PLOrk : The Princeton Laptop Orchestra

Jeffrey Snyder, Director
Mike Mulshine
, Assistant Director
Dan Trueman and Perry Cook, Founders

PLOrk Info: |

biography | Why PLOrk? |
first paper |additional papers |
original peeps | wiki | some pics |
Want to start a laptop orchestra? |
Or build some really cool speakers?

PLOrk Seminars: |
spring 2010 | see all

PLOrk Press: |
on the air (radio):
WPRB: download | stream |
WBUR: real-audio stream |
American Public Media's Weekend America: listen |
NPR's All Things Considered: story page |

on the air (TV):
Fox 29 News: lo-res | hi-res | hi-def |
NJN (web): lo-res | hi-res |

in the news (print):
PWB | ArsTechnica | US-1 | Guardian (UK) |
MIT Tech Review | Wired Magazine |
New York Times | New Music Box |
Associated Press|
Philadelphia Inquirer | SPAN |
Washington Times |

PLOrk Concerts and Documentation:

| Recent and Upcoming Shows

PLOrk++ : Human Modular

April 18th, 2016
Taplin Auditorium
PLOrk, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, presents "Human Modular", a program of live electronic music that explores how technology both connects and disconnects us from each other. Two classic works by John Cage and a piece from the 1980s by Nicolas Collins are combined with new compositions by the ensemble and a raucous electronic arrangement of a Swedish folk song.

Previous concerts:
Experimental Intermedia, NYC, December 17th, 2015, 9pm
PLOrk plays at the release party for Nicolas Collins's new DVD!

Garden Theater, December 14th, 2015, 7:30pm
PLOrk performs a live soundtrack to Battleship Potemkin

Grounds for Sculpture, November 18th, 2015, 6:30pm
PLOrk performs IceBlocks, by Jeff Snyder, at the Grounds for Sculpture Museum.

MEDI3VAL DR3@MS, PLOrk arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance music on newly invented electronic instruments.

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| June 2014
Richardson Auditorium, December 12th, 2014: PLOrk joins Princeton Sinfonia for a performance of student Mike Mulshine's new piece for orchestra and electronics.

PLOrk goes to London! Members of PLOrk attend the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference at Goldsmiths College in London in June of 2014. Thanks to the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton University Music, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments for their funding support in making this happen! We presented two posters of PLOrk-related research and performed our arrangement of Brazilian Maracatu for Mobile Device Marching Band.

| April 2014
Taplin Auditorium -- Machine Yearning: a PLOrk Concert with special guests Sam Hillmer, Jason Treuting, and a giant industrial robot
Documentation of the Robot piece
Documentation of Skipstep, by PLOrk, using software written by PLOrk member Avneesh Sarwate
Documentation of Recurve, by PLOrk, with Jason Treuting and Sam Hillmer
Documentation of the Mobile Marching Band, a PLOrk arrangement of Brazilian Maracatu music

| April 2013
Taplin Auditorium -- PLOrk Concert with works by Ryan Carter, Anne Hege, Daniel Iglesia, Dafna Naphtali, Sarah O'Halloran, Meg Schedel, Ryan Ross Smith, Jeff Snyder, and one piece written collectively by the students in the class!
Associated Press video about PLOrk in 2013

| February 2013
Berlind Theater -- PLOrk provides a live score to a performance of Merce Cunningham choreography led by Silas Reiner.

| April 2012
Richardson Hall with Kathy Supove-- documentation
and April 15-17, 2012, Sideband in Baton Rouge for SLEO
PLOrk at Taplin Auditorum and 92Y Tribeca documentation.
| 05/15/2011
PLOrk-o-sound, Woolworth Center, Princeton
| 04/03/2010
with Anders Åstrand, Van Stiefel, and others: documentation.
| 10/09/2009
MMiX Festival in NYC (and NYTimes podcast about it)
| 05/16/2009
show with Matmos, So Percussion: documentation
| 05/30/2009
members of PLOrk with Laurie Anderson's Atelier Project
| 05/16–17/2009
at the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC Winner's Showcase
| 05/10–11/2009
at The Kitchen in NYC with So Percussion and Matmos
| 04/24/2009
at ffmup: Midterm performances
| 05/05/2008
Northwestern Spring Festival, Chicago: documentation
| 04/25–27/2008 with the American Composers Orchestra presented by Carnegie Hall (Zankel) and the Annenberg Center (Philadelphia). read more! videos about the project here. reviewed here, and a good pic here (of half the group for this piece).
| 06/10/2007
| 05/18–19/2007
Woolworth (for Riley's In C) and Taplin
| 01/18/2007
Winter Concert, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton
| 11/21/2006
ffmup, plorktastic chamber music
| 10/28/2006
Genomics Institute, for President Tilghman and guests.
| 10/13/2006
3 Legged Dog, NYC, part of the Ear to the Earth festival.
| 05/05/2006
In the Round: documentation
| 04/06/2006 first BIG show, with Zakir Hussain, So Percussion, Curtis Bahn, Tomie Hahn, Pauline Oliveros, Brad Garton, Paul Lansky: documentation
| 01/22/2006
first show: documentation