Lecture-Concert: Reflections of the Quantum Realm - Spencer Topel & Florian Carle

Event time: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 9:45am to 10:45am
General Public
The Institute of Photonic Sciences - Spain See map
Event description: 

[Event in Spain - Local time 15:45 pm] 

Lecture-Concert “Reflections of the Quantum Realm: Superconducting Qubits and Variable Quantum Oscillator Design for Music Synthesis”

Spencer Topel - Florian Carle

In recent years, the idea of quantum music and sonification has gained momentum, with researchers exploring the potential of using properties of quantum mechanics to create new sound and music information combinations. In this talk, we will delve into this emerging field, discussing the various techniques and tools used to create quantum music and sonification as it relates to our recent experimentation, art projects, and music albums produced at the Yale Quantum Institute through its Artist in Residence Program.

We will then discuss an extension of this work in a recent residency at Virginia Tech where we designed a variable quantum oscillator based on a gate implementation of the quantum fourier transform.  This system generates a wide range of outputs based on a relatively small number of inputs, which are represented by discrete outputs on The Cube, a 124.4 multichannel speaker array at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center.

Overall, this talk will provide a comprehensive overview of our collaborative work in quantum music and sonification, highlighting the potential of both physical hardware experimentation and quantum algorithm simulation.