The Gedanken Room

a film by Omar Costa Hamido
cinematography by Grant Speich
audio engineering by G. Blake Harrison-Lane

with Tina Raymond, Will Vinson, Niloufar Shiri,
Waeli Wang, JNTHN Stein, and Omar Hamido

Welcome to "The Gedanken Room," a place to carry thought experiments. In this film-recital, composer-director Omar Costa Hamido (OCH) explores the implications of Quantum Computing (QC) for music composition and improvisation. Presenting a concert of original compositions created for a line up of performer-improvisers in Jazz, Contemporary, and Electronic Music, performances emerge in the middle of the void as a series of experiments. Great emphasis is put in the use of realtime electronics, whether it be to enable the telematic connection and live processing, or in using QC to design sounds in the new synthesizer, generate notes and musical structures on the fly, and control live audio effects.


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The QAC Toolkit


Abstractions and externals for Quantum-computing Assisted Composition in Max. The QAC Toolkit is a software package that allows musicians and artists to build, simulate, and run quantum circuits directly inside the Max visual programming environment.


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The Space Between the Strings


Title: The Space Between the Strings
Year: 2019
Composer: Omar Costa Hamido
Performers: Teeth and Metals (Alex Lough - electronics, Mark Micchelli - prepared piano) [teethandmetals.com]
Audio Recording: Alex Lough, June 8, 2019, Irvine, California
Video Recording: Omar Costa Hamido, June 8, 2019, Irvine, California
Mixing and Mastering: Alex Lough, June 2020, Irvine, California
Video Post-production: Omar Costa Hamido, November 2020, CA



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Serendipity

Title: Serendipity
Year: 2018
Composer: Omar Costa Hamido
Performers: Omar Costa Hamido - saxophone, electronics, and realtime video
Audio Recording: Hunter Long, June 9, 2018, Irvine, California
Video Recording: Hunter Long, June 9, 2018, Irvine, California
Mixing and Mastering: Omar Costa Hamido, December 2020, CA
Video Post-production: Omar Costa Hamido, December 2020, CA


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Duet for Human and Machine


Year: 2018
Artist: Omar Costa Hamido & Andrea Sloan Pink
Type: Interactive installation piece


Capturing the dangers and benefits of human-machine interface, the artists invite physical and auditory interaction as a means of altering the dynamics of human-machine relationships. By limiting visual aspects of the piece, the artists intend to heighten sonic awareness to invoke emotional states. The piece uses a dialectic form of inquiry, playing on a modified Socratic method to embody concerns raised by increasing machine-human interaction.


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B.U.D. Sophia

Title: B.U.D. Sophia, for 7 instruments + smartphone/tablet/laptop, and 1 conductor
Year: 2017
Composer: Omar Costa Hamido
Performers: Adib Ghorbani (piano, smartphone), Joanna Hui (cello, smrtphn), Tony Fajt (violin, smrtphn), Kevin Anthony (electronics, smrtphn), Nicole Mitchell (flute, smrtphn), Hunter Long (cb-recorder, tablet), Hesam Abedini (voice, smrtphn), Omar Costa Hamido (conducting)
Premiere: December 4, 2017, Irvine, California
Video Recording: Hesam Abedini, December 4, 2017, Irvine, California


In our world, at the same time that machines are dressing up as humans and synthesizing voice, humans are starting to wear machines and becoming mute for a strictly machine-mediated communication. B.U.D. - Sophia, is my attempt to embody these issues in my own composition. A piece where musical directions are mediated through networked devices, and where the devices themselves are also used as instruments.

qup

Year: 2013
Composer: Omar Costa Hamido
Performers: Pedro Alves (drums) Omar Costa Hamido (alto saxophone + resonator tube)
Premiere: ESMAE, Porto, Portugal, 2013



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Falesia

Year: 2007
Composer: Omar Costa Hamido
Performer: Omar Costa Hamido (alto saxophone)
Recording: Coruche, Portugal, 2015
Premiere: Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Santarém, Portugal, 2007



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