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Experiments in Quantum Computer Music

Mercoledi 4/12, 11:30, Aula Sigma

Presenter: Prof. Eduardo Miranda, University of Plymouth

Title: Experiments in Quantum Computer Music

Persona di riferimento: Stavros Ntalampiras


The development of digital computing technology for musical creativity and distribution has been evolving in tandem with the evolution of computers since the early 1950s, when the SCIR Mk1 machine, Australia’s first digital computer, was programmed to play a tune. Today, computers are absolutely essential for the music industry. Despite the incredible power of existing computers, computing technology is progressing beyond today’s conventional models. Quantum computing is surfacing as a promising disruptive technology. Therefore, future developments in quantum computing are most likely to impact the way in which we will create, perform and distribute music in the future. In this talk, the speaker will introduce his work into exploring the potential of quantum computing for creating music. After a brief discussion on his approach to using quantum computing in music, he will introduce his composition, Zeno. Zeno is an interactive piece for bass clarinet and sounds produced by a quantum computer. The quantum computer listens to the clarinet and produces responses during the performance. The creative process will be discussed and a demonstration of the system will be shown.

Short Bio

Eduardo R.Miranda is a composer and Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientist working at the crossroads of biology and music. He studied computing and music in his native Brazil and music technology at the University of York in the UK. He subsequently received a PhD on the topic of musical composition with AI from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Currently, he is Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University, UK, where he leads the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), which is pioneering the field of Quantum Computer Music and the development of music neurotechnology and biocomputing technology for music and creativity.

28 novembre 2019
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