AudioScapes-Touch-Based and Gestural Interfaces


“There is a growing interest in touch-based and gestural interfaces as alternatives to the dominant mouse, keyboard and monitor interaction. Content and context-aware visualizations of audio collections have been proposed as a more effective way to interact with the increasing amounts of audio data available digitally. Audioscapes is a framework for prototyping and exploring how touch-based and gestural controllers can be used with state-of-the-art content and context-aware visualizations. By providing well-defined interfaces and conventions a variety of different audio collections, controllers and visualization methods can be combined to create innovative ways of interacting with large audio collections. We describe the overall system architecture, the currently available components and specific case studies.

The positions of the songs on the grid are not placed by hand, but are rather an emergent property of the music itself.”
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The Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics-Archive of Recorded Animal Sounds

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“The BLB houses one of the largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world. Founded by the late Dr. Donald Borror, Professor of Entomology and Zoology at The Ohio State University, the collection contains over 34,000 recordings of over 1500 species of animals.”

Freeware Impulse Responses

“A convolution reverb is a plugin for sound editors like Digital Performer, ProTools, Logic and Cubase VST. It is a room simulator and it works with samples from real acoustic spaces. These spaces are ‘captured’ using a special sweep tone played by a speaker and recorded by microphones in the actual space, or by firing an alarm pistol and recording that with microphones. A convolution reverb adds the same sound to any sound that it is used on as what the room did to the gunshot or sweep. This sample is called an impulse response, in short: IR.”

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