A pioneering new book, edited by Prof Eduardo Miranda, has just been published by Springer, on musical applications of unconventional computing.
Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music (2017) 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. It 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; and includes review questions at the end of each chapter.
Prof. Eduardo Reck Miranda is a composer and Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth, where he is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). His previous publications include the Springer titles Guide to Brain-Computer Music Interfacing and Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance.