From Timbre Perception to the Creative Exploration of Musical Instrument Sound Morphing (MORPH)

Presenter: Dr. Marcelo Caetano

The MORPH project proposes to use sound morphing to investigate timbre in traditional musical instruments. Timbre is a complex multi-dimentional perceptual phenomenon considered to be one of the last frontiers of auditory science. Sound morphing is a transformation that gradually blurs the categorical distinction between sounds by blending their sensory attributes. We will use sound morphing to create continuous timbre spaces by filling the gaps between traditional musical instruments, therefore breaking the categorical perception of musical instrument timbre by the auditory illusion of hybrid musical instruments. Then, we will integrate a touch user interface to enable the creative exploration of the timbral gap between traditional musical instrument sounds with morphing. Thus, sound morphing has the potential to advance our understanding of musical timbre and to deliver innovative virtual hybrid musical instruments that push the boundaries of musical expression by moving beyond the physical limitations of acoustic musical instruments and the traditional digital musical instruments that rely on them.

Acknowledgement: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 831852 (MORPH).

(video presentation in portuguese)

When: September 21st, 2021

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