1st International Symposium on Quantum Computing and Musical Creativity

1st International Symposium on Quantum Computing and Musical Creativity


Fri 19 and Sat 20 November, 2021

Online Event


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 programme comprises talks about the resources being developed by the QuTune team, invited presenters and presentations submitted by the research community. It offers a hands-on introduction to programming quantum computers for musicians and enthusiasts, 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. Registration information will be posted here in due time. Please watch this space.

Organising Team

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 has expired). The organizing team will contact you after the application deadline with 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.

NOTE: The deadline to submit papers for presentation expired on 03 September 2021. If you just want to watch the presentations and tutorial, don’t panic! Instructions for registering to watch the presentations and tutorial will be posted on this webpage soon.

In the meantime, for more information: contact.isqcmc@gmail.com


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

Tutorial I (10:00 - 12:00)

10:00 - 12:00: Introduction to Quantum Computing for Musicians – Part 1

Research Papers Session I (13:00 – 15:00)

13:00 – 13:30: Conceptualizing Quantum Music

13:30 – 14:00: Composing with Quantum Walks and the Basak-Miranda Algorithm

14:00 – 14:30: Quantum of Sound, the Sound of Quanta

14:30 – 15:00: Quantum Machine Learning of Music with Meaning

Research Papers Session II (15:30 – 18:00)

15:30 – 16:00: Quantum Cellular Automata Music

16:00 – 16:30: Playing Superconductive Qubits as Musical Synthesizers for Live Performance

16:30 – 17:00: Exploring the Application of Gate-type Quantum Computational Algorithm for Music Creation and Performance

17:00 – 17:30: Making Music Using Two Quantum Algorithms

17:30 – 18:00: QuiKo: Quantum Beat Generation

Musical Demonstrations (18:30 - 19:30)

18:30 – 19:30: t.b.a.

DAY 2: 20 Nov 2021

Tutorial II (09:00 - 10:30)

09:00 - 10:30: Introduction to Quantum Computing for Musicians – Part 2

Research Papers Session III (11:00 – 12:00)

11:00 – 11:30: Quantum Audio Representations

11:30 – 12:00: Quantum Frequency Detector for Audio Files

Research Papers Session IV (13:00 - 14:30)

13:00 – 13:30: Photonic Sound Synthesis

13:30 – 14:00: Applications of Quantum Annealing to Music Theory

14:00 – 14:30: Quantum Adiabatic Computing and Applications to Music

QuTune Brainstorming Session (15:00 - 18:00)

Working groups by invitation only

15:00 – 18:00: t.b.c.

Demonstration (18:30 – 19:30)

18:15 – 19:15: Software - Quantum Music Playground

Announcements and Goodbye (19:30 - 19:45)

19:15 - 19:45: t.b.c.