanford in the USA, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He also obtained a diploma from the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales in Madrid.
His work on electronic sounds and mathematical proportions have influenced his music, which integrates probability, different forms of chance, certain combinatory techniques as well as fractals. He has composed in all genres, including instrumental music (Movimientos for large orchestra, 1987; Recorridos for instrumental ensemble, 2014), and mixed music (Cambio de saxo for saxophone and tape, 1989, first performed by Daniel Kientzy; The Nightingales sing for voice and electronics, 1990, first performed at Radio France; Concierto para sonido for ensemble and electronics, 2008) and electroacoustic music (Gamas liquidas, 2000; Quimera in Danza, 2003, commissioned by the GRM, premiered at Multiphonies). He has also collaborated with video artistes and choreographers and has written music for films and sound installations (Oráculo, 2001; La siesta del fauno, 2013).
A teacher at the University of Madrid, Adolfo Núñez also gives lectures and has written articles on science and new technologies as applied to music.