Between chaotic synthesis and physical modelling: Intrumentalizing with Gutter Synthesis

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper presents the Gutter Synthesis project, a synthesis method that combines chaotic synthesis based on the Duffing Oscillator dynamical system with modal-like resonances. The synthesis process is described and the project is related both to prior work on chaotic synthesis and to relevant perspectives from physical modelling. A range of specific kinds of interactions with the synthesis engine are considered, supported by accompanying videos. These interactions demonstrate the complexity of behaviours that can be encountered when interacting with chaotic systems, particularly in relation to hysteresis. The potential of the system to enter different states, and for unstable boundary points to be explored as creative resources are considered and linked to Andy Keep’s notion of instrumentalizing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
EditorsMario Verdicchio, Miguel Carvalhais, Luísa Ribas, André Rangel
Place of PublicationPraça Gomes Teixeira 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
PublisherEditora da Universidade do Porto
ISBN (Electronic)9789897462207
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2019
EventxCoAx 2019: Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X - Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019
Conference number: 7


ConferencexCoAx 2019
Abbreviated titlexCoAx
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • chaotic synthesis
  • interaction
  • hysteresis
  • physical modelling
  • gutter synthesis


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