VIRTUAL VOICES ON HANDS: PROMINENT APPLICATIONS ON THE SYNTHESIS AND CONTROL OF THE SINGING VOICE

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

SMC Conference 2004 (2004)

URL:

files/proceedings/2004/P8.pdf

Abstract:

he on-going research of the last thirty years on the synthesis of the singing voice highlights different aspects of this implicative field which involves the interdisciplinary area of musical acoustics, signal processing, linguistics, artificial intelligence, music perception and cognition, music information retrieval and performance systems. Recent work shows that the musical and natural quality of singing voice synthesis has evolved enough for high fidelity commercial applications to be realistically envisioned. In the first paragraph of this paper we are going to highlight briefly the different aspects of the on-going research (synthesis models, performance by rules, text- to- speech synthesis, controllers) through a taxonomy of these approaches. In the second part we are going to emphasize on the utility and the different applications of this research area (including the recent commercial ones) as a tool for the music creativity by presenting audio and video excerpts of various approaches through a MIDI accordion. Finally, we are going to present future and related work on Greek singing, outlining a new research project named ΑOIDOS /Virtual Greek singer which is under development at the University of Athens. By this article we want to highlight the prominent applications of this research domain in the field of musicology and music creation and music education.