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Corpus-Based Transcription as an Approach to the Compositional Control of Timbre

Einbond, A., Schwarz, D. and Bresson, J. (2009). Corpus-Based Transcription as an Approach to the Compositional Control of Timbre. Paper presented at the International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009, August 15-21, 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Timbre space is a cognitive model useful to address the problem of structuring timbre in electronic music. The recent concept of corpus-based concatenative sound synthesis is proposed as an approach to timbral control in both real- and deferred-time applications. Using CataRT and related tools in the FTM and Gabor libraries for Max/MSP we describe a technique for real-time analysis of a live signal to pilot corpus-based synthesis, along with examples of compositional realizations in works for instruments, electronics, and sound installation. To extend this technique to computer-assisted composition for acoustic instruments, we develop tools using the Sound Description Interchange Format (SDIF) to export sonic descriptors to OpenMusic where they may be further manipulated and transcribed into an instrumental score. This presents a flexible technique for the compositional organization of noise-based instrumental sounds.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16733
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