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Modular Understanding: A Taxonomy and Toolkit for Designing Modularity in Audio Software and Hardware
by Hetrick, Michael Lynn Saverio, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017, 365; 10253730
Abstract (Summary)

Modular synthesis is a continually evolving practice. Currently, an effective taxonomy for analyzing modular synthesizer design does not exist, which is a significant barrier for pedagogy and documentation. In this dissertation, I will define new taxonomies for modular control, patching strategies, and panel design. I will also analyze how these taxonomies can be used to influence the design of musical applications outside of hardware, such as my company Unfiltered Audio's software products. Finally, I will present Euro Reakt, my collection of over 140 module designs for the Reaktor Blocks format and walk through the design process of each.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roads, Curtis
Commitee: Barlow, Clarence, Cabrera, Andres, Wright, Matthew J.
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Media Arts and Technology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Music, Computer Engineering
Keywords: Euro reakt, Eurorack, Modular synthesis, Reaktor
Publication Number: 10253730
ISBN: 978-1-369-71401-2
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