Introducing CatOracle: Corpus-based concatenative improvisation with the Audio Oracle algorithm

Einbond, A., Schwarz, D., Borghesi, R. & Schnell, N. (2016). Introducing CatOracle: Corpus-based concatenative improvisation with the Audio Oracle algorithm. Paper presented at the 42nd International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2016), 12-16 Sept 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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CATORACLE responds to the need to join high-level control of audio timbre with the organization of musical form in time. It is inspired by two powerful existing tools: CataRT for corpus-based concatenative synthesis based on the MUBU for MAX library, and PYORACLE for computer improvisation, combining for the first time audio descriptor analysis and learning and generation of musical structures. Harnessing a user-defined list of audio fea- tures, live or prerecorded audio is analyzed to construct an “Audio Oracle” as a basis for improvisation. CatOracle also extends features of classic concatenative synthesis to include live interactive audio mosaicking and score-based transcription using the BACH library for MAX. The project suggests applications not only to live performance of written and improvised electroacoustic music, but also computer-assisted composition and musical analysis.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Creative Practice & Enterprise - Centre for Music Studies

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