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Embodied sound design

  • Autori: Delle Monache, Stefano; Rocchesso, Davide; Bevilacqua, Frédéric; Lemaitre, Guillaume; Baldan, Stefano; Cera, Andrea
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2018
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Embodied sound design is a process of sound creation that involves the designer’s vocal apparatus and gestures. The possibilities of vocal sketching were investigated by means of an art installation. An artist–designer interpreted several vocal self-portraits and rendered the corresponding synthetic sketches by using physics-based and concatenative sound synthesis. Both synthesis techniques afforded a broad range of artificial sound objects, from concrete to abstract, all derived from natural vocalisations. The vocal-to-synthetic transformation process was then automated in SEeD, a tool allowing to set and play interactively with physics- or corpus-based sound models. The voice-driven process and tool, developed and evaluated through design exercises, show how an embodied sound sketching system can work in supporting the externalisation of sonic concepts.