“So what is a Paca, anyway? And what’s Kyma?”

CarlaStCloud700Carla Scaletti addresses attendees at a Kyma conference in St. Cloud, MN

In addition to being a herbivorous South American rodent, like this one, a Paca is also a small, lightweight audio signal processing box that sits alongside your laptop, unobtrusively performing sound synthesis and processing without taxing the resources of your computer, like this one ...

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And the Pacarana is both a larger South American rodent and a larger signal processing box (it has the same footprint as your laptop) that provides twice as many processors and twice as much memory as a Paca.

How do you program a Paca(rana)? 

Graphically, using a deep and powerful modular signal flow language called Kyma that runs on your Mac or PC.  With Kyma and a Paca(rana), you can create lively interactive sound designs like this multi-way audio morph controlled from an Apple iPad ... 

Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt used a Wacom tablet and Kyma to create and perform the voices of Wall-E and Eve for Pixar's WALL-E.  And composer/producer/bass-player John Paul Jones performs live with Kyma when he's not writing operas or playing bluegrass. Kyma is the secret advantage held by thousands of sound designers and composers, some of whom you can read about here ...

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and the rest of whom prefer to keep their secret under wraps.

Curious?  In September, you can join Kyma practitioners in Lübeck, Germany, for 4 days and nights of sound design, technical and philosophical discussions, and live performances, all exploring the theme Organic Sound.

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