NESS: Next Generation Sound Synthesis

Ness was an exploratory project, concerned entirely with synthetic sound, in particular, numerical simulation techniques for physical modelling sound synthesis.

The project explored numerical techniques, especially finite difference time domain methods, for a variety of instrument families. As such methods are numerically intensive, part of the project was devoted to looking at implementations on parallel architectures (multicore processors and general purpose graphics processing units). The project invited various technically-minded composers to Edinburgh to create original, entirely synthetic, compositions.

NESS began on January 1, 2012 and ran for 5 years, funded through the European Research Council.

For further information, visit the NESS project website