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Last Updated: 20060821, mei

Saturday, October 7, 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm


Julius O. Smith III, Stanford University - Stanford, CA, USA

This presentation will review methods for efficient real-time digital sound synthesis based on the physics of musical instruments. Design goals include faithful preservation of both expressive parametric control and synthetic sound quality. Proceeding roughly in historical order, we begin with the "Bicycle Built for Two" sound example of the singing voice by John Kelly, Carol Lochbaum, and Max Mathews (1961). This demo inspired Arthur C. Clark to have the HAL9000 computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey' sing this, its "first song," as it was being disassembled by astronaut Dave Bownam. Following will be a series of sound examples and overviews of later synthesis models similarly based on acoustic signal processing principles. Examples include virtual stringed instruments, wind instruments, singing voice, and "virtual analog” synthesis. Along the way, a sampling of related recent research will be summarized.

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