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Visually Controlled Synthesis Using the Sonic Scanner and the Graphonic Interface

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This paper describes the concepts, design, implementation, and evaluation of two new interfaces for music performance and composition and their control of various synthesis algorithms through the visual domain. Both of the interfaces were inspired by the idea of generating music through drawing, but they approach the activity in different ways; while the Graphonic Interface allows you to make music as you are drawing, the Sonic Scanner needs pre-composed graphic material in order to make music. However, both of the devices are real-time controllers that produce sound in an interactive manner, thereby allowing them to be used as performance instruments.

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