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New Music Concepts 2015

Controlling Sound Parameters Using Natural Language Expressions

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 1)
ISBN: 978-88-6551-188-6

Author(s): Jan-Torsten Milde

Abstract: This paper describes the ongoing development of a system, that allows to specify sound parameters of a virtual synthesizer using natural language. A sound generated may be described by the user with complex adjective phrases. These instructions are parsed and a semantic representation is created, which in turn is mapped to control parameters of the software synthesizer. The system system is the basis for more elaborate investigation on the relation between sound quality specifications and natural language expressions.

Keywords: Sound parameters, Virtual synthesizer, Semantic representation, Language expressions