[PD] ANNOUNCE: ANTSynth - Pure Data prototype premiere

Lorenzo Sutton lorenzofsutton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 18:59:12 CEST 2012

Dear Pd community,

The international research team of which I am a humble member (PPMR - 
ParaPonera Music Research) is proud to release today the first working 
prototype of ANTSynth (see below) developed as Pure Data patch.
Attached is a standalone prototype patch which should work directly in 
Pd (make sure DSP is working and use the main toggle to start).

Testing and (constructive) critique are very welcome (please consider 
this is very preliminary!!)


A little background on Antsynth (more details and links in the patch and 
future posts):

ANTSynth is a cutting edge, innovative synthesis method. It stands for 
Ant Stimulation Turmoil Synthesis. Inspired by Natural Science, Biology 
and pioneering Engineer studies it creates unique additive-aggregate 
mesh-able (over)tones with complete formations of broad spectra which in 
turn the modern composer can imply (we think) in any composition.
ANT synthesis is inspired by the Natural Sciences as it translates into 
sound some of the most interesting patterns of ants' complex social 
behaviour as outlined by Ted R. Schultz in his paper “In search of ant 
ancestors”. ANTSynth is created by an international team of biologists, 
engineers, sound designers and programmers (PPMR) and will be released 
as Open Source in the hope that it will be useful for the future 
generations of researchers, sound designers, artist, biologists, composers.
Many questions and issues about the feasibility and optimisation of 
ANTSynth remain but preliminary results seem to be promising.

Minimal background bibliography:

D. Moody , A Field Study of the Ant Trail Phenomenon , Division of 
Natural Science , The University of Findlay , 2000
John M. Chowning, The Synthesis of Complex Audio Spectra by Means of 
Frequency Modulation, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 1973
Julius O. Smith III. "Additive Synthesis (Early Sinusoidal Modeling)". 
Retrieved 2012-01-14. "The term "additive synthesis" refers to sound 
being formed by adding together many sinusoidal components" - 

Ettershank, G. 1965. A new modular-design artificial ant nest. Turtox 
News, 43:42–43.
Holldobler, B., M. Moglich, and U. Maschwitz. 1974. Communication by 
tandem running in the  ant Camponotus sericeus. Journal of Comparative 
Physiology, 90:105–127.
Horn, D. J. 1976. Biology of insects. W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia. 
[Pages 3, 16–31, 207–208,  238–240]
Jacobson, M. 1972. Insect sex pheromones. Academic Press, New York. 
[Pages 1–2, 79–100,  and 101–120]
Markin, G. P. 1968. Handling techniques for large quantities of ants. 
Journal of Economic  Entomology, 61:1744–1745.
Moody, D. L. 1981. Ant trails. The American Biology Teacher, 43:452–453.
Wilson, E. O. 1963. Pheromones. Scientific American, 208:100–114.
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