On the influence of non-linear phenomena on perceived interactions in percussive instruments

Samuel Poirot, Stefan Bilbao, Solvi Ystad, Mitsuko Aramaki, Richard Kronland Martinet

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In this paper, we investigate the hypothesis that perceived impact strength is strongly influenced by the non-linear behavior produced by large deformations in percussive instruments. A sound corpus is first generated from a physical model that simulates non-linear vibrations of a thin plate. The effect of non-linear phenomena on the perceived strength is further quantified through a listening test. The aim of this study is to improve the expressive potential of synthesizers of percussive sounds through the development of signal transformation models.Future work will focus on the modeling of sound morphologies that correspond to non-linear behavior and the development of a transparent control strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research
EditorsM. Aramaki, O. Derrien, R. Kronland-Martinet, S. Ystad
Place of PublicationMarseille
PublisherThe Laboratory PRISM
ISBN (Electronic)9791097498016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • sound synthesis
  • non-linear behavior
  • auditory perception
  • impact sounds
  • control


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