BEACON TRANSCRIPT – An original duet featuring a quantum computer and a mezzo-soprano was put together in a castle in Southwest England. The unlikely duo has given a musical performance using the first ever computer algorithm on a quantum computer. This led to the premiere live experience of quantum processes in an artistic representation.
The novel concept included giving a very powerful quantum computer the chance to make music together with a classical singer. The representation lasted for a quarter of an hour, and it had three different moments.
The voice of mezzo-soprano Juliette Pochin was scanned and sent via the internet to the quantum machine called D-Wave, at the University of South California. Then, the machine processed her voice using algorithms to produce new sounds. These sounds were sent back to the UK and mixed into the artistic performance.
Alexis Kirke, the organizer of the event, said that the team of experts used three subsystems to create the art happening. A laptop with a sound generator and communications server incorporated, which was placed in the room with Juliette. The quantum computer made contact every three seconds and it calculated harmonies, and it generated new sounds using quantum annealing.
The system received notes from the composer which were then harmonized and combined into “superposition” chords.
This may all sound a little bit confusing, but the main idea is that it is an intriguing example of how abstract processes like quantum computing can create surprising pieces of art. Kirke went on to say he was impressed with how well the performance went.
Quantum computers work by using quantum physics. In quantum physics, atoms and other raw materials which helped create the universe are in states of flux, called “superpositions.” This means that electrons and other parts which make up an atom can spin in two different directions at the same time.
The superposition is what differentiates a quantum computer from a regular one. Instead of using zeros and ones, quantum computers use qubits in superpositions. This means that they go on and off at the same time. This makes a qubit able to solve to operations at the same time.
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