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Laptop orchestra presents the electronic sounds of creativity in out-of-the-ordinary concert

Loyola press release - March 14, 2014

The modern laptop orchestra has musicians from across the globe putting down their instruments and picking up their laptops to create a new kind of 21st century musical presentation. Loyola University New Orleans’ own laptop orchestra, the ElectroAcoustic Ensemble, will offer a glimpse into this modern musical marvel during a free, public concert Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on the university’s main campus.

Loyola student musicians in the ElectroAcoustic Ensemble, led by Assistant Professor of Music Industry Technology Jeffrey Albert, Ph.D., “play” their laptops by using keyboards, game controllers and mini-drum pads to sample and manipulate traditional sounds in coordination with each other. The performers make their own electronic music with a wide variety of sounds, including nature sounds such as frog croaks and running water for one-of-a-kind musical pieces.

“Being a part of the laptop orchestra helps these students to realize their creativity and tap into it for their own pursuits, both academically and professionally,” Albert said. “Whether these students are musicians, filmmakers or promoters, they can bring this new creativity back to what they do.”

The creative exploration is not just limited to the performers; the audience will walk away with a new experience as well, according to Albert. “It’s best to come to this concert with no expectations, but it’s definitely a thought-provoking performance and a serious art form,” he said.