[OT] CCRMA Laptop Ensemble Summer Workshop

    Mar 01 2007 | 2:00 pm
    Hey everyone -- here's another fun summer thing:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> CCRMA Workshop Composing and Coding for Laptop Ensemble (CCL) 2 weeks July 23 - August 3 Dan Trueman and Ge Wang, with Perry Cook Emphasizing hands-on approaches, this workshop will address the challenges of making music in laptop ensembles. At the core of the workshop will be a set of meta-instruments (laptops with 6-channel hemispherical speakers, associated audio gear, sensors, and controllers) from the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk; see plork.cs.princeton.edu). Together, we will act as performers, researchers, composers, and software developers, focusing our attention on instrument design, composition, and music making with these instruments. The challenges are many: what kinds of sounds can we create? How can we physically control these sounds? How do we compose with these sounds? There are also social questions with musical and technical ramifications: how do we organize ourselves in this context? With a conductor? Via a wireless network? And so on. Morning sessions will focus primarily on instrument design, composition, and coding issues using the languages ChucK and Max/MSP. Experience with these languages, or programming languages in general, is not required but will be beneficial; depending on the makeup of the group, we may at times divide into smaller groups to teach experience-appropriate skills as needed. We will look at how various composers and engineers have addressed the challenges posed by laptop ensembles and brainstorm new approaches. Afternoon sessions will emphasize music-making of already existing pieces and new pieces created by workshop members. Graduates of both the PID and DSP workshops may find this a useful workshop for applying what they have learned.