Lineage & freedom : a quantum computational framework for improvisation

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Musical improvisation is the spontaneous act of musically communicating and composing with one or more musicians in the moment. However, in the current field of music information retrieval (MIR) there has not been a focus on developing algorithms to better understand the inner workings of improvisation, especially between musicians of different cultures and backgrounds. It is in part, due to the vast and complex space in which improvisation operates. A space with infinite outcomes that could possibly unfold. Because of this, classical computers are not efficient at modeling these types of interactions. Musical improvisation is more aligned with quantum computers, their properties allow us to simultaneously consider and handle this large number of musical possibilities. This dissertation proposes and outlines a new framework for developing music improvisation applications on quantum computers.


Alternative title Lineage and freedom
Type of resource text
Form electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
Extent 1 online resource.
Place California
Place [Stanford, California]
Publisher [Stanford University]
Copyright date 2023; ©2023
Publication date 2023; 2023
Issuance monographic
Language English


Author Oshiro, Scott Yeiichi
Degree supervisor Chafe, Chris
Thesis advisor Chafe, Chris
Thesis advisor Alessandrini, Patricia
Thesis advisor Bosi, Marina
Thesis advisor Smith, Julius
Degree committee member Alessandrini, Patricia
Degree committee member Bosi, Marina
Degree committee member Smith, Julius
Associated with Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Music


Genre Theses
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Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility Scott Oshiro.
Note Submitted to the Department of Music.
Thesis Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2023.

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© 2023 by Scott Yeiichi Oshiro
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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