Document Type

Conference Paper


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Electrical and electronic engineering

Publication Details

Digital Audio Effects (DAFx2013),NUI Maynooth, Ireland, September, 2-6, 2013. - Accepted for Publication, pages:1 - 8.


We present a method of simulating audio signals using the prin- ciples of random fractal geometry which, in the context of this paper, is concerned with the analysis of statistically self-affine ‘phaselets’. The approach is used to generate audio signals that are characterised by texture and timbre through the Fractal Dimension such as those associated with bowed stringed instruments. The paper provides a short overview on potential simulation methods us- ing Artificial Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computing and on the problems associated with using a deterministic approach based on solutions to the acoustic wave equation. This serves to quantify the origins of the ‘noise’ associated with multiple scatter- ing events that often characterises texture and timbre in an audio signal. We then explore a method to compute the phaselet of a phase signal which is the primary phase function from which a phase signal is, to a good approximation, a periodic replica and show that, by modelling the phaselet as a random fractal signal, it can be characterised by the Fractal Dimension. The Fractal Dimension is then used to synthesise a phaselet from which the phase function is computed through multiple concatenations of the phaselet. The paper provides details of the principal steps associ- ated with the method considered and examines some example re- sults, providing a URL to m-coded functions for interested readers to repeat the results obtained and develop the algorithms further.