PhD - SdPhd



This is the starting page for my PhD related section. My PhD studies are expected to last between 2007 and 2011.

The PhD related section contains:

  • The PhD study plan page: Official PhD study plan in pdf format, which contains the official abstract of the PhD project
  • The PhD project page: PowerPoint presentation, and links to different stages of development notes, as well as papers - related to the PhD project
  • The PhD courses page: list of already taken and planned courses, necessary to complete the doctoral studies.

Please proceed to these links, for more details about respective aspects of my PhD studies.

The abstract defining the scope of my PhD project is included below:

Title: On the possibilities for creative live performance using electronic audio sources
Author: Smilen Dimitrov
Starting from the process of identifying distinct playing styles in live performance of electronic music, this PhD project will classify them in respect to their processing power demands, as well as control strategy and synthesis approach.

During this process, the project will identify playing styles that can be conceptually merged (from a musicians perspective) - but have processing power demands that are unaccounted for in current designs of electronic music instrument hardware; and thus such conceptual merging is difficult for demonstration in reality.

Therefore, the project will result with a proposal for open source hardware and software solution, that would turn regular PC hardware into a practical electronic music instrument platform, that would be able to carry out the proposed conceptual merging of live playing styles. The platform prototype will be of sufficient technical fidelity, so as to allow expert musician user evaluation on the viability of merged playing styles for actual live performance.

In addition, the platform will aim to demonstrate implementation of high-fidelity custom sensor interface, applied to software physical audio models, as a demonstration of wider application capabilities. In a wider perspective, the platform could enjoy a broader range of uses - from exploitation as a base for development of new musical interfaces, to use as a tool for academic research into generic application of sensors.

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