“GMU” – An Integrated Microsound Synthesis System

  • Laurent Pottier
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-39900-1_9

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2771)
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Pottier L. (2004) “GMU” – An Integrated Microsound Synthesis System. In: Wiil U.K. (eds) Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. CMMR 2003. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2771. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The GMEM (National Center for Musical Creation) has created an integrated microsound synthesis system called GMU (“GMEM Microsound Universe”) inside the Max/MSP environment. GMU works in real time and its center is made of a few microsound synthesis objects (written in C at GMEM). Around these objects, we have elaborated sophisticated sound control strategies, with high-level interactive access inputs. They can be deterministics or stochastics. The whole system offers many connections with tools for Composition Aided by Computers (written in Common Lisp and Java) and tools for sound analysis. Before describing our system and its applications, we will show how the synthesis and transformations of microsound have already been significant in music nowadays.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurent Pottier
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  1. 1.Research engineer – Gmem (Marseille)Centre National de Création Musicale 

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