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Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music

  • The first book on musical applications of unconventional computing and, as such, an important reference in the field

  • Presents a focus on an emerging and promising application of computer science

  • Includes revision questions at the end of each chapter highlighting important points to be learned, and introductory tutorials for novices, as well as more advanced research-informed descriptions

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction to Unconventional Computing

    • Susan Stepney
    Pages 1-21
  3. On Unconventional Computing for Sound and Music

    • Eduardo R. Miranda, Alexis Kirke, Edward Braund, AurĂ©lien Antoine
    Pages 23-61
  4. On Biophysical Music

    • Marco Donnarumma
    Pages 63-83
  5. Experiments in Sound and Music Quantum Computing

    • Alexis Kirke, Eduardo R. Miranda
    Pages 121-157
  6. Memristor in a Nutshell

    • Martin A. Trefzer
    Pages 159-180
  7. Physarum Inspired Audio: From Oscillatory Sonification to Memristor Music

    • Ella Gale, Oliver Matthews, Jeff Jones, Richard Mayne, Georgios Sirakoulis, Andrew Adamatzky
    Pages 181-218
  8. Toward a Musical Programming Language

    • Alexis Kirke
    Pages 245-278
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 279-284

About this book

This pioneering text/reference explores how innovative new modes of computation may provide exciting new directions for future developments in the music industry, guiding the reader through the latest research in this emerging, interdisciplinary field. This work includes coverage of electronic music compositions and performances that incorporate unconventional interfacing, hacking and circuit bending. Features: presents an introduction to unconventional computing in music; discusses initiatives involving biophysical electronic music, the work of self-styled silicon luthiers, and the intersection of music and quantum computing; introduces the memristor, a new electronic component with the potential to revolutionize how computers are built; reviews experiments and practical applications of biological memristors in music; describes IMUSIC, an unconventional tone-based programming language, which enables the programming of computers using musical phrases; includes review questions at the end of each chapter.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

    Eduardo Reck Miranda

About the editor

Prof. Eduardo Reck Miranda is a composer and Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University, UK, where he is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). His previous publications include the Springer titles Guide to Brain-Computer Music Interfacing and Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music

  • Editors: Eduardo Reck Miranda

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49881-2

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-49880-5Published: 01 March 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-84264-6Published: 13 July 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-49881-2Published: 20 February 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 284

  • Number of Illustrations: 78 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities, Music, Computer System Implementation

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Softcover Book USD 79.99
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