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Programming Sound with Pure Data by Tony Hillerson

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Waves

The sound of waves at a beach is a nice, calming sound, and is a great one for our first shot at designing environmental ambience. If you’ve ever been to the beach, you can probably recall the waves as an undulating, mellow, hissing sound that repeats over and over. It depends a bit on the makeup of the beach, but the common element is the water.

I remember visiting a beach, French Beach, in British Columbia. The beach there isn’t sand; it’s made up of fist-sized rocks, and as the waves rolled in and out they made this wonderful tocking sound multiplied countless times by the sheer number of the rocks that added an uncommon and interesting element to the waves. I’d love to be able to capture and analyze that sound. For our purposes, though, ...

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