I've been an audio engineer/producer for 10 years so I'm interested in taking my own creative FX chains and putting them into one solid plugin with easy controls. Mostly processing audio rather than generating sound (although that is certainly an interest down the road).
I produce a lot of noisy/distorted electronic/hybrid type stuff and to get those elements to mix professionally there are a lot of creative solutions you have to come up with for each and every track on its own. A lot of solutions may not require advanced algorithms-- rather the order and routing of the signal through basic processors is what is important. However my interests do lie in producing more and unique sounds and I see a lot of creative potential within DSP waiting to be unlocked as audio engineers learn to code and translate their experiences into more useful algorithms.
I learned to code way before I learned to produce music,
so this subject always has had my interest. I also do graphic/web design and have interest in marketing. I think it would be neat to create a DSP company with a cyberpunk image/GUI and purpose. (future distortion techniques/glitch plugins/weird fx)
I've made a concept of my first FX chain I call "wither". To get it running on a track I have to set up a lot of different basic plugins, automation, and just a lot of busy routing work. I know if I could translate that into one plugin it would not only save me time but also provide that technique to a broader audience in a much simpler way. It basically creates a tail like a reverb but instead a series of bands of distortion that hit multiple thresholds of gates and the sound seems to "wither" out. It's very organic yet cyber sounding. Nothing --cutting edge but something I'd like to share and its a nice place to start because I think applying the code wouldn't be too challenging.
I've read a bit about being able to do that with Puredata and definitely have book marked a few sites with information on that -- seems like a decent solution!
--Aside from audio applications of DSP the field in general is immensely interesting especially with the solutions its creating to emerging technology. For example I just read about scientists that are using DNA to store data (such as minesweeper) and able to read it. Because of the way DNA is encoded it doesn't function like binary. Their solution to put back together the data from the way its stored used DSP techniques similar to dealing with satellite/radio signals to get a "clear" and complete image of the data.