Linux Laptop Orchestra

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. One of the first major decisions was eschewing the expensive Max/MSP
    software used at the other universities in favor of the cheaper, open-
    source Pure Data. Bukvic admits that the software comes with a steeper
    learning curve than Max/MSP. The upside is being able to contribute back
    into an open-source community, said junior political science major Adam
    Wirdzek. This, he believes, is fundamental to the L2Ork mission.

    This drive to remain cost-efficient led to innovations that Wirdzek said
    have come to define the ensemble’s visual identity. To control the Pure
    Data programs, known as “patches,†an input controller is needed. Rather
    than spend upwards of $70 for each orchestra member, Bukvic found a
    visually appealing, cheaper alternative: the Wii remote.

    To ensure even distribution of the orchestra’s different sounds, Bukvic
    insisted on using hemispheric speakers. Over the summer the L2Ork team
    purchased several IKEA salad bowls and spent weeks transforming them
    into omnidirectional sound projectors at a fraction of the cost of a
    retail version.

    <http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/14849/linux-laptop-orchestra-reprograms-musical-conventions>
    (found via lwn.net)
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jan 20, 2010
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