The Stanford Laptop Orchestra

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra
Dan Gould
  • 10 october 2008

Live Science points us to a very unusual modern music group. The Stanford Laptop Orchestra is made up of 20 performers each playing a Macbook instead of instruments, creating a symphony of otherworldly ambient sounds. Each key of the computer represents a different note, and tilting the laptop changes the sound. Manipulating the trackpad also alters the music, acting like a violin bow. The orchestra uses special 6 channel speakers made out of salad bowls which all together provide 120 channels of sound. As audience members walk amongst the performance they can experience different combinations of sound every 10 feet.

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