Timbre Interfaces using Adjectives and Adverbs

Johnson, Colin G. and Gounaropoulos, Alex

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

How can we provide interfaces to synthesis algorithms thatwill allow us to manipulate timbre directly, using the sametimbre-words that are used by human musicians to communicate about timbre? This paper describes ongoingwork that uses machine learning methods (principally genetic algorithms and neural networks) to learn (1) to recognise timbral characteristics of sound and (2) to adjust timbral characteristics of existing synthesized sounds.