Welcome to the Quantum Technology Soundwalk

16th February 2018

Are you sick of getting stuck in traffic jams? Do you know how important time is for national and local security? Are you an avid user of your mobile phone? Do you want to see an advance in the early detection of illnesses, such as dementia?

Behind the services and devices we use, and the activities that fill our daily lives, is the use of Quantum Technology. Quantum theory is the science of the very small, but, in spite of its importance for everyday existence, it can be very counterintuitive to our experience of everyday life.

As part of the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival, the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology have organised an audio tour around the campus on 12 March, from 12:30-14:00.

The walk will be led by Dr Annie Mahtani, a sound artist, musician and composer from the Department of Music. She will guide participants through the campus, and will explain, with the help of her composed sounds, the often unnoticed quantum science behind the Clock tower, the bank, the train station, and finally, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr Mahtani has created a bespoke app for smartphones, which participants can download to guide them through the designated route, generating sounds along the way. The sounds, composed by Dr Mahtani for each of the sights, have been inspired and based on Quantum technology and data.

If you would like to sign-up for the walk, please visit: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/news/events/2018/quantum-technology-soundwalk.aspx

Dr Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.

Read more at https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/music/mahtani-annie.aspx