Monthly Archives: May 2015

Next Generation Sound Synthesis

Yesterday I attended an AES presentation on the NESS Project by Stefan Bilbao. The NESS project is the “Next Generation Sound Synthesis” project, as a 5 year European Research Funded project, undertaken by University of Edinburgh.

The aim of this project is to explore the possibilities of simulation based synthetic sounds using high performance computing clusters. Numerical simulation methods for physical modelling were presented, with a focus on Finite Difference Time Domain methods for modelling of musical instruments.

The presentation focused on a range of different fields, and presented the state of the art in physical modelling. The advantages of this modelling technique is the possibilities of creating ‘impossible’ instruments, such as a brass instrument that is too large to physically play, but it is still possible to model how it would work with infinite resources or infinite lung capacity.

Brass Instruments, bowed and picked string instrument, and percussion models were all presented, along with physical modelling of acoustics through finite difference and volume models.


I have spent the past five days at the Audio Engineering Society convention in Warsaw, where I stood to become vice chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly for European and International Regions.

The Student Delegate Assembly representatives are a group of four students (two for European and International Regions and two for North and Latin America ) who support students who attend the AES convention, answer student queries, coordinate independent student events and student events at all conventions, represent the student members of the AES within the Education Committee and as part of the AES as a whole. Events run at the convention include Student Recording Competition, Student Design Competition, Student Party, an opening and closing student meeting, and an Education and Career Fair where institutions and companies can exhibit, promote and recruit to students for free. Whilst at the AES convention I also represented Queen Mary at the Education Fair, focusing on Queen Marys new Sound and Music Computing MSc programme.

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