Sybil: Synthesis by Interactive Learning

Michael Clarke, Ashley Watkins, Mathew Adkins, Mark Bokowiec

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This paper introduces Sybil, an interactive tool for assisting in the teaching of sound synthesis and processing. We have created a ‘browser’ in MSP that permits patchers to be assembled into a structured learning package. All the sophistication and flexibility of MSP is available. Sybil provides text accompanied by examples that students can manipulate in real-time, hearing the results and seeing the effect of their changes on the signal and spectrum. This link between theory and practice greatly enhances the learning experience and makes an important link from theory to the creative potential of these techniques. Sybil works on three levels: (1) there are the modules we have created, (2) being written in MSP the program is easily extensible, (3) students learning to use MSP themselves may use the patchers that generate sound in Sybil as the basis for further exploration or creative work. A demonstration will accompany the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 30th International Computer Music Association, ICMC 2004
EditorsGeorge Tzanetakis, Georg Essl, Colby Leider
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780971319226
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004
Event30th International Computer Music Conference - Miami, United States
Duration: 1 Nov 20046 Nov 2004
Conference number: 30

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
PublisherUniversity of Michigan
ISSN (Print)2223-3881


Conference30th International Computer Music Conference
Abbreviated titleICMC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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