Project #10.2 Audio­G­a­r­den: towards a Usable Tool for Com­pos­ite Audio Creation


Companion video to the ACM Audio Mostly 2010 conference paper “Towards User-friendly Audio Creation”.

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This project presents a new approach to sound composition for soundtrack composers and sound designers. We propose a tool for usable sound manipulation and composition that targets sound variety and expressive rendering of the composition. We first automatically segment audio recordings into atomic grains which are displayed on our navigation tool according to their timbre. To perform the synthesis, the user selects one recording as model for rhythmic pattern and timbre evolution, and a set of audio grains. Our synthesis system processes then the chosen sound material to create new sound events based on onset detection of the recording model and similarity measurements between the model and the selected grains. A large variety of sound events such as those encountered in virtual environments or other training simulations.


  • [2010,inproceedings] bibtex Go to document
    Frisson Christian, Picard Cécile, Tardieu Damien, « AudioGarden: towards a Usable Tool for Composite Audio Creation », in « QPSR of the numediart research program », 2010, pp. 33-36.
      author = {Christian Frisson and C\'{e}cile Picard and Damien Tardieu},
      title = {AudioGarden: towards a Usable Tool for Composite Audio Creation},
      booktitle = {{QPSR} of the numediart research program},
      year = {2010},
      editor = {Thierry Dutoit and Beno\^{i}t Macq},
      volume = {3},
      number = {2},
      pages = {33-36},
      month = {6},
      organization = {numediart Research Program on Digital Art Technologies},
      url = {}
  • [2010,inproceedings] bibtex Go to document
    Picard Cécile, Frisson Christian, Tardieu Damien, Macq Benoit, Vanderdonckt Jean, Dutoit Thierry, « Towards User-Friendly Audio Creation », in « Proceedings of the 5th Audio Mostly Conference: A Conference on Interaction with Sound », Pite\ra, Sweden, 2010.
      author = {C\'{e}cile Picard and Christian Frisson and Damien Tardieu and Benoit Macq and Jean Vanderdonckt and Thierry Dutoit},
      title = {Towards User-Friendly Audio Creation},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th Audio Mostly Conference: A Conference on Interaction with Sound},
      year = {2010},
      address = {Pite\r{a},
      month = {September 15-18},
      publisher = {ACM},
      doi = {},
      url = {}