Quantum Music, part of Creative Europe, an EU framework programme, brings together partners from several European countries: project coordinator is the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and other partners include New Art Center and the Center for the Promotion of Science from Belgrade, the Danish National School of Performing Arts from Copenhagen, TodaysArt Festival from the Hague and Kino Šiška from Ljubljana.
An important role in this project, supported by the University of Oxford and its Dr Vlatko Vedral, the most renowned quantum physicist today and our consultant, belongs to LP Duo, a Belgrade-based piano duo. Together with a team of engineers led by Prof. Dragan Novković they are developing a new hybrid piano. This instrument is a mix of acoustic piano and a combination of analogue and digital synthesizers. The instrument will enable first quantum musical experiments, and the sound produced by the instrument is based on algorithms, equations, formulas and rules of quantum physics.
In subsequent experiments, the hybrid piano will function by tracking the vibration of each string on the piano individually in real time and impressing this captured information into the laser which ‘stirs’ the Bose–Einstein condensate, the state in which atoms function as an exceptional phenomenon.
Using this instrument, LP Duo – Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović – who are also the founders of the Keyboard Days festival, will play the pieces composed under this project by Kim Helweg, a Danish composer and professor at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, and music composed by other artists as well as their own works.
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