The Laptop Orchestra as classroom

Ge Wang, Dan Trueman, Scott Smallwood, Perry R. Cook

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The Princeton Laptop Orchestra began as a seminar in its inaugural semester, 15 laptop and six-channel speaker-array stations and equipment for networking and transportation. Students are selected by their enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and balance to the class and does not require explicit technical or musical background. Taking place in two major formats and locations, the PLOrk classroom meets at a rehearsal space shared with the traditional university orchestra and choir. The class uses wireless networking and video projection and sound amplification to convey the teacher's concepts. Another classroom venue is a smaller studio space, housing seven ready-to-use PLOrk stations and a studio machine with a projector for teaching and hosting a professional sound-editing environment. Meanwhile, the course moves away from strictly studio-oriented computer music courses, instead on live performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Music Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Media Technology
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


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