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Virtual and Physical Interfaces for Collaborative Evolution of Sound

Yee-King, Matthew and Woolf, Sam (2003) Virtual and Physical Interfaces for Collaborative Evolution of Sound. Contemporary Music Review, 22 (3). 31 - 41. ISSN 0749-4467

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Yee-King, Matthew and Woolf, Sam

Interactive evolution with genetic algorithms can be used to facilitate the rapid development of interesting sonic forms. This paper describes two rather different and innovative systems that allow multiple users to evolve sound collaboratively. The Sound Gallery was conceived as an interactive installation artwork where the movements of a group of physically present participants are tracked over time and influence the evolution of sound-modifying hardware circuits. AudioServe is a tool that allows visitors to a web-based interface to evolve sounds by mutating virtual frequency and amplitude (FM/AM) modulation circuits left on the server by previous users. The two projects eventually became linked when the physical interface system designed for the Sound Gallery was connected to an adapted version of the audio-synthesis engine built for AudioServe . The two systems are described, the techniques used to create them are explained and some of the issues involved in collaborative sound evolution are discussed.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0749446032000150861
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: collaborative evolution, evolvable hardware, FM synthesis, genetic algorithm, physical/virtual interface, Sound, Music, Evolution, Genetic algorithms, RADIO frequency modulation -- Receivers & reception
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 1 September 2003
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/0749446032000150861
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:05
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 06:12
Item ID: 1532
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532

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