Friday, July 31, 2015

[wyfbdhiz] Music as exponentially modulated sine waves

Musical instruments, no matter how limited, have been made to sound good by composers and musicians thoughout the ages.  Apply this idea to the electronic synthesizer (inspired by tone generators of 1980s computers). A synthesizer can play any arbitrary waveform, but that is too many degrees of freedom.  Simplify and limit it.

We propose limiting it to sums of piecewise sine waves amplitude modulated by exponential decay (or growth).  Macros can provide timbres of stacking fundamental frequencies and overtones.

Perhaps add the ability for the frequency to change exponentially, allowing smooth glissandi.

Drum hits, cymbals are not possible, or at least not easy.

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