Music and Unconventional Computing
Research into unconventional, or nature-inspired, computing aims to uncover novel principles of efficient information processing and computation in physical, chemical and biological systems, to develop novel non-standard algorithms and computing architectures, and also to implement conventional algorithms in non-silicon, or wet, substrates.
This special issue introduces groundbreaking research into harnessing the potential of unconventional modes of computation for musical applications. The papers published here were firstly presented at the 1st AISB Symposium on Unconventional Computing and Music, held in Exeter in April 2013.
Computers have been programmed to produce music as early as the beginning of the 1950’s. Nowadays, the computer is ubiquitous in many aspects of music, ranging from software for musical composition and production, to systems for distribution of music on the Internet. Therefore, it is likely that future developments in Computer Science will have an impact in Music Technology. Unconventional Computing is no exception. On the contrary, as this issue clearly demonstrates, Computer Music has already jumped on the bandwagon of this exciting research journey.