Next Generation Sound Synthesis at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
Abstract: The NESS project (standing for Next Generation Sound Synthesis), funded through a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for five years beginning on January 1, 2012 is an exploratory project, concerned entirely with synthetic sound—and in particular, numerical simulation techniques for physical modelling sound synthesis in parallel hardware. It is a joint project between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, both at the University of Edinburgh. The models developed in the course of the project span a large set of systems, including brass, cymbals and gongs, percussions, guitar/fretboard interaction, bowed strings and large 3D room acoustics simulations. In this talk, an overview of the project will be given, with an emphasis on plate and string synthesis.Music pieces composed entirely with the project's systems will also be played, as well as productions that feature output from the algorithms within a broader studio practice, accompanied by a discussion and brief demonstration of the creative potential of the parameter space.
Dr Michele Ducceschi (http://mdphys.org/ ) is a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is currently developing numerical schemes for nonlinear string vibration, including collision models for the string/fretboard interaction. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées, with a scholarship funded by École Polytechnique in Paris, France, on nonlinear vibration in plates. He is also part of Physical Audio (http://www.physicalaudio.co.uk/ ), a company devoted to developing real-time physical modelling plugins.
Gadi Sassoon is a composer and producer from Milan, Italy. He was composer in residency at the NESS project. His many musical alter egos include cult electronic act ‘Memory9’ as well as the neo-classical/electronic hybrid project ‘The Infinity Orchestra’. Known for bringing together traditional technique with the frontiers of sound synthesis and sound design, he regularly collaborates with several record labels around the world such as Ninja Tune, Warner Music, Circus Company, BBE and many others. He is part of Ninja Tune’s Just Ins’t Music composer roster, and his compositions have been heard on TV shows, movies and games, most recently on NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ and Fox’s ‘Pitch’. He holds a BA in Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music and and MA in Sound Arts from Middlesex University London.