Experiments With a New Customisable Interactive Evolution Framework

Collins, Nick (2002) Experiments With a New Customisable Interactive Evolution Framework. Organised Sound, 7 (3). pp. 263-273. ISSN 13557718

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This article collates results from a number of applications of interactive evolution as a sound designer's tool for exploring the parameter spaces of synthesis algorithms. Experiments consider reverberation algorithms, wavetable synthesis, synthesis of percussive sounds and an analytical solution of the stiff string. These projects share the property of being difficult to probe by trial and error sampling of the parameter space. Interactive evolution formed the guidance principle for what quickly proved a more effective search through the multitude of parameter settings.

The research was supported by building an interactive genetic algorithm library in the audio programming language SuperCollider. This library provided reusable code for the user interfaces and the underlying genetic algorithm itself, whilst preserving enough generality to support the framework of each individual investigation.

Whilst there is nothing new in the use of genetic algorithms in sound synthesis tasks, the experiments conducted here investigate new applications such as reverb design and an analytical stiff string model not previously encountered in the literature. Further, the focus of this work is now shifting more into algorithmic composition research, where the generative algorithms are less clear-cut than those of these experiments. Lessons learned from the deployment of interactive evolution in sound design problems are very useful as a reference for the extension of the problem set.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Nick Collins
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 13:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22767
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