AI music festival and Quside: Hear how the QRNG photons sound!

Today and tomorrow, 27. & 28. October 2021, the innovative AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival is taking place for the first time, and a quantum random number generator by Quside will be an integral part of one live music performance.

Barcelona – World-famous Sónar, together with the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), initiated this music festival to start the public discussion on both the potential and the challenges of AI when creating music.

Artificial intelligence is fast becoming a digital necessity in our lives, impacting all facets of entertainment, culture, and communication. Therefore, AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival aims to bring together a group of creatives, engineers, and scientists to explore and demonstrate the creative potential of these new technologies in the field of music. The Festival offers a varied program of live shows, remote performances, and a program of talks, debates, and hackathons to allow a broad discussion on this topic.

The sound of a Quside QRNG

As one of the performing artists, Angel Faraldo will give his musical view on algorithms and how randomness affects music composition. A Quside QRNG will support him in this effort, not only allowing the demonstration of randomness on melodies and rhymes but also "bringing photons to rhythmic live". His artistic idea is to make the audience listen to how the phase of photons sounds like – a natural phenomenon usually hidden to everyone.

Collaboration music & quantum

The collaboration between the artist Angel Faraldo and Quside leads back to Prof. Maciej Lewenstein from ICFO. By being fascinated by the beauty of music and science, and the curiosity of bringing them together, Prof. Lewenstein initiated this effort. Together with Reiko Yamada, a Japanese sound artist and composer, they seek to extract unique sounds from physical systems' true and genuine quantum randomness.

"Through this method, we aim at achieving a new sense of aesthetic effect in music which derives from the true randomness that prevails in the natural quantum world."

Reiko Yamada, Sound artist & Composer

The aim is to allow society to familiarize themselves with quantum, usually a very scientific and academic topic, and at the same time to overcome one's inhibitions. Arts are the perfect means to reduce the cognitive barriers we might have unwittingly built up and access topics out of our daily knowledge and comfort zone.

Hear for yourself the randomness of Quside QRNG

On the official AI and music S+T+ARTS website, you can find background information, the entire program, and access to the streaming connection, with playing artists such as Holly Herndon, Mouse on Mars, and Nabihah Iqbal.

To hear the effect of quantum randomness by the Quside QRNG on composition, join the Interpreting Quantum Randomness event on Thursday at 15:35-16:15 live.