Experiments in Sound and Music Quantum Computing

  • Alexis Kirke
  • Eduardo R. Miranda


This chapter is an introduction to quantum computing in sound and music. This is done through a series of examples of research applying quantum computing and principles to musical systems. By this process, the key elements that differentiate quantum physical systems from classical physical systems will be introduced and what this implies for computation, sound, and music. This will also allow an explanation of the two main types of quantum computers being utilized inside and outside of academia.


Virtual Machine Quantum Computing Beam Splitter Quantum Computer CNOT Gate 
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Parts of this chapter were published previously in the International Journal of Unconventional Computation (Kirke and Miranda 2014). Peter Shadbolt of the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group at Imperial College London provided much help with insight into Bell’s Theorem and CHSH, as well as Fig. 5.11. Figures 5.15.10 were provided by both Peter Shadbolt and Alex Neville of the Bristol Centre for Quantum Photonics. Daniel Lidar and his group provided much insight and support into using the D-Wave during the first author’s residency at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)Plymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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