Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade

Project Coordinator

Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts was founded in 1948. As a scientific organization it conducts projects in the domains of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, avant-garde and experimental music. The Institute publishes monographs, edited books, CDs and DVDs, sheet music, catalogues and the journal Musicology. The Institute is also involved in organization of cultural events such as exhibitions, concerts, roundtables, promotions etc.

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The Institute was the coordinator for the pilot project Quantum Music completed in 2018, and it will perform the same role within the new consortium for the project Beyond Quantum Music. The Institute will coordinate and manage the entire project, distribute funds to the partners and make sure that all activities are done according to the Plan of Activities. It will also ensure the communication strategies and objectives of the project are successfully implemented. The associates of the Institute will give public lectures, prepare booklets and other printed material and coordinate promotional and marketing activities in all partner cities. It will also ensure the long-term sustainability and dissemination of the project results.

DUALITY, Belgrade

Since 2004, pianists, composers, and innovators, Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović, better known as LP Duo, have been experimenting with the endless possibilities of playing on two pianos and developing a new approach to contemporary piano music. Blurring the lines between a chamber ensemble and a rock band, they have become one of the most authentic musical ensembles, performing an almost complete repertoire for two pianos and their original music. They graduated, received their doctorates at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and completed their Konzertexamen studies at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock (Germany) with Professors Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl. They won over 30 awards at international music competitions as solo musicians and piano duo.

LP Duo performed at the biggest festivals and concert halls around the world, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Meguro Persimmon Hall Tokyo, Royal Theater and Opera Copenhagen, Music in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, as well as on tours throughout Europe, the USA, and Asia.

LP Duo began as a project of classically trained musicians, but their research and work within different artistic disciplines and avant-garde practices defined the originality of their own music, uniting the seemingly incompatible worlds of classical and popular culture, as documented by their numerous local and international releases, and especially the 2019 album Duality (Universal Music). Some of the recordings from this album were also selected by the prestigious publishing house Deutsche Grammophon. They compose music for theater, film, TV, dance choreography, and visual art projects. One of their many alter egos is the LP Elektro project, while Andrija Pavlović is also active under the alias Andy Pavlov.

Both Sonja and Andrija have academic careers — in addition to joint master class programs and lectures at various international festivals, professional conferences, and universities (Chicago, Cincinnati, London, Singapore), Sonja Lončar is an associate professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, while Andrija Pavlović is an assistant professor at the Department of Stage Design at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad.

Sonja and Andrija are co-authors and leaders of the artistic and scientific project Beyond Quantum Music, which aims to explore the connection between music and quantum physics. The partners in this project are the Institute of Musicology SASA (Belgrade), Ars Electronica (Linz), and the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (Split), in association with the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus, the Technical University of Delft, the Sonar Festival (Barcelona), the Incontri Institute for Contemporary Music (Hannover).

Throughout their career, LP Duo has experimented with the sound of various analog and digital synthesizers in combination with acoustic pianos. In recent years, together with a group of collaborators and engineers, they have developed a completely new instrument — the DUALITY hybrid piano, with the support of the Serbian Innovation Fund. By adding special hardware to an acoustic piano, they connect it to a computer and manage to easily manipulate any digital sound, light, or video, merging the worlds of acoustic and digital sounds in live performance.

Ars Electronica, Linz

Ars Electronica is a worldwide unique platform for art, technology and society. The focus is always on current developments and possible future scenarios and the question of how these change our lives. Together with artists, scientists, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and activists, we shed light on current developments in our digital society and speculate about their manifestations in the future. We never ask what technology can or will be able to do, but always what it should do for us. And we don’t try to adapt to technology, but we want the development of technology to be oriented towards us. Therefore, our artistic research always focuses on ourselves, our needs, our desires, our feelings.

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Ars Electronica will be involved in several activities. They will host the world premiere of “Quantum Music 2.0” and provide all necessary logistic support, together with facilities needed for an exhibition of the permanent Quantum Music installation. They will take part in all decisions regarding the open call, production and organization of the tour. Ars Electronica, with its integrated part Ars Electronica Export will try to organize and schedule “Quantum Music 2.0” tour in many other global cities covered by this unique network. Ars Electronica will be actively involved in all activities regarding dissemination of the project through its already established media network. They will mobilize local artists to participate in the preparation of “Quantum Music 2.0” world premiere in Linz.

MedILS – Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Split

MedILS is an international “renaissance” project created as a scientific and social experiment. Its primary goal is to breed a generation of young scientists: creative, multidisciplinary professionals trained to “think the unthinkable” and produce that kind of experiments.

MedILS is an international, private, non-profit scientific institution. The reason for MedILS to be located in Split is that this particular Mediterranean region is geographically, climatically and culturally exceptional, ideal to trigger creativity and develop young talents. This Institute is bound to become the Center of scientific excellence world wide.

Teaching, learning, and brainstorming are a natural way of life on MedILS institute.

The key “product” of MedILS will be a special kind of innovative and free minded scientists and projects.

Through the excellence reached by special selection and instruction (e.g., mixing very young people with scientific “coaches” – exceptional individuals at the end of their scientific careers, even post-retirement), a flexible and disposable administration so efficient as to be “invisible”, and the perfect services.

The mission of MedILS is to create a new original scientific culture in the studies of life and its manifestations, by implementing the world’s highest standards of scientific work, style and ethics.

