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Composing for a Networked, Pulse-Based, Laptop Orchestra*

  • David Ogborn (a1)


Guided by the idea of participatory culture, networked pulse synchronisation and live coding have been core approaches in the activity of the Cybernetic Orchestra, an electronic performance ensemble at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Following general discussion of the way in which networked pulse-based music and live coding work within this orchestra, there is specific discussion of a number of compositional models and practices that have been found effective, including code-sharing, instruction-scores, code as material, and physical performance.


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The author would like to thank the members of the Cybernetic Orchestra (2010–11) for their creativity and enthusiasm, and research assistants Alyssa Lai, Stephanie Moore and Rob Petti for their invaluable assistance. This ongoing research has been supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Image, Text and Sound Technology programme, as well as by the Arts Research Board of McMaster University.



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Composing for a Networked, Pulse-Based, Laptop Orchestra*

  • David Ogborn (a1)


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