Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Theory and Practice of Physical Modeling for Musical Sound Transformations: An Instrumental Approach to Digital Audio Effects Based on the CORDIS-ANIMA System
Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos
2nd Author
3rd Author
highest degree
Number of Pages
Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble and University of Athens (cotutelle internationale)
Thesis Supervisor
Claude Cadoz
Supervisor e-mail
claude.cadoz AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Georgios Kouroupetroglou
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
speciality ART, SCIENCES et Technologies
Languages Familiar to Author
Greek, English, French
URL where full thesis can be found
digital audio effects, physcial modeling, musical sound transformation, CORDIS ANIMA, signal processing, instrumental gesture, control, sound processing, mass-interaction formalism
Abstract: 200-500 words
This thesis proposes the use of CORDIS-ANIMA physical modeling formailism as a mean of designing musical sound transformations under the concept of instrumental interaction. It provides new results and new discussions in musical signal processing and in the design of digital audio effects. The outcomes of this study are: (a) Some theoretical aspects concerning the exploit of physical modeling for musical sound transformations (b) The proposition of a simple modular system architecture for the design of physical audio effect models based on a common visual block type programming environment (c) The representation of CA system by a number of helpful mathematical formalisms (d) The redesign/re-definition of several well-known digital audio effects using CA system: filters, delay-based effects, distortions, amplitude modifiers. (e) The redesign/re-definition of FM synthesis using CA system.