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Mapping and Visualization with SuperCollider

By : Marinos Koutsomichalis
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Mapping and Visualization with SuperCollider

By: Marinos Koutsomichalis

Overview of this book

SuperCollider is an environment and programming language used by musicians, scientists, and artists who work with audio-files SuperCollider has built-in graphical features which are used in conjunction with the sound synthesis server to create audio-visual mapping and sound visualization. If you wish to create data visualizations by acquiring data from audio and visual sources, then this book is for you.Digital sound artists need to analyze, manipulate, map, and visualize data when working on a scientific or an artistic project. As an artist, this book, by means of its numerous code examples will provide you with the necessary knowledge of SuperCollider's practical applications, so that you can extract meaningful information from audio-files and master its visualization techniques. This book will help you to prototype and implement sophisticated visualizers, sonifiers, and complex mappings of your data.This book takes a closer look at SuperCollider features such as plotting and metering functionality to dispel the mysterious aura surrounding the more advanced mappings and animation strategies. This book also takes you through a number of examples that help you to create intelligent mapping and visualization systems. Throughout the course of the book, you will synthesize and optimize waveforms and spectra for scoping as well as extract information from an audio signal. The later sections of the book focus on advanced topics such as emulating physical forces, designing kinematic structures, and using neural networks to enable you to develop a visualization that has a natural motion with structures that respect anatomy and which come with an intelligent encoding mechanism. This book will teach you everything you need to work with intelligent audio-visual systems to extract and visualize audio-visual data.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Chapter 2. Waveform Synthesis

As far as scoping in the time-domain is concerned, we need to be able to optimize our waveforms so that they both look and sound interesting. Subsequently, we will elaborate on a series of techniques to synthesize and manipulate waveforms from a purely visual-oriented perspective. Even if these techniques originate from the realms of traditional audio synthesis or Digital Signal Processing (DSP), we will use the rather uncanny term waveform synthesis herein to emphasize that our focus is on the visual aspects of audio signals. It has to be noted that in defiance of the abundance of technical handbooks relevant to audio synthesis, waveform synthesis has been largely overlooked hitherto.

The topics that will be covered in this chapter are as follows:

  • Waveform synthesis fundamentals

  • Custom periodic and aperiodic waveform generators

  • Wavetable lookup and wave shaping synthesis

  • Unary, binary, and bitwise waveform transformations