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Dialogue and democracy


The love of language in American cinema is fundamentaly a love of oratory, arising from its belief in a democratic system in which everyone can have his or her say.

Michel Chion (2009): Film, a Sound Art.
Columbia University Press

YAMLProj - C++ projects for the rest of us



Over the past spring we have done major under-the-hood changes to how C++ projects are maintained in Jamoma. Instead of needing to maintain parallel Xcode and Visual Studio projects (and potential additional projects for iOS and Linux), we now maintin project using simple YAML text files.

Tim has just posted on how this is done on his blog. It is well worth a read, for Jamoma developers as well as others that might be looking for a simple cross-platform project maintenance solution.

Apple, please don't baby-sit me!



I’m currently testing some audio software, and in the process received a mail with the following statement:

Please note that code-signed audio applications cannot instantiate third-party Audio Units plug-ins that are not code-signed.

This is so lame that it’s difficult to understand how anyone at Apple could even come up with the idea.

iZotope Iris is AudioSculpt turned spectral sampler


When AudioSculpt was first released by Ircam back in 1994, it offered ground-breaking new possibilities for spectral analysis and processing of sound. Since then the program has been maintained and updated, and is still available on a yearly subscription basis as part of Ircam Forum.

Related software has been released later on, such as Spear (development might seem to have stalled back in 2009), Raven (mainly geared towards bioacoustic research), MetaSynth and Spectro. Acousmographe from GRM is yet another option that I discovered in the process of writing this post. Adobe Audition also has advanced spectral processing capabilities, and I guess this list is far from extensive.

Anyway, one of the newest kids on the block is iZotope Iris. Iris combines up to three samples that can all be spectrally filtered and combined with an optional syntesised signal (e.g. noise or “dirty” sine tone) that can be spectrally processed as well. With easy to use capabilities for setting in and out points for each sample, looping properties, envelopes, transpositions, time stretching and some common FX processing (distortion, delay, chorus and reverb) Iris offers possibilities for some pretty nifty sound design.


PS: If you know of additional software related to the above, please mail or tweet me, as I would be curious to know.

Best paper award at SMC 2012


The paper “SpatDIF: Principles, Specification, and Examples” by Nils Peters, Jan C. Schacher and Trond Lossius received one of the two best papers awards at the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2012.

The winners are invited to submit a revised and expanded version for publication in a future issue of The Computer Music Journal.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my co-authors for both of the SMC 2012 papers, Nils Peters, Jan Schacher and Tim Place, for their great work on these papers, and for the general inspiring and stimulating collaboration and friendship over several years.


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