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A novel user interface for musical timbre design

Seago, Allan; Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2010). A novel user interface for musical timbre design. In: Audio Engineering Society 128th Convention, Audio Engineering Society, London, article no. 8140.

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The complex and multidimensional nature of musical timbre is a problem for the design of intuitive interfaces for sound synthesis. A useful approach to the manipulation of timbre involves the creation and subsequent navigation or search of n-dimensional coordinate spaces or timbre spaces. A novel timbre space search strategy is proposed, based on weighted centroid localization (WCL). The methodology and results of user testing of two versions of this strategy in three distinctly different timbre spaces are presented and discussed. The paper concludes that this search strategy offers a useful means of locating a desired sound within a suitably configured timbre space.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors, 2010 The Audio Engineering Society
Extra Information: Paper number is 8140
Keywords: user interface; interaction design; human computer interaction; musical timbre; timbre space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 28142
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2011 16:10
Last Modified: 22 May 2020 23:07
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