Dec 10th, 2007 The Seattle Laptop Orchestra has been
on hiatus as of late, but the ideas are still circulating amonst
members. Also it turns out that the concept of a Laptop Ensemble
is a phenomon being tested all over the world. As the Seattle
Laptop Orchestra has found it a challenging and new territory
in music, so have our like-minded friends around the world.
Check em out:
Seattle Laptop Orchestra
Berlin Laptop Orchestra
Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)
The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLork)
Orchestra or Cyberorchestra
London College of Communications Laptop Orchestra
Music In Mouvement Electronic Orchestra
News Oct 1st, 2007 The Laptop Orchestra is in MUSIC THING
Oct 1st, 2006 We were preparing to present at the Pacific
Science Center, but time and logistics have forced us to post-pone
the debut. James (see
Plan B website for details) leaves for a residency/job in
Holland making the music for a hip hop theater production. James
will return to Seattle in June 2007, and we will continue with
developing the Laptop Orchestra.
News Sept 17, 2006: The Laptop Orchestra has been experimenting
steadily all summer with our core members now at 6 musicians.
We are slowly building the number of players, because it can
get choatic. So one step at a time.
News July 17, 2006: The Laptop Orchestra is currently
looking for laptop musicians to play in the orchestra. We currently
practice every tuesday in Seattle on Capital Hill. Because of
recent developments like wireless midi sync'ing and compositional
break throughs we're hoping to expand the orchestra with more
dedicated players. If you are interested please email me at
or call me at 206.801.1950. - thanks.
News June 30, 2006: The Laptop Orchestra has
now integrated wireless midi-synching! A wonderful invention.
News June 15, 2006: James van Leuven was awarded
the GAP Grant through Artist Trust to develop the Laptop Orchestra.
This money was used to buy a legal copy of Ableton Live :),
rent rehearsal space, and publicity. Thank you Artist Trust.
. . .
is built up into sections and chairs like a traditional orchestra:
8 instruments in the Percussion Section (covers all toneless
rhythmic sounds), 4 instruments in the High-Range Section (tones
2,000hz thru 20,000hz), 4 instruments in the Mid-Range Section
(tones 500hz thru 2000hz), 4 instruments in the Bass Section
(tones 20hz thru 500hz).
In December 2005, we held 4 rehearsals, with 7 volunteer laptop
musicians from the Seattle electronic music community, to try
out ideas. The practice sessions made many of the complexities
of this project apparent. We re-convened this spring with 3
core members, James van Leuven, Andy Rohrman and Michael Evans,
to continue developing the orhcestra.
to be continued...