Concatenative Sound Synthesis


Liang Chen (Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University), Minje Kim (Indiana University SoIC), Christopher Raphael (Indiana University SoIC)

Violin-to-bassoon synthesis

A violin performance is synthesized on the bassoon with the goal of matching the violin's musical gestures. The bassoon is reconstructed by concatenating short excerpts from a bassoon performance database. The example below demonstrates the synthesis program applied to the opening of the Sibelius violin concerto. The bassoon database was generated using recordings by a professional bassoonist (many thanks to Professor Kathleen McLean, professor of bassoon at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). For comparison, a recording is added of the same bassoonist performing the Sibelius excerpt, imitating the violin's expressive gestures.

Target violin performance

Synthesized bassoon

Bassoon imitation of violin performance

Garage Band synthesis of bassoon performance