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Kyma X Revealed!
Sound and Video Clips
Sound and Video Examples of Sample Cloud, Psi, Spectra & GA Resynthesis & Morphing
Kyma X.82 adds three types of morphing (Morph1d, Morph2dKeymapped, and Morph3d) to three synthesis algorithms (Psi, SampleCloud, and GA) and a Spectrum source (used in conjunction with the OscillatorBank, FilterBank, CloudBank, and FilterBank) to give 21 new ways to synthesize, resynthesize, and morph.
All sounds in these examples are synthetic, not samples, and are performed live without subsequent editing or post-processing.
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3d Psi Morph on iPad (video)
: Morph3dPsi morphing Tuva singer, bongo, flute, angry cat, female voice, violin, cat meow, and shakuhachi using pen tab of Kyma Control on an iPad.
: The foreground 'melody' is performed live on a Continuum Fingerboard, using KeyTimbre (near/far) and KeyVelocity (pressure) to morph between re-synthesized violin, trombone and flute. In the background, Kyma is generating the Sax/Flute morph pattern.
: Voice morphing to bowed glass using Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum performed on keyboard tab of Kyma Control and piano spectrum controlling FilterBank with vinyl clicks input performed on standard MIDI keyboard.
seedBox (by Cristian Vogel)
: MultiSampleCloud with chaotic controls applied to
's sample library.
: Morph2dKeymappedPsi morphing struck glass to guitar harmonic controlled by AnalogSequencer and Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum of flute to bowed glass controlled by Kyma Control on an iPad.
: A Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum of piano re-synthesized by a CloudBank and performed on a standard MIDI keyboard.
: Piano spectra in Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum controlling FormantBank played on standard keyboard with ModWheel controlling !ScaleFormant.
: Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum controlling FormantBank of organ and voice with slowly changing !ScaleFormant.
peace flute (video)
: A flute with a time-stretched attack using Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum and played on the Tonnetz.
: Comical psi voice resynthesis with various formant shifts through a ping pong delay.
: Guitar/Bass pizz Morph2dKeymappedPsi controlled by AnalogSequencer with Morph2dKeymappedPsi flute and cello performed on Continuum Fingerboard using KeyVelocity to control ScaleSusDur on the flute to create flutter tongue effect.
: Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum guitar and Morph2dKeymappedGA piano controlled by AnalogSequencer & Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum of cello and trombone controlled by Kyma Control on an iPad.
new music ensemble
: Morph2dKeymappedPsi struck glass, plucked strings, bowed strings, flute, trombone, performed on Continuum Fingerboard.
driving in snow (for jvs)
: Morph2dKeymappedPsi of struck and bowed glass controlled by random number generators and MIDI keyboard.
tablet speech morph (dry) (video)
: Morph3dPsi morph among four different people counting, controlled by Wacom tablet.
: Morph2dKeymappedPsi morphing saxophone to flute, folk harp to voice, piano to bass clarinet, guitar to organ, performed on Continuum Fingerboard.
pno sax loop
: Piano and Sax Morph2dKeymappedPsi loop performed on Continuum Fingerboard.
: Flute, violin, bass clarinet Morph2dKeymappedPsi controlled by AnalogSequencer with two layers of Morph2dKeymappedPsi Voices performed on Continuum Fingerboard.
slide guitar trombone
: Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum guitar and trombone performed on a Continuum fingerboard.
rando morph psi
: Rapid jumping between timbres using Psi resynthesis.
piano voice (video)
: Morph2dKeymappedPsi of Voice and Piano controlled first by the modulation wheel on a standard MIDI keyboard, then by the KeyTimbre direction of the keyboard tab in Kyma Control.
: Voice morphing to violin and back again using Morph2dKeymappedPsi performed on keyboard tab of Kyma Control.
: Schmalzy Morph2dKeymappedPsi violin performed on Continuum Fingerboard.
: Organ spectrum controlling a FormantBank with slowly sweeping !ScaleFormant control. The 'scream' is a flute FormantBank resynthesis performed on standard MIDI keyboard and using Mod wheel to shift the formant. The voice is a Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum resynthesized with the OscillatorBank.
: Noodling around on the Continuum Fingerboard with Morph2dKeymappedPsi violin pizz, violin arco, flute, trombone, using KeyVelocity and KeyTimbre to morph between timbres with AnalogSequencer controlled flute/sax psi morph in the background.
