Fri 19 and Sat 20 November, 2021
1st International Symposium on Quantum Computing and Musical Creativity
Quantum computing is a nascent technology, which is advancing rapidly.
There is a long history of research into using computers for music since the 1950s. Nowadays computers are essential for the music economy. Therefore, it is very likely that quantum computers will impact the music industry in the time to come. A new area of research and development is emerging: Quantum Computer Music.
This first-ever quantum computer music symposium focuses on quantum computing for musical creativity. It takes place in the context of the QuTune Project, and is organised by University of Plymouth’s ICCMR in collaboration with Cambridge Quantum Computing and IBM Quantum. In addition to creating resources for quantum computer music, QuTune is aimed at fostering a quantum-ready music tech community of early adopters.
The envisaged programme comprises talks about the resources being developed by the QuTune team and works by invited presenters. It offers a hands-on introduction to programming quantum computers for musicians and practical demonstrations. We welcome proposals for presentations (see How to participate below).
The symposium will take place online and attendance is free of charge. Places are limited, registration is required.
- Eduardo R. Miranda (ICCMR, University of Plymouth, UK)
- Bob Coecke (Cambridge Quantum Computing, UK)
- Ilyas Khan (Cambridge Quantum Computing, UK)
- Sieglinde Pfaendler (IBM Quantum, Europe)
- Fabio Scafirimuto (IBM Quantum, Switzerland)
- Omar Costa Hamido (ICCMR, University of Plymouth, UK)
- Paulo Itaborai (ICCMR, University of Plymouth, UK)
- Suchitra Basak (ICCMR, University of Plymouth, UK)
- Scott Oshiro (CCRMA, Stanford University, USA)
- Enrique Solano (Kipu Quantum, Germany)
How to participate
The target audience for this symposium is musicians interested in reflecting on and experimenting with quantum computers for musical composition and/or performance. Quantum computing developers and researchers interested in music are welcome.
A background in computer music and/or music technology is recommended in order to follow the presentations. Previous experience with computer programming, in particular Python, is also recommended to benefit from the tutorial. Familiarity with quantum computing is not mandatory, but would be advantageous. (Here is a good place to start. A good popular science explanation with a short video is here).
To express your interest in participating, please fill in the form (link to access the form is below). The organizing team will contact you after the application deadline. If you are selected, then you will be given further instructions to access the event.
We are very keen to welcome those who already have been working with quantum computer music to present their work. If you wish to present, then please let us know. There is space on the form to briefly describe the work that you would like to present. Should you qualify for a presentation, then we will send you instructions for writing a short paper. We are planning to publish a selection of papers as a special issue of Contemporary Music Journal.
Deadline for application: 22 October 2021, 22:00 GMT.
For more information: email@example.com
(To be confirmed)
Note: Times in GMT (London, UK time zone) (see in your own time zone)
DAY 1: 19 Nov 2021
09:00 - 9:50:
- Welcome and Introduction to QuTune Project
- Eduardo R Miranda and Bob Coecke
10:00 - 12:00:
- Introduction to Quantum Computing for Musicians – Part 1
- Omar Costa Hamido
Research Papers Session I
13:00 – 15:00
Research Papers Session II
15:30 - 18:00:
18:15 – 19:15:
- Examples of Compositions
- Convener: Eduardo R. Miranda
DAY 2: 20 Nov 2021
09:00 - 11:00:
- Introduction to Quantum Computing for Musicians – Part 2
- Omar Costa Hamido
Research Papers Session III
11:30 – 12:30:
Research Papers Session IV
13:00 - 14:30:
Focused Brainstorming Sessions (By invitation only)
15:00 – 18:00:
18:15 – 19:15:
- Quantum Music Playground
- James Weaver (IBM Quantum, USA)
Announcements and Goodbye
19:15 - 19:45: