Using Strange Attractors to Model Sound

As I mentioned before, my interest in uncontrollable computer algorithm involves also the sound sphere. It’s been for few years I’m following Jonathan Mackenzie an artist based in england, who is exploring complex scientific discoveries and than trying to find a solution how to use them as tools in computer generated works. 

His PhD Thesis at the Sound Engineering Lab (King’s College London 1994) referred to the “theory of chaos” …

What is Chaos Theory?

Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom. For example, by understanding the complex, chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere, a balloon pilot can “steer” a balloon to a desired location. By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.

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…he actually developed an application that allows you to input live recording and to process it through an algorithm. You are able to modify the formula by moving with a linear intersection on an XY array. While using it I was recording the sound of a sander grinding a glass support.

Here is the result:

In my opinion the application has few limits as impressive it sounds, there is quite often feeling of similar repetition, but the repetition has also a logical presence as in the fractal world self-similarity emerge  across different scales..

Finally I had to reduce the track as it was on the peak. For that I used iZotope Ozone program to equalize it.

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also the dimensional repartition in space was only on the center, I don’t know why actually but I found a way how to excite it on the LR spectrum.


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