: Splicing a harp attack onto flute sustain using a fast morph and Morph2dKeymappedPsi performed on standard MIDI keyboard.
vinyl clicks thru piano filter
: This is the piano spectrum FilterBank with vinyl clicks input by itself.
: Piano and guitar spectra in Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum controlled by AnalogSequencer and saxophone trombone spectrum morph played on the keyboard tab of Kyma Control.
: Organ spectrum controlling a FormantBank with slowly sweeping !ScaleFormant control, this time with bowed glass spectra performed on the keyboard tab of Kyma Control on the iPad.
: Random triggering of struck glass Psi resynthesis.
: A Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum of piano re-synthesized by a CloudBank and performed on a standard MIDI keyboard (variation on the cloud cadence example above).
: Piano spectra in Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum controlling FilterBank with noise input.
: Same piano-spectra-controlled FilterBank plus Morph2dKeyMapped2dPsi of plucked Bass, both controlled by AnalogSequencer.
: Another variation on piano spectra in Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum controlling FormantBank played on standard keyboard with ModWheel controlling !ScaleFormant.
Courage fanfare (video)
: Trombone to organ morph using Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum and the Tonnetz tab of Kyma Control. The morph control is a horizontal fader across the top of the iPad.
: A spectrum-freeze of an additive re-synthesis of piano using Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum gives a bagpipe-like timbre when the key is held down, but piano-like when playing staccato.
: Slow morph from organ to harpsichord and back using Morph2dKeymappedPsi and CrossFiltered with a balloon burst in a parking garage.
: Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum guitar and Morph2dKeymappedGA piano controlled by AnalogSequencer & Morph2dKeymappedSpectrum of sax and trombone controlled by Kyma Control on an iPad.
Vimeo Channel & Soundcloud Group
: Videos created by Kyma users
: Sounds created by Kyma users
: Brief tutorials on various aspects of sound editing and creation in Kyma
Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS) Videos
KISS Videos & Photos
: Presentations, master classes, and concerts
Cristian Vogel playing the Tonnetz
D J Kero
using Kyma Control in his studio
: Hooking up an 18-processor
(3 Pacas + 3 Pacaranas), synthesized sound track (no samples were used), filtered noise, oscillators, cross filter, binaural panning
: Audio from an espresso machine, analyzed using TAU editor, resynthesis combinations from TAU Gallery
: Sound track by Tobias Enhus, using Kyma modal filters, Harm Visser's physical modelling toolkit for Kyma, CrossFilters and his own vocal synthesis algorithm implemented in Kyma and performed live with Max Mathew's Radio Baton
: Edmund Eagan performing the Pacarana from a Continuum Fingerboard
SlipStick Synthesis in Kyma
: Sound synthesized using a physical model of friction (Continuum fingerboard controlling Kyma slipstick synthesis on Pacarana hardware)
: Edmund Eagan performing slipstick synthesis as input to modal filters tuned to vocal formants on the Continuum fingerboard
USO Project slipstick study
: USO Project exploring the slipstick timbre space!
: sample clouds, aggregate synthesis, choppers, additive synthesis, morphing, GA resynthesis, sample mangling, resonator-excitor synthesis, featuring the voice of
: grain clouds, GA resynthesis, chopping, FilterBank, and CloudBank resynthesis
: all sounds came from two short samples of
(chopped & spectrally transmogrified)
: Remix of a children's song by
, includes morphing, vocoding, chopping, and resynthesis
The Planet of Intelligent Dogs
: Formant-shifted beats, synthesized Harley RPMs, alien ambiences, analog synths, filtered noise-drums create the pack-mind of intelligent dogs. All the sounds in this example were generated using
Morphing in MiddleEarth
: Examples of Tau morphing. Listen for time/frequency warped flutes, granulated trombone-dogs, morphing wizards, random trombone sweeps, a trombone morphing to male vocal "ah", Federico morphing to Valeria, a chorus of Jeffs, drops of water morphing into a spoken "oh", flute morphing to an angry cat, a bongo roll slowing down, and a monotonized Valeria morphing to Federico.
: woman to cat, baby to dog, dog to Harley, woman to little boy all over a drum loop
: a harp sound morphs into a guitar sound morphs into a dog bark
Down for the Count
: A multi-way sonic morph back and forth among three different people saying "1, 2, 3" with some Tau transmogrifications and synthesis in the background.
: a scratch drum loop is crossed with a voice
: A montage of strange Tau morphs.
to hear morphing in radio advertisements created by Pete Johnston when he was at The Tape Gallery.
