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Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music
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  • 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

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.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to Unconventional Computing

    Stepney, Susan

    Pages 1-21

  • On Unconventional Computing for Sound and Music

    Miranda, Eduardo R. (et al.)

    Pages 23-61

  • On Biophysical Music

    Donnarumma, Marco

    Pages 63-83

  • The Transgressive Practices of Silicon Luthiers

    Teboul, Ezra

    Pages 85-120

  • Experiments in Sound and Music Quantum Computing

    Kirke, Alexis (et al.)

    Pages 121-157

  • Memristor in a Nutshell

    Trefzer, Martin A.

    Pages 159-180

  • Physarum Inspired Audio: From Oscillatory Sonification to Memristor Music

    Gale, Ella (et al.)

    Pages 181-218

  • An Approach to Building Musical Bioprocessors with Physarum polycephalum Memristors

    Braund, Edward (et al.)

    Pages 219-244

  • Toward a Musical Programming Language

    Kirke, Alexis

    Pages 245-278

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