Tuesday, January 06, 2015

3D: A Spatial Auditory Icon Theme Generated Using CSound

Using CSound To Generate Auditory Icons

1 Auditory Icon Theme: 3d

CSound is a sophisticated music sound synthesis system with a strong community of developers. I've played off and on with CSound ever since the early 90's and have always been intrigued by the possibility of algorithmically creating new auditory icon themes for Emacspeak using CSound.

Over the holidays last December, I finally got around to creating my first complete CSound-generated auditory icon theme – it is now checked into Emacspeak SVN as theme 3d. This theme is best experienced with headphones — many of the generated icons use spatial audio to good effect.