Progress in Digital Sound Synthesis for Physically Based Animation (Invited Talk)

  • Doug L. James
Part of the Mathematics for Industry book series (MFI, volume 4)


Natural sounds are all around us. The sound of my son struggling to get out of his wet rain coat, or rain boots squeaking across the floor. The sound of lemonade pouring into an ice-filled glass, or the ocean crashing at your feet. In this chapter I describe progress toward the sound synthesis goals by our group at Cornell, and mention some of the many remaining challenges.


Sound synthesis Sound rendering Vibration analysis Thin-shell solids Brittle structure 


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    An SS, James DL, Marschner S (2012) Motion-driven concatenative synthesis of cloth sounds. ACM Trans Graph 31(4):102:1–102:10Google Scholar
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    Chadwick JN, An SS, James DL (2009) Harmonic shells: a practical nonlinear sound model for near-rigid thin shells. ACM Trans Graph 28(5):119:1–119:10Google Scholar
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    Chadwick JN, James DL (2011) Animating fire with sound. ACM Trans Graph 30(4):84:1–84:8Google Scholar
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    Chadwick JN, Zheng C, James DL (2012) Precomputed acceleration noise for improved rigid-body sound. ACM Trans Graph 31(4);103:1–103:9Google Scholar
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    Zheng C, James DL (2009) Harmonic fluids. ACM Trans Graph 28(3):37:1–37:12Google Scholar
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    Zheng C, James DL (2010) Rigid-body fracture sound with precomputed soundbanks. ACM Trans Graph 29(4):69:1–69:13Google Scholar
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    Zheng C, James DL (2011) Toward high-quality modal contact sound. ACM Trans Graph 30(4):38:1–38:12Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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