[PD] Granular Synthesis Study

Uğur Güney ugurguney at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 11:40:37 CET 2007

# Hi,
# Recently I heard the name of Gabor, a phyisict who had applied the idea of
quanta in acoustics. I didn't read any of his papers but as I understand
what I read about him, he tried to set the mathematical basis of producing
any sound from "tiny sound particles". And today this idea is called
"granular synthesis". There is a book about it "Microsound" by Curtis Roads.
I will look at the book and investigate the idea further.
# Here, I'm attaching some patches about the subject which I studied this
morning and want to share with you :-). there is a unit generator which
produces sinusoidal oscillations enveloped with gaussian distribution curve.
(kleineWelle.pd) The output is a small wave packet. (you can also look at
kleineWelle-help.pd) metroWelle, produces periodic wave packets. [metroWelle
length_of_wave_packet freq_of_osc period] granulator.pd is the main patch
and the area for free study. You can add more metroWelle's and listen to
their sum.
# This is a very primitive kind of granular synthesis. As I now realized
granular synthesis needs enormous control parameters. Preparing every wave
packet by hand is very hard.
# Have a nice day!
-ugur guney-
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