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Abstract: Quantum computing is emerging as a promising technology, which is built onthe principles of subatomic physics. By the time of writing, fully fledgedpractical quantum computers are not widely available. But research anddevelopment are advancing rapidly. Various software simulators are alreadyavailable. And a few companies have already started to provide access toquantum hardware via the cloud. These initiatives have enabled experiments withquantum computing to tackle some realistic problems in science; e.g., inchemistry and cryptography. In spite of continuing progress in developingincreasingly more sophisticated hardware and software, research in quantumcomputing has been focusing primarily on developing scientific applications. Uptill now there has been virtually no research activity aimed at widening therange of applications of this technology beyond science and engineering. Inparticular applications for the entertainment industry and creative economies.This article introduces a new field of research, which is referred to asQuantum Computer Music. This research is aimed at the development of quantumcomputing tools and approaches to creating, performing, listening to anddistributing music. The article begins with a brief historical background.Then, it introduces the notion of algorithmic music and presents two quantumcomputer music systems: a singing voice synthesiser and a musical sequencerbased on quantum walk. A primer on quantum computing is also given. The chapterends with a concluding discussion and advice for further work to develop thisnew exciting area of research.

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