MareNostrum

Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Photo by Anna Xambó.

Description: A multichannel piece inspired by supercomputing centers and how a supercomputing center of quantum computers would sound like. The journey starts from the experience of visiting the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BCS) in Barcelona and evolves to an imaginary space of a massive number of quantum computers where density, velocity and probability are the core elements explored.

Authors: Anna Xambó

Role: Concept and implementation.

Technologies: SuperCollider, FreeSound.org (sound samples), AudioTexture (Audiogaming plugin).

Code: Coming soon.

Video: Coming soon.

MareNostrum at The Cube (August 9, 2018)

Anna Xambó performing at the Cube Fest, Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, VA, USA. Photo by Cube Fest.

Program notes

This soundscape piece is the result of participating in the 2018 Spatial Music Workshop at Virginia Tech. The piece is based on the musical spatialization of sounds from crowdsourced online databases such as Freesound.org, which connects to the AudioCommons project. The theme of the piece is supercomputing centers and the acoustic properties of large-scale computation systems in massive spaces. AudioCommons is funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program.

Acknowledgments

I am really thankful to the people and institutions who have helped me in this research: BCS Sebastià Xambó (UPC), Ulises Cortés (BCS/UPC), Sergi Jordà (UPF), Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (University of Huddersfield), Gerard Roma (University of Huddersfield), Giulio Moro (Queen Mary University of London), Eric Lyon (Virginia Tech), Tanner Upthegrove (Virginia Tech), Ivica Ico Bukvic (Virginia Tech), DJ Malinowski (Virginia Tech) and Monica Bolles.

This work relates to the AudioCommons project, which is funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, research and innovation grant 688382.