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PD introductions in Norwegian on YouTube

I am teaching two courses this semester:

In both courses I use Pure Data (PD) for demonstrating various interesting phenomena (additive synthesis, beating, critical bands, etc.), and the students also get various assignments to explore such things themselves. There are several PD introduction videos on YouTube in English, but I found that it could be useful to also have something in Norwegian. So far I have made three screencasts going through the basics of PD and sound synthesis:

Janer’s dissertation

I had a quick read of Jordi Janer’s dissertation today: Singing-Driven Interfaces for Sound Synthesizers. The dissertation presents a good overview of various types of voice analysis techniques, and suggestions for various ways of using the voice as a controller for synthesis. I am particularly interested in his suggestion of a GDIF namespace for structuring parameters for voice control:

/gdif/instrumental/excitation/loudness x
/gdif/instrumental/modulation/pitch x
/gdif/instrumental/modulation/formants x1 x2
/gdif/instrumental/modulation/breathiness x
/gdif/instrumental/selection/phoneticclass x

Here he is using Cadoz’ division of various types of instrumental “gestures”: excitation, modulation and selection, something which would also make sense for describing other types of instrumental actions.

I am looking forward to getting back to working on GDIF again soon, I just need to finish this semester’s teaching + administrative work + moving into our new lab first…