Historically, oscillators in computer music have been based on simple waveforms. For example, a sinewave oscillator can be thought of a circular oscillation projected onto one axis. However, many other oscillators are possible. This work explores some possibilities in having much more complex oscillator maps than circles.

We have found a new sound synthesis technique to make these chaotic maps even more powerful. The idea is to connect the chaotic map to a digital waveguide as shown below. This enables the exploration of chaotic timbres while at the same time enabling the possibility of playing harmonic tones.

For musical examples, see the posts A Sound Walk Through Chaos Forest and Romp in Chaos.