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We may average the spectral data in a each frequency-band channel over N time-windows spectral blurring thus reducing the amount of detail available for reconstructing the signal. We can also imagine a kind of harmonic to inharmonic vibrato-like fluctuation within a sound. Book and 3 x CDs: It is also possible to wishaet the spectrum before imposing the new contour.

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Spectral tracing can also be done in a time-variable manner so that a sound gradually dissolves into its internal sine-wave tracery. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Get to Know Us. I wrote to several friends asking them to collect voices from their local radio stations, and also recorded voices from TV stations via satellite dish, assembling sounds from voices in 26 different languages. This process is described in Chapter 2, and in the under formant preserving spectral manipulation in Appendix p At each moment there is a composite spectrum for these events and any portion of it could be grist for the mill of sound composition.

A different initial morphology would have produced a less bell-like result. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. But see also “Spectral Fission” below. The filtered result can vary from articulated noise formants like unvoiced speech following just the formant articulation of the original source, to a reconstitution of the partials of the the original sound and hence of the original sound itself. In the frequency domain, spectral components can be eliminated on a channel-by-channel basis, either in terms of their frequency location using spectral splitting to define a frequency band and setting the band loudness to zero or in terms of their timevarying relative loudness spectral tracing will eliminate the N least significant, i.

Email us at links digital-music-archives. Formant-variation of the spectrum does not need to be speech-related and, in complex signals, is often more significant than spectral change. One of our most popular GRM titles is Pierre Henry’s Labyrinthe – Pierre Henry says of Labyrinthe – “For the first time during my journey and ventures into the world of creation, I dreamt of a breath of fresh air deriving from the electronic realm. The following manipulations suggest themselves.


In a complexly evolving signal especially a noisy one each waveset will be different, often radically different, to the previous one, but we will not perceptually register the content of that waveset in its own right see the discussion of time-frames in Chapter 1.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Again, this may be true with simple sound input but complex sounds are just changed in spectral “feel” as a rapidly changing sine-wave is no less perceptually chaotic than a rapidly changing arbitrary wave-shape. Book Details for Trevor Wishart: Desigj may also rearrange wavesets in any specified way waveset shuffling: Although this process appears to be similar to the process of spectral blurring, it is in fact quite irrational, averaging the waveset length and the wave shape and hence the resulting spectral contour in perceptually unpredictable way.

In the 19th century, european composers became increasingly concerned with ‘sonority’, through development of new orchestration techniques, and wisgart instruments.

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I then edited these into their syllables, ending with more than sources. Thus we may convert all the wavesets to square waves, triangular waves, sine-waves, or even user-defined waveforms.

With a 5 or 6 fold repetition therefore, the source sound begins to reveal a lightning fast stream of pitched beads, all of a slightly different spectral quality. Virtually all processes described in Audible Design are available on the Sound Loom. As this process destroys the original form of the wave I will refer to it as destructive distortion. If the partials are not in this relationship, and provided the relationships from window to window remain relatively stable, the ear’s attempts to extract harmonicity whole number relationships amongst the partials will result in our hearing several pitches in the sound.

A 32 fold repetition produces a clear “random melody” apparently quite divorced from the source.

The noise band was in fact simply a very dense superimposition of many vocal sounds. In general, the effects produced will not be entirely predictable, but they will be tied to the morphology time changing characteristics of the original sound. Bearing in mind that these do not necessarily correspond to true wavecycles, even in relatively simple signals, we will anticipate producing various unexpected artefacts in complex sounds.


Appendix p52 Sound example 3. Two processes are worth mentioning in this respect. Spectral fission can be achieved in a number of quite different ways in the frequency domain.

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New from Digital Music Archives – Download wisharf continually expanding catalogue of electroacoustic music tracks! But, as we have already made clear, many of the areas discussed in the different chapters of this book overlap considerably. We may imagine a new personality combing the beach of sonic possibilities, not someone who selects, rejects, classifies and measures the acceptable, but a chemist who can take any pebble, and, by numerical sorcery, separate its ajdible, merge the constituents from two quite different pebbles and, in fact, transform black pebbles into gold pebbles.

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Audible Design : A Plain and Easy Introduction to Sound Composition

We may replace wavesets with a waveform of a different shape but the same amplitude waveset substitution: More radically, sets of narrow band pass filters can be used to force a complex spectrum onto any desired Hpitch set HArmonic field in the traditional sense.

However, a whole book could be devoted to the spectral characteristics of sounds. This feature can often be enhanced by time-stretching so that the rate of partial change is slowed down.

In this groundbreaking book he reveals the secrets of sound design. In a very simple sound source e. It can, of course, vary formant-wise in time: The music is simply stunningly beautiful, the production and sound quality are as good as it gets.

With an elementary waveset form this adds harmonics in a rational and predictable way. Such distortion procedures work particularly well with short sounds having distinctive loudness trajectories.