Our objective is to become a “household” of original intellects with a freedom to doubt and to practice a connective/synthetic thinking in high-risk innovative research.

Best young talents and the most inspiring senior scientific leaders will be invited from all over the world and let free to create a special intellectual culture.

People, not projects, will be selected because we expect the projects to be so original as to be absent from the current global repertoire of projects. The results of the research work in the course of training will be only a welcome byproduct of the primary activity of MedILS.

MedILS will be a place for brain-storm gatherings, meetings and practical courses; a center of excellence in the studies of life and its manifestations, in general the study of complex systems, but no research project will be excluded a priori.

Multidisciplinary, multicultural, interdisciplinary and international are the desired prefixes for the new generation of MedILS scientists.

However, we want to be more ambitious than that: we want MedILS to become a unique place worldwide – due to the presence of unique people working and living in an exceptional, high quality social and physical environment – a place that will be sought for by the “best and brightest” intellectually courageous risk takers from the whole world.

MedILS functions as a bridge between the European and American molecular biology, in future with Austral-Asian and, hopefully soon, African science.

Scientists at MedILS work in the (horizontal) style of a cross-inspiring “jazz band” rather than a (vertical) “symphony orchestra” style with one director and a written script (project).

MedILS is becoming a truly international institution totally independent of local governments, with an ex-territorial status (such as the embassies and the EU and UN institutions).

MedILS will function as hotbed for “growing” special people, as the result of original and effective selection and instruction processes. The results of the research of such people must be unpredictably innovative. Unlike in any existing research place, high-risk research – and therefore low rate of publication – will be encouraged.

However, MedILS will be the place for generating the diversity of ideas, and the scientific “coaches” will be there to assist in selecting the projects and to show how to do the work rather than to dictate the projects.

Our vision is to bring the world-class science, work style and work ethics into this region. It would offer the opportunity for top scientific training without the unavoidable expatriation of young future scientists.

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Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft
Technical University Delft, The Netherlands

The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft is an intellectually inspiring environment of world-leading scientists who perform pioneering research to understand the nanoworld – from quantum physics to nanobiology. The focus is on developing novel concepts and achieving game-changing breakthroughs.
The Institute consists of two departments of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology: the Department of Quantum Nanoscience, the Department of Bionanoscience and members from QuTech. These scientists share the joint Kavli Nanolab facility. The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft was founded in 2004, when it was selected and endowed by the Kavli Foundation. Delft is one of five Kavli Institutes of Nanoscience worldwide (Cornell, Oxford, Caltech, Berkeley and Delft, see Current co-directors of the institute are Professor Kobus Kuipers and Professor Chirlmin Joo.

Bionanoscience is a vibrant and steeply growing research field that focuses on the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology and cell biology. With our research we seek to understand life at the nanoscale.

Quantum Nanoscience is a thriving research field that studies and exploits one of the most radical physical phenomena that occur at the nanoscale, the emergence of quantum mechanical behavior.

Artist in Residence at Kavli Delft
A position at KIND known as ‘the Artist in Residence’ is offered annually to an artist with an outstanding reputation. The Artist-in-Residence fellowship offers talented artists working in the fields of conceptual art, visual art, photography, music, design, dance, film, theatre, or poetry an opportunity to work on a project within the international and interdisciplinary academic setting of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (KIND). He/she will be invited to come to KIND for a period of about 3 months, in which he/she will have the opportunity to closely interact with the scientists at the institute, join in work discussions, experience lab work, and the like. The expectation is that the Artist-in-Residence fellowship will result in a piece of art that relates to nanoscience at KIND.
KIND initiated the artist-in-residence fellowship to promote the relationship between the arts and sciences and thus find new ways to interact and communicate concerning discoveries about matter on the nanoscale. The view is that the cross-fertilization between creative approaches and scientific disciplines will evoke disruptive new insights, strengthen ties, and trigger novel approaches.

Institut Incontri, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) is an artistic-scientific university in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. It dates back to 1897. The university has approximately 1500 students, taught by 361 teachers in 33 courses for musicians, actors, music teachers, musicologists and media scholars.

Incontri is the name of the Institute for New Music at the HMTMH. Incontri realizes diverse and exciting encounters between composers, improvisers, interpreters and audiences in the field of contemporary music. Incontri accompanies and promotes new music in its encounters with the present, in compositions, experiments and new concepts. Incontri creates a spark for the music of the future by meeting traditions and exciting new questions.

Incontri Institute is affiliated with UrWerk Ensemble for New Music from Hannover.

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Although involved in this project as an associate partner, Incontri Institute for New Music will take an active part in all phases of the project Beyond Quantum Music. They will animate experienced composers and instrumentalists, together with students, to compose, perform and research within the frame of Quantum Music project. They will organize QM2.0 two days event in Hannover. They will organize second Quantum Music scientific conference.

Quantum physicists engaged as external experts for this project will conduct further theoretical investigations on all aspects of scientific part of the Beyond Quantum Music project and propose new ways of presentation and exploration of quantum music through sound media. They will also continue previous work on relations between acoustic and quantum physics, with further attempt to expand our undestanding of beauty and harmony. They will take part in developing new music instruments based on quantum physics and be in charge for organization of quantum physics experiments dedicated to this project.