A toolkit for experimentation with signal interaction

Øyvind Brandtsegg
DAFx-2015 - Trondheim
This paper will describe a toolkit for experimentation with signal interaction techniques, also commonly referred to as cross adaptive processing. The technique allows analyzed features of one audio signal to inform the processing of another. Earlier used mainly for mixing and post production purposes, we now want to use it creatively as an intervention in the musical communication between two performers. The idea stems from Stockhausen’s use of intermodulation in the 1960’s, and as such we might also call the updated technique interprocessing. Our interest in the technique comes as a natural extension to previous research on live processing as an instrumental and performative activity. The automatic control of signal processing routines is related to previous work on adaptive audio effects and automatic mixing. The focus for our investigation and experimentation with the current toolkit will be how this affects the musical communication between performers, and how it changes what they can and will play. The program code for the toolkit is available as a github repository1 under an open source license.