Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras

SLEO is taking place at LSU, April 15-17. The SLEO website blurb:

an international workshop on music performance using mobile devices and laptop computers. The symposium, April 15-17, 2012, will offer workshops for those wishing to learn about mobile and laptop ensembles, as well as peer-reviewed papers and panels to discuss the state-of-the-art and best practices of this exciting new genre of music performance and music technology.

I am chairing a panel discussion titled “Play Something Crazy…Now: Improvisation as a Tool in Composing for Laptop Orchestras.” It will be Tuesday at 1 pm, and the panelists are Paula Matthusen (Wesleyan University), Christopher Burns (UW-Milwaukee), Scott Hewitt (University of Huddersfield), and J. Corey Knoll (LSU). We will discuss improvisation as both a means and an end in composing for LEOs, with some attention given to composing for ensembles of unknown instrumentation.