Interaction of acoustic and virtual musical instruments using synthesis models and their inversions

Funding Details
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Grant type: Strategic Projects - Group
  • Years: 2010/11 to 2013/14
  • Total Funding: $213,350
Principle Investigator(s)

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Project Summary

The aim of this project is create a framework whereby scientific researcher (Smyth) and professional musician (Miller) may work collaboratively throughout all the research, development and creative stages in the production of a new media artistic work that interactively explores the relationship between human music production and animal, avian and human vocal communication, orchestrated by interacting traditional and virtual musical instruments. Synthesis/control parameters are to be estimated directly from the sound produced by performed instruments, making the technology transparent to both player and audience.Both Smyth and Miller have a strong interest in the application/relationship of animal sound production to music. Smyth has significantly researched the possibility of integrating aspects of animal sound mechanisms not already employed by traditional musical instruments to advance music technology. Miller, an accomplished saxophone player, with expertise on flute and other winds, is an active composer, always looking to extend traditional use of the saxophone in his improvisations and compositional work, as well as integrating non-traditional musical sound sources, much of which is natural sound, the songs of birds, whales and insects. Smyth and Miller's mutual interest and expertise in both wind instruments and vocal systems has led to this proposed partnership, with highly productive outcomes anticipated for both artistic and scientific components. The proposed work emphasizes both sound production and control, and will involve developing real-time parametric physics-based synthesis models for sound production, instrument model inversions for parameter estimation and control data aquisition of live performing musicians and finally, their integration according to Miller's artistic vision, in a composed work exploring the relationship and sound similarities between musical and human sound and the song produced by animals that cohabit---and are thus directly impacted by their interaction---with humans.