Progress report on the Mapping Library for Pd - Steiner, Henry


pd convention 2007 catalogue-pd/

In the context of building musical instruments using computers, mapping control data to sound generation has been discussed for decades. Yet unlike the standard unit generators for synthesis and effects, there is no standard catalog of mapping methods. The Mapping Library for Pd is a fledgling library of mapping primitives with the aim of cataloging existing mapping methods. Also included are techniques for conditioning sensor data to make it usable in the context of instrument design. As part of the process of generating a catalog of fundamental building blocks for mapping, we are creating a software library of mapping methods based on both research and real world projects. The ultimate goal is to derive a set of unit generators for mapping, plotting out the most basic building blocks for creating instrument mappings. This paper presents some foundationsand recent exploration related to shaping curves and physical modeling fonctions.