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Swarm Granulator

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This paper describes a Swarm Granulator, a new application of particle swarms to sound synthesis. Granulation, an established technique in sound synthesis, depends on many parameters which are non-intuitive and hard to control from a human perspective. It is proposed here that a particle swarm can organize these parameters and produce musically interesting and novel timbres. A crucial element of the system is the self-organization of grain parameters around attractors which themselves represent musical events and textures in an external environment. This means that Swarm Granulator is interactive, and not merely reactive.


  • Particle Swarm
  • Coulomb Repulsion
  • Particle Position
  • Musical Experience
  • Musical Structure

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Blackwell, T., Young, M. (2004). Swarm Granulator. In: , et al. Applications of Evolutionary Computing. EvoWorkshops 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3005. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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