TAPESTREA : Techniques And Paradigms for Expressive Synthesis, Transformation,
and Rendering of Environmental Audio
 (also known as taps)

- - - - a - new - way - to - design - sound - - - -

authors: [ tapestreators ]
date:2004 - present
version: (tap tap)

what is it? : TAPESTREA (or taps) is a unified framework for interactively analyzing, transforming and synthesizing complex sounds. Given one or more recordings, it provides well-defined means to:

  • identify points of interest in the sound and extract them into reusable templates
  • transform sound components independently of the background and/or other events
  • continually resynthesize the background texture in a perceptually convincing manner
  • controllably place event templates over backgrounds, using a novel graphical user interface and/or scripts written in the ChucK audio programming language
  • Taps provides a new way to completely transform a sound scene, dynamically generate soundscapes of unlimited length, and compose and design sound by combining elements from different recordings. Tailored for sound designers, audio researchers, composers, and anyone interested in experimenting with sound.

    go forth and design cool sounds


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    Documentation? Yes!

    Videos :
    Sound Scene Modeling by Example
    (5 min, 67MB, mpeg-4)

    Audio samples :
    Etude pour un enfant seul
    Etude II (loom) | Etude I (zoo)

    Flock | Flock (unplugged)
    (1-minute versions of Etude.)

    JNMR sound examples

    Pubs :
    a dissertation:
    Techniques and Paradigms for Expressive Synthesis, Transformation and Re-composition of Environmental Audio

    ICMC06 paper:
    Musical Tapestry: Re-composing Natural Sounds

    Siggraph06 sketch | DAFx06 paper |
    ICMC08 group face demo

    Reviews :
    in Computer Music Journal:
    "Of the Thursday morning concert I would like to mention Loom (Etude II pour un enfant seul), a collaborative work by Ge Wang, Perry Cook, and Ananya Misra ... who received the award for the best ICMC paper at this year's conference. Loom is a demo-style work, with excellent transformation of natural sounds using software created at Princeton University called TAPESTRA (available for download at taps.cs.princeton.edu). The magical experience of listening to this work was that most of the sound sources used were beautifully manipulated, but nevertheless still identifiable."
    -Silvia Matheus, 2006

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