Abstract and Keywords
The laptop ensemble, defined here as a group of performers on more than one microprocessor-based instrument, is one of many advocates contributing to the notion of the virtual band. Over the last decade, laptop ensembles have emerged all around the globe, and their recent surge in popularity is the result of the widening intersection between like-minded computer programmers, composers, and performers, and the accessibility and portability of innovative technologies. The laptop ensemble music scene can be observed as a lattice structure or network of participating nodes such that members simultaneously interact with each other at a common locality, as well as what Peterson and Bennett categorize as local, translocal, and virtual levels. This chapter investigates the types of interactions between laptop ensemble participants through cases studies of laptop ensembles that concentrate on virtual performance.
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