Correa, J., Miranda, E. R. and Wright, J. Categorising Complex Dynamic Sounds. Proceedigns of the XX Annual Congress of the Brazilian Computer Science Society, SBCM, Curitiba, July 2000 PUC-PR SBC.

Sony CSL authors: Eduardo Miranda


We have developed a cellular automata-based audio synthesiser whose abilities to produce unusual complex dynamic sounds are limitless. However, due to its newness and flexibility, potential users have found it very hard to explore its possibilities as there is no clear referential framework to hold on when designing sounds. Standard software synthesis systems take this framework for granted by adopting a taxonomy for synthesis instruments that has been inherited from the acoustic musical instrument tradition; i.e., woodwind, brass, string, percussion, etc. Sadly, the most interesting synthesised sound that these systems can produce are simply referred to as "effects". This scheme clearly does not meet the demands of more innovative software synthesisers. In order to alleviate this problem, we propose an alternative taxonomy for our synthesiser. The paper begins with a brief introduction to the basic functioning of the synthesiser. Then it presents our proposed taxonomy and ends with concluding comments.

Keywords: sound synthesis, computer music

BibTeX entry

@INPROCEEDINGS { miranda:00h, ADDRESS="Curitiba", AUTHOR="Correa, J., Miranda, E. R. and Wright, J.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedigns of the XX Annual Congress of the Brazilian Computer Science Society", MONTH="July", ORGANIZATION="PUC-PR", PUBLISHER="SBC", SERIES="SBCM", TITLE="Categorising Complex Dynamic Sounds", YEAR="2000", }