PLOrk spring2007/ProgramNotes

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PLOrk Concert, Spring 2007

  • May 19th, 2007 8pm
  • Taplin Auditorium


  • Nic Collins...
    • Waggle Dance:
    • Waggle Dance relies on two sets of sounds: firstly feedback between each laptop’s built-in mike and its speakers, and secondly intimate texts written and recorded by the member of the orchestra. Only the edges of these sounds, however, are heard as each laptop runs a program that, like a nervous conversationalist in the principal’s office, makes noise through a awkwardly belated attempt to self-edit (this process emulates a venerable analog signal processing device known as a “Ducker”.) Every time a computer starts to say something, it shuts itself up, but always a moment too late. The cat is never let out of the bag, but we can hear its whiskers twitching.:
  • Sam Pluta...
    • Favorite Things or Titre français avec un petit Mondrian:
    • Favorite Things began its life two years ago as a laptop quartet and was modified this year to fit the wonderful pentadecatet known as PLOrk. This piece uses samples of people talking about their favorite things (joyfulness ensues). Using a custom software interface, players improvise on the samples. The players are split into two groups (left and right), that, as the piece unfolds, merge into one (joyfulness ensues). The graphical display is created live algorithmically and is controlled by the conducting computer. Joyfulness ensues.:
  • Alan Tormey...
    • shining sea:
    • program notes:
  • Ge Wang...
    • title:
    • program notes:
  • Scott Smallwood...
    • Fabrics:
    • program notes:
  • Anne Hege...
    • Maybe the Monolith will just calm down:
    • Music by Anne Hege. Text by Colleen Plimier. Software design by Spencer Salazar. Vocalist - Anne Hege

"For hundreds of thousands of years, mankind lived without a straight line in nature. Objects in this world resonated with each other. For the caveman, the mountain Greek, the Indian hunter (indeed, even for the latter-day Manchu Chinese), the world was multicentered and reverberating. It was gyroscopic. Life was like being inside a sphere, 360 degrees without margins...Here we have a clue to the mentality of the pre-literate, that world of oral tradition that we eventually left behind about the end of the Hellenic period. It is the mentality of the multitude, or as Yeats put it: everything happening at once, in a state of constant flux."

- Marshall McLuhan "Visual and Acoustic Space" from Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music :

  • Scott Elmegreen and John Fontein
    • :
    • program notes:


Nicolas Collins is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Music. His first laptop was a 1977 Synertek Vim, with 1k of memory. His recent book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, on the other hand, is a guide to the joys of analog.