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We might also change the spectrum by applying a power factor to the waveform shape itself waveset distortion: If the amplitude data is held constant then the channel frequencies continue to vary as in the original signal.

However, a systematic approach to sound itself had to wait for the invention of sound recording and the accurate computer analysis of sounds. Here we have attempted to focus on sound composition in a particular way, through the concept of “spectrum”. New from Digital Music Archives – Download a continually expanding catalogue of electroacoustic music tracks!

Thus we may convert all the wavesets to square waves, triangular waves, sine-waves, or even user-defined waveforms. This means that the partials are moved upwards in such a way that their whole number relationships are preserved less and less exactly and eventually lost.

Denis Smalley is one of the UK’s best known composers of electroacoustic music, and this CD is a personal favourite of ours – definitely a desert island disc. Such distortion procedures work particularly well with short sounds having distinctive loudness trajectories.

We can also imagine a kind of harmonic to inharmonic vibrato-like fluctuation within a sound. Wavesets correspond to wavecycles in many pitched sounds, but not always Appendix p Because most conventional acoustic instruments have no articulate time-varying control over spectral contour one of the few examples is hand manipulable brass mutesthe concept of formant control is less familiar as a musical concept to traditional composers.

This technique can be applied to any source, whether it be spectrally pitched harmonicor inharmonic, and gives us a means of passing from articulate noise to articulate not-noise spectra in a seamless fashion. We hold the frequencies of the partials, allowing their loudnesses to vary as originally.


A not-too-narrow and static band pass filter will transform a complex sound-source usually retaining its morphology time-varying shape so that the resulting sound will relate to the source sound through its articulation in time. When only a few components are left, any sound is reduced to a delicate tracery of shifting sine-wave constituents. The following manipulations suggest themselves. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. By making perceptible what was not previously perceptible we effect a “magical” transformation of the sonic material.

It can, of course, vary formant-wise in time: Dutch “gh” or from extremely time-contracted speech streams. Spectral time-stretching, which we will deal with more fully in Chapter 11, can produce unexpected spectral consequences when applied to noisy sounds.

Appendix p52 Sound example 3. If you don’t already have this Audiblee, don’t put it off any longer.

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Values of N at the threshold of grain perceptibility are especially interesting. Most ajdible with a traditional background almost equate “timbre” with instrument type some instruments producing a variety of “timbres” e. This can be used to “wash out” the detail in a segmented signal and works especially effectively dwsign spikey crackly signals those with brief, bright peaks.

You can now download a selection of single tracks of music from our website. A good example of the complexity of noise itself is “noisy noise”, the type of crackling signal one gets from very poor radio reception tuned to no particular station, from masses of wishrat click-like sounds either in regular layers – cicadas – or irregular – masses of breaking twigs or pebbles falling onto tiles – or semi-regular – the gritty vocal sounds produced by water between the tongue and palate in e.

In the 19th century, european composers became increasingly concerned with ‘sonority’, through development of new orchestration techniques, and new instruments. Tfevor p50 and then repeating the wavesets before proceeding to the next Waveset time-stretching we may time stretch the source without altering its pitch see elsewhere for the limitations on this process.


Again, aishart N is large we produce a fairly predictable brassage of reverse segments, but with smaller values of N the signal is altered in subtle ways. This mimics part of the effect of several voices attempting to deliver the same information. This gave no insight into the subtlety and multidimensionality of sound spectra. We may average the spectral data in a each frequency-band channel over N time-windows spectral blurring thus reducing the amount of detail available for reconstructing the signal.

Get fast, free shipping with Grevor Prime. Or we can hold their amplitudes stationary, allowing the frequencies to vary as originally. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Although this process appears to be similar to the wishatr of spectral blurring, it is in fact quite irrational, averaging the waveset length and the wave shape and hence the resulting spectral contour in perceptually unpredictable way.

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Many of these processes e. This can be achieved purely vocally over a drone pitch by using appropriate vowel formants to emphasise partials above the fundamental. This process is described in Chapter 2, and in the under formant preserving spectral manipulation in Appendix p With a complex waveform, it enriches the spectrum dewign a not wholly predictable way, though we can fairly well predict how the spectral energy will be redistributed.

As this process destroys the original form of the wave I will refer to it as destructive distortion. We reach the area of noise see below.