Open Sound Control software and hardware
Bar | None's videos demonstrating use of OSC to control Kyma with:
Controllers: Continuum, Wacom tablet, Wii, and others
Video experiments with a Wii remote (Wiimote),
, and Kyma:
: A key-mapped morphing Tau trombone played by
. He started with 5 individual trombone tones each played at a different frequency, analyzed them in the Tau editor, and pressed the Gallery button to get a key-mapped morph. All expression, frequency changes, and timbre changes are being performed live on the Continuum.
Video of Edmund Eagan using a
Lemur and a Continuum to control Kyma
: Another live performance by
, this time crossing a temple bell with the sound of a breathy vocal.
: An inexpensive violin and a rusty player supplied the four original tones. After Tau analysis, they were played realistically out of tune on the Continuum.
: In this example,
started with just two Kalimba notes, both the same pitch, one soft and one loud. He used the Tau formant-shifting to make that one frequency playable over a wide pitch range on his Continuum fingerboard. Here is another example, again played by Edmund Eagan:
Wacom demo video
Video of John Paul Jones using Kyma for
Triple Neck Song
: granular synthesis
: granulating a harp loop and a vocal sample
: a mix of processed voice, chopped granular synthesis, and an electronic drum loop
: a bass guitar loop is chopped up and rearranged by Kyma's SampleBits module (here's the
: this module randomly changes the start and end loop points (the original was a bass drum hit
: vocal, drum, & saz
samples chopped to bits and rearranged in real time by the Kyma Deranger module
Velocity-sensitive multicycle oscillators
designed and performed by Edmund Eagan on Continuum and Lemur
Tau synthesis of trombone with mute
analyzed and recorded by Edmund Eagan on Continuum
Wind Powered Bicycle
: A calliope-like emulation using the Kyma modal filter, designed and performed by Edmund Eagan on Continuum.
: Modeled flute and bell textures using the Kyma modal filter. The other instruments are traditional samples. Designed and performed by Edmund Eagan on Continuum.
: Struck bar sound using the Kyma modal filter, designed and performed by Edmund Eagan on Continuum.
: oscillator whose waveform and filter cutoff are being changed in real time
: a MIDI keyboard-controlled additive resynthesis of a harp morphs into a voice singing 'ah'
: a drum loop
filtered by a harmonic resonator that tracks the amplitude envelope of the drum
: a drum loop filtered by an amplitude-tracking all-pass filter plus chopped rap sample
: live vocoder with changing noise content, input frequency, formant, and bandwidth
: various frequency ranges of a harp sample are spectrally inverted (original harp is at the end)
: different amplitude ranges of a drum loop
are clipped in the spectral domain (here's the
, complex timbres are constructed using banks of simpler elements. Most people are already familiar with one form of Aggregate Synthesis: the classic "additive synthesis" in which hundreds of sine wave oscillators are combined to create complex, evolving timbres. Symbolic Sound has extended that technique to include banks of
sound generating elements such as filters, grain clouds, and synthesized impulse responses. Aggregate Synthesis algorithms can be used to resynthesize a live or recorded spectrum or to generate purely synthetic spectra.
: A bank of grain clouds, each cloud assigned its own amplitude and frequency envelope in addition to the usual granular synthesis controls like density, grain duration, frequency jitter, etc. (here's the
original drum loop
: A bank of bandpass filters, each controlled by a center frequency and amplitude envelope with the additional parameter of bandwidth. (In this example, you hear a spectral analysis of a voice resynthesized through the FilterBank with extreme time-stretching. The bandwidth is controlled by the VoicedUnvoiced module).
: A bank of synthesized impulse responses, each with its own amplitude and frequency envelope plus an additional control on the frequency of the formants, independent of the fundamental frequency control. (In this example, you hear a spectral analysis of a singing voice, resynthesized through the FormantBank. The Formant control is being varied to create the sound of a smaller head first and then a larger head.)
Want to hear more?
Click here to request a
audio demo CD
for two albums created entirely in Kyma:
Discography of commercially available recordings where you can hear Kyma
Excerpt of a Demo
: Brief excerpt of a longer demo at
studios in Manhattan (video shot and edited by Joseph Provede)
s p e c t r a l n o i s e
for some of the original samples on which these examples are based.
Thanks to John Paul Jones for giving us permission to use samples from
to make the ReZooma example.