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WHAT IS “SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S?


SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S., (Music Automation Synthesis Symposium) is a one-day symposium about the current state-of-the-art and future of digital music synthesis and the influence of Artificial Intelligence on music creation and automation. This symposium is for synthesis musicians, performers, educators, technology geeks, and enthusiasts. The symposium will feature speakers in the areas of digital music automation & creation, and digital and analog synthesis.



SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S II 2021:

CROSSROADS: Digital vs Analog Synthesis - What is the Future of Synthesis?


CROSSROADS: Digital vs. Analog Synthesis will be a discussion about the “Future of Synthesis”. At this year’s SGM, we will cover how sound synthesis is generated and the different types of synthesis such as:


  1.     Physical Modeling   

  2.     Subtractive/Additive

  3.     Sampling

  4.     FM



ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

INTRO & TALK 1:  12: 30 - 12:57 PM EST.


Topic (DIGITAL):

Overview of Sample-Based Synthesis


This discussion will a provide high level overview of sample-based synthesis and a demonstration of basic sampling using a Roland Fantom X.


Duration: 10 minutes

Q & A: 5 Minutes

 

Format: A mix of live presenting,

a few slides and a few short video clips.

 

SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S. was originally conceived by the NEOACM Band. NEOACM is a non-profit organization and a local professional chapter of the ACM. The ACM is an International 501 (c)(3) dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering, and application of information technology, serving both professional and public interests by fostering the open interchange of information and promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. As a local chapter of ACM, we are also dedicated to providing services to the Northeast Ohio community by sponsoring events such as this.


There are many members of the chapter that are musicians interested in synthesis. As a chapter, we were very interested in Artificial Intelligence and had sponsored many events around this subject. We decided to host this symposium due to the impact of AI on automation and creative music generation. These symposiums are biennial. This is our second one. The first symposium was in 2018. We could not hold our second one until this year due to the 2020 pandemic.

  1.    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:

    JORDAN RUDESS (Dream Theater)

  1.    Physical Modeling with GEOSHRED


OTHER TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: 


  1.     SAMPLE-BASED SYNTHESIS

  2.     DIGITAL SUBTRACTIVE SYNTHESIS

  3.     OVERSAMPLING

  4.     DIGITAL MODELS OF ANALOG FILTERS

  5.     ... AND MORE

THEME: What is the Future of Synthesis?

OUR SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: 2:10 - 2:45 PM  EST

JORDAN

RUDESS

TOPIC:

PHYSICAL MODELING

WITH THE GEOSHRED (2:15 - 2:45 PM)

JULIE SWANGO

(12:42 - 12:57 PM)


Software Developer,

Musician, and Audio Enthusiast


Software Epistemologist for Ctest Labs, Synthesist and Pianist for Artificial Consciousness Machines Quintet


Topic (DIGITAL):

Sample Sourced Oscillators and Digital Synthesis, A Step Beyond Analog


This talk compares digital sound shaping and synthesis to analog subtractive synthesis techniques.

It compares and contrasts sample-sourced to analog oscillators, digital

to analog filters, and digital to analog envelopes.

 

CAMERON HUGHES

TALK 2:  12: 57 - 1:12 PM EST.

TALK 3:  1:12 - 1:27 PM EST.


Programmer, Educator, Musician, Recording Engineer


Topic (ANALOG):

A Trick of the Tail: A Survey of Reverberation


This talk will cover the techniques from the 1950's to today, from physical tanks to digital convolution techniques in software. James will examine how creating the illusion of audio spaces for studio recording has kept pace with advances in

technology for the past 7 decades.


Duration: 10 minutes

Q & A: 5 Minutes

 

Format: Live presentation with slides.

JAMES DITTRICH

“VIRTUAL” MUSIC AUTOMATION  

SYNTHESIS SYMPOSIUM

 

SATURDAY,

MARCH 6, 2021

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST

VIDEOS & OPEN DISCUSSION  1:27 - 2:02 PM EST.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: 2:15 - 2:45 PM EST.

The talk will cover Nyquist Frequency and scale, and oversampling. It will provide a quick overview to subtractive and granular sound sculpting. Cameron will discuss a future of hybrid synthesis techniques and sound sculpting with sample-sourced oscillators.


Duration: 10 minutes

Q & A: 5 Minutes

 

Format: Video presentation with slides, and diagrams. Live Q & A.

Brief video introduction about the history of synthesis. The video will answer

the questions:


How are synthetic sounds generated?

How were synthesizers invented?

What were the first synthesizers?

Who was Robert Moog and Dave Smith?

VIDEO & INTRO:

BRIEF HISTORY OF

SYNTHESIS

(12:30 - 12:42 PM)


This video will cover the types of

synthesis discussed in this symposium.

VIDEO:

TYPES OF

SYNTHESIS

(1:27 - 1:42 PM)


This “Open Discussion” will

cover “The Future of Synthesis” with our

participants.


OPEN

DISCUSSION

(1:42 - 2:02 PM)

ABOUT SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S. I   9.22.2018

Here are a list of resources related to the topics presented at this symposium. Please explore these links and papers. If there are any additional information related to this symposium you would like contact:


tracey.hughes@neoacmchapter.org

ABOUT NEOACM (NORTHEAST OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY) / ACM QUINTET

DIGITAL & ANALOG SYNTHESIS RESOURCES

SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S I took place on Sept. 22, 2018. Our special guest speaker was DAVE SMITH, creator of MIDI and “Dave Smith Instruments. Other special guests were ROGER DANNENBURG, creator of AUDACITY, and BOZHIDAR BOZHANOV, creator of the Computoser, an algorithmic composer. Some of the topics covered by our special guest speakers and tech talkers were:


  1. History of MIDI


  1. Integration of computers into Live Performances


  1. Applications of machine learning in Music Generation

JORDAN RUDESS

TOPIC (DIGITAL):

PHYSICAL MODELING

WITH THE GEOSHRED (2:15 - 2:45 PM)

Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater.  Jordan owns the successful IOS app development company Wizdom Music. Its latest app GeoShred, was created in collaboration with moForte,  founding members of Stanford University’s Sondius team.  In addition, Jordan is Artist in Residence at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

Official Websites: www.Jordanrudess.com

www.patreon.com/

jordanrudess.

Social Media

IG: Jcrudess

Facebook: Jordan Rudess

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Six years ago, when we discovered that a numbers of our NEOACM members were musicians, we also decided to form a band that would perform and make donations to the chapter. The band was called "Average Computing Musicians". But when we became self-aware, we morphed into version 2.0: the "Artificial Consciousness Machines".

We play music in a world where machines have artificial intelligence and our music reflect and comment on the intersection between AI, technology and society. We explore the impact of technology on music performance and musical structure. We play original music and “Strange Arrange” of obscure songs. Our members are comprised of computer geeks and professionals that have a passion for tech and music.

Links for ACM Quintet:

  1. Quintet Website


Some Performances:

  1. Federal Frenzy (2018)


Online Concert (2020)

  1. Favorite Things

  2. Egomaniac

  3. Echoes of Harlem