Non-specific PLOrk Seminar | Fall 2006

Composing and Performance for Laptop Orchestra
wiki + schedule : class material | assignments | reading

instructors: Perry R. Cook and Ge Wang

fall 2006 ensemble:

Perry R. Cook | Margaret R. Daniel | Scott Elmegreen | Rebecca Fiebrink | John Fontein | Michael Hammond | Anne Hege | Matt Hoffman | Laurie Hollander | Andrea Mazzariello | Ananya Misra | Spencer Salazar | Scott Smallwood | Alan Tormey | Ge Wang | Samson Young

course summary:

This seminar explores issues in creating performance pieces for computer-mediated ensembles, such as uh... PLOrk. Topics include:

  • programming and software design using ChucK and Max/MSP
  • composing for laptop orchestra and plork performance
  • networking, synchronization, conducting; sensors & mapping
  • performance interface design (some examples, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • sound synthesis / analysis, sound design (and whatever else might be useful)

The format will consist of presentations, individual and group assignments (programming, creating compositions for various size plork ensembles, performance), and a beer laboratory component, which takes place immediately after each class. There will be weekly in-class demos and performances, as well as several public PLOrk performances (we'll write pieces together for these). The class will be hands-on, example-driven, and pretty open - hence the non-specificity.

class: thursday 1:30 - 4:30, Woolworth 101 (location subject to change)
beer lab: right after class (Location: TBA)
resources: wiki | mailing list


you gotta be a graduate student; undergraduates who have been in PLOrk are also eligible but must send a short proposal (one paragraph) describing why they are interested, to Perry (prc /at/ and Ge (gewang /at/, and receive confirmation.

Grad students + undergrads please email, if you are interested.

  • (listen) October 13th, 2006 | 3 Legged Dog, NYC. PLOrk performance as part of the Ear to the Earth sound art and music festival.
  • October 28th, 2006 | Genomics Institute, PLOrk to perform for 450+ crowd including President Tilghman and guests.
  • (listen) November 21st, 2006 | FFMUp, PLOrk trios/quartets at Terrace.
  • (listen) January 18th, 2007 | Winter Concert to showcase works from the class.

plork | soundlab | music