Facebook | LOL Preview Concert

At LSU, I teach computer music and digital media.  One of our newest projects is the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana, or the LOLs.  The ensemble is our interpretation of the Princeton (PLOrk) and Stanford (SLOrk) ensembles, and we hope to bring the same excitement and virtuosity to the Gulf South.

I will write more about the LOLs as our experiment continues.  But we will be holding a “preview concert” at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 7:30 PM.  The concert will be held at the Department of Music’s Recital Hall.

This concert will be a shakeout concert for our new compositions and to give us a feel for how a laptop orchestra “behaves” in concert.  That is, how do we get each piece started? How do we reconfigure the ensemble on stage? How do we keep software current among all the machines?  These are important issues that need to be worked through, and so my friend and colleague Jeremy Sagala is hosting us for the upcoming concert.

Our official debut concert will be April 13, at the Shaver Theatre on the campus of LSU.  More will be posted about that later.  In the meantime, here’s a link for the upcoming concert.

Facebook | LOL Preview Concert.

Wear a Hawaiian shirt and get in free!  See you there.


Space: It’s Still a Frontier – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com

Here is a wonderful article on how GPS and GIS have radically reshaped our vision of space and time.  The quote from Buckminster Fuller is especially telling: “our beds are empty two-thirds of the time…”

It’s clear from a demographic research point-of-view how important these systems are to understanding the space around us.  But it is amazing how these technologies are also transforming urban planning, landscape architecture and our entire vision for our urban (and suburban) cities.

I wonder if our local leaders have looked at this…

Space: It’s Still a Frontier – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com.

Creative Review – An Augmented (Hyper)Reality

Augmented Reality is a method of superimposing digital media on the real world.  For example, you can use your iPhone as an AR device when using apps like Yelp or UrbanSpoon.  You hold your phone up, point in a direction, and the app shows you the location of stores, restaurants, bars, etc that are within a given distance of you.  Using GPS, video, and web-based databases, there’s no reason you should be want of a cold beer or a hot meal.

Here’s a very inventive take on what a hyperactive version of AR might look like.  This short film is right on point.

Creative Review – An Augmented (Hyper)Reality.