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gendy~ PD + Max/MSP object and libgendy 0.6.0 released!

gendy~ is a C++ library and external for PD and Max/MSP to implement a variant of Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis, a technique developed by Iannis Xenakis. (For a great history and more details check out Sergio Luque’s thesis.

The library is still pretty rough around the edges and more or less completely undocumented, but the external that uses it should be pretty functional. Included with the code is a helpfile (gendy~-help.pd), as well as a gui (gendy-gui.pd) that should make it pretty easy to jump right in. The external is build on Thomas Grill’s Flext library, so it should compile for either PD or Max/MSP. However, it has currently only been tested on PD.

The basic idea of DSS is to describe a waveform with a set of “breakpoints” and interpolate between them to generate the actual audio signal. The set of breakpoints forms a single cycle of a¬†waveform, and each time one cycle gets played, the breakpoints each move for the next cycle. So each breakpoint ends up on a two-dimensional random walk.

One improvement I’ve made to some traditional DSS implementations is the use of cubic spline interpolation instead of linear, which improves the aliasing considerably. It’s not a truly bandlimited signal, but definitely sounds a lot smoother, if that’s what you’re going for.

The other modification is the introduction of selectable center waveforms that the breakpoints will gravitate towards. Right now I only have flat, square, and sine implemented, but I’m planning on including basic triangle and sawtooth as well. The “h_pull” and “v_pull” controls effect how much the breakpoints are pulled towards the center waveform.

The external requires Thomas Grill’s Flext library. Once you have it installed simply run

FLEXTDIR/ pd gcc

From the base gendy directory (Where FLEXTDIR is the location of your flext install) and you should have a shiny new binary in the pd-linux directory. The arguments to will vary depending on your system.

Get the source

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