Jillian Harris, Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University, and Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic, Associate Professor of Music Technology at Virginia Tech University, present a tour of L2Ork repertoire in conjunction with live dance improvisation and a world premiere of “Between”, a new dance solo and orchestral piece. Building upon the foundation established by PLOrk and SLOrk, L2Ork was founded by Dr. Bukvic in May 2009 as part of Virginia Tech Music Department’s Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS). Currently, Dr. Bukvic serves as the founder and director of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)--Integrative Mind & Performance Through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology (IMPACT) Studio.
L2Ork seeks to explore new opportunities that arise from combining the quintessential form of collaboration with centuries of tradition found in the Western orchestra and affordable, versatile contemporary technology (in this case laptops). In its current form, L2Ork relies mainly upon a Pure-Data real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphics processing. The orchestra uses Nintendo Wiimotes and Nunchuk as well as various built-in laptop input devices (e.g. keyboard, trackpad, webcam) as hyperinstruments, and external soundcards (UA-1G) in conjunction with custom-built hemispherical speakers and subs for audio output. The ensemble infrastructure currently supports up to 15 fully networked performers.
The collaboration between dance and L2Ork represents a new step in the investigation of orchestral, multisensory experiences relying upon and engaging physical responses.
Friday, April 19th Temple University, Conwell Dance Theater, Fifth floor of Conwell Hall at Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia, PA
Boyer College of Music and Dance website:
6:00 PM, Event is free and open to the general public, Running Time: 1 hour
Pictured in photo: Virginia Tech's L2Ork (Linux Laptop Orchestra).