Though we commonly describe sound as a wave, a minority viewpoint holds that sound is more properly corpuscular. This concept can be traced back to the atomists, who held that all of nature could be construed as two elements: atom and void. Foremost among these thinkers is Epicurus, who proposed that an infinitesimal "swerve" in the otherwise regular movement of atoms is responsible for all interactions and hence all nature. This paper will illustrate the contemporary relevance of this theory, in light of corpuscular theories of sound, granular synthesis, and the minimal techno of Mika Vainio and Panasonic.
In his undergraduate module at DMARC, University of Limerick, students used Max 7 to implement various forms of sound synthesis, learning the history and digital audio concepts behind each practical technique. Coding style, interface development, and MIDI control are also covered.
Lecturer for this Masters-level module at the Digital Media Research Centre (DMARC), University of Limerick.
This module is part of the newly developed Masters in Art and Technology. Students implement real-time processing systems for audio, video, and other media, using Max 7. Topics include control systems (MIDI, OSC, CV, serial), chaos algorithms, stochastics, and sonification.