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Composers Queue up to Compose for PLOrk

The faculty of music at Princeton University have developed a 15 piece Laptop Orchestra falling under the baton of a virtual conductor. The orchestra uses instruments specially designed to interface with their laptops

The brainchild of Dan Trueman and Perry Cook grew from an instrument that is a hybrid of the violin and a theramin that reacted to his bowing movements across a spherical speaker. The instruments are played by a wide range of sources including conventional keyboards and motion sensors on the hands and feet.

The orchestra has already attracted a long list of composers wishing to write for it.

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