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Scanning Spaces : Paradigms for Spatial Sonification and Synthesis

Author:
McGee, Ryan Michael
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Media Arts and Technology
Degree Supervisor:
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Music and Computer science
Keywords:
Spatialization
Synthesis
Modulation
Sound
Spatial
Sonification
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

In 1962 Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Concept of Unity in Electronic Music" introduced a connection between the parameters of intensity, duration, pitch, and timbre using an accelerating pulse train. In 1973 John Chowning discovered that complex audio spectra could be synthesized by increasing vibrato rates past 20Hz. In both cases the notion of acceleration to produce timbre was critical to discovery. Although both composers also utilized sound spatialization in their works, spatial parameters were not unified with their synthesis techniques. This dissertation examines software studies and multimedia works involving the use of spatial and visual data to produce complex sound spectra. The culmination of these experiments, Spatial Modulation Synthesis, is introduced as a novel, mathematical control paradigm for audio-visual synthesis, providing unified control of spatialization, timbre, and visual form using high-speed sound trajectories.

The unique, visual sonification and spatialization rendering paradigms of this dissertation necessitated the development of an original audio-sample-rate graphics rendering implementation, which, unlike typical multimedia frameworks, provides an exchange of audio-visual data without downsampling or interpolation.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (160 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f38g8k79
ISBN:
9781339471570
Catalog System Number:
990046179930203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Ryan McGee
File Description
Access: Public access
McGee_ucsb_0035D_12560.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)