Klangpilot – A new Interface for “Writing” synthetic Sounds

The original version of the KLANGPILOT environment for control of sound synthesis was developed in LISP in 1992, with the purpose of generating Csound scores while allowing more sophisticated control of sound synthesis. It was a text based, human-readable score language that described musical ideas in a way better suited to the creative process of composition. This language was then translated by the computer into detailed parameters for various sound synthesis methods. As faster computers became available, a new real-time version of KLANGPILOT was developed that aimed to provide a highly intuitive and interactive user interface for entering, editing and displaying sound including timbral parameters. This article focuses on the new KLANGPILOT and its graphical paradigm of music representation within the Max/MSP environment – being placed somewhere in the middle between the traditional music notation and a spectral representation of sound.


Johannes Kretz, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien