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RE: AW: the music of the Otto Cycle Re: Who out there has the knowledge to design/build this looper?
Cool story. Good engine/exhaust sounds can make even an otherwise boring
car exciting (no disrespect meant towards the New Beetle)!
> [Original Message]
> From: Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill <email@example.com>
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Date: 2/27/2005 6:32:46 AM
> Subject: AW: the music of the Otto Cycle Re: Who out there has the
knowledge to design/build this looper?
> I remember this project done by Volkswagen during the development of the
> New Beetle. They would invite people (VW customers without any
> professional automotive background). They had two cars: one normal car,
> one where the audio system would generate cool engine/exhaust sounds
> based on engine variables - which they didn't tell their guests. Then
> they asked the guys to compare both cars with regards to performance and
> You all can guess the result: most people judged that the car with the
> audio system had better performance and handling ;)
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Timothy Mungenast [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Gesendet: Sonntag, 27. Februar 2005 02:57
> An: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Betreff: the music of the Otto Cycle Re: Who out there has the knowledge
> to design/build this looper?
> As a car freak *and* a musician, I feel that car exhaust can be just as
> harmonically complex as a more traditional instrument. When Mazda was
> developing the first-gen Miata, they had a guy listening day-in/day-out
> to tapes of classic sports cars, trying to understand the desired
> overtones so that his cowokers could then approximate them. They had
> that much respect for the sound.
> I, for one, am impressed.
> In fact, a few years ago I saw one of the classic cars they had been
> studying so feverishly, an Austin Healey, blasting down Rte 128, and I
> rolled down my window to hear the music. It sounded like the wonderful
> 15th-fret harmonic chord that Robbie Krieger used to start the Doors'
> "L.A. Woman." Unbelievable.
> Yours in Sound,
> Tim Mungenast
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Richard Zvonar <email@example.com>
> > To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> > Date: 2/26/2005 2:05:52 PM
> > Subject: Re: Who out there has the knowledge to design/build this
> > looper?
> > At 10:03 AM +0100 2/26/05, Chuck Scholtz wrote:
> > >Two things we want everyone to know.
> > >
> > >First, we researched the existing availability of products as well
> > >as doing a patent search, but we couldn't locate an existing patent
> > >for the project that we have envisioned.
> > >Second, the "music" in an exhaust system is much less complex than
> > >in actual musical instruments, accordingly our quality expectations
> > >and specifications are minimal for our product application. Due to
> > >the higher costs and skills required in using a Physical Modeling
> > >(PM) approach, we are looking to handle this project with a less
> > >expensive FM Wavetable synthesis strategy.
> > It may well be that products based on the technology I mentioned have
> > not yet hit market, but as of 2000 the physical modeling techniques
> > for car engine simulation were functional and ready for licensing.
> > The company has since been acquired by a major chip manufacturer, and
> > I expect that car engines are low on their priority list.
> > --
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