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Live Stage: L2Ork performance and lecture [si Ljubljana]

L2Ork (USA) :: Performance and lecture :: Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. – May 16 at 12:00 a.m. :: Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia ::

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFt4MgN7JPQ[/youtube]

L2Ork, founded by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic in May 2009, is part of the latest interdisciplinary initiative by the Virginia Tech Music Department’s Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS). L2Ork consists of up to fifteen tightly networked, yet independently operated laptop computers running open source software (Linux, PD). Instead of designing new instruments, L2Ork’s focus is on perfecting use of existing technologies within a context of a standardized ensemble. Consequently, what arguably sets L2Ork apart from a growing number of laptop orchestras is its focus on physical presence and performance practice, consistent exploration of coupling traditional instruments with contemporary technology, and tight integration of networked data streams that fundamentally alter the orchestra’s properties and consequently sound. Each laptop computer utilizes a custom hand-built hemispherical speaker to create a location-aware presence of sound for each performer. Some of the compositions in the Laptop Orchestra’s unique repertoire seamlessly integrate solo acoustic instruments such as percussion, Shona Mbira, voice (both singing and spoken word), etc. The standardized use of Wiimote controllers and their extensions establishes an embodied performance and visual indexing of each laptop performer’s sound influenced by traditional instrumental performance gestures to control synthesized digital sound as well as captured acoustic audio samples in composed and improvised contexts. The use of improvisational elements along with shared gestures and audio content allow the real-time interactive group production of a music that transcends the technologies involved, allowing a coherent exchange of ideas and emotions between networked individuals of different abilities and experiences.

The performance and lecture in Ljubljana is the second stop on L2Ork’s maiden tour of Europe May 12 – June 1, 2011. Joining forces with their guest soloist Ron Coulter and talented soprano l2orkist Aurora Martin, the ensemble will be touring 8 countries, performing and holding workshops in following locations:

May 14 – Linz, Austria (as part of LiWoLi festival)
May 15 – Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 16 – Budapest, Hungary
May 19 – Croatia
May 21 – Hamburg, Germany (Academy of Music and Theater)
May 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (STEIM)
May 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Zaal 100)
May 26 – Utrecht, Netherlands (HKU)
May 30 – Paris, France (IRCAM)
June 01 – Oslo, Norway (NIME 2011)

http://l2ork.music.vt.edu/


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