PLOrk fall2006/AssignmentOne

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"Small Sounds Sketches" : Create a Performance for 5 Laptops (no additional amplification)

  • due: in class | Thursday, September 28th, 2006
  • design a live musical performance using 4 or 5 laptops
  • the only audio amplifications available will be the onboard laptop speakers.
  • pieces should be 2 to 4 minutes in duration

Some Issues to Consider

  • what sounds to employ, especially given the constraint of using only laptop speakers?
  • how will be the piece be performed? who/what will perform it?
  • how will the piece engage the performers? how will it engage the audience?
  • will there be a conductor? if so, how should the performance be conducted?
  • what software(s), hardware (if any) will you use?
  • what is the role of the laptops in the performance?


  • since we haven't begun covering the technical issues (networking, MIDI input, sensors, programming etc.),


  • in class performance
  • instructions, if any, for human performers
  • instructions, if any, for human conductors
  • instructions, if any, for the laptop (programs, sound files)
  • program notes, if any
  • special requirements (spatial, lighting, etc.)
  • README file explaining your approach in creating the performance, what tools you used, any difficulties you encountered, and any additional notes.