Trueman, Dan


Why a laptop orchestra?

Organised Sound: Vol. 12, No. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 171-179.


Language(s): English


Live Electronics Laptronica Electroacoustic Communities


In 2005, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), an ensemble of fifteen laptop-based meta-instruments, began its first season. In this article, the author explores the motivations for starting a laptop orchestra, both in musical and cultural terms, and some of the aesthetic, technical, and compositional issues that face those interested in working with such an ensemble.