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Sound Synthesis from Real-Time Video Images

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Roger B Dannenberg, Tom Neuendorffer
Digital video offers an interesting source of control information for musical applications. A novel synthesis technique is introduced where digital video controls sound spectra in real time. Light intensity modulates the amplitudes of 32 harmonics in each of several synthesized “voices.” Problems addressed include how to map from video to sound, dealing with global variations in light level, dealing with low frame rates of video relative to high sample rates of audio, and overall system implementation. In one application, images of light reflected from a shallow pool of water are used to control sound, offering a rich tactile interface to sound synthesis.




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