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[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 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
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.


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