SxSW: Music Goes Interactive – Laptop Battle and CDM Music and Motion in Austin

proem headlines the CDM party Monday night, with myself and Lila’s Medicine, backed by Jay Smith and friends’ best visualists in Texas (brought to you by Livid Instruments). Photo (from the Decibel Festival, not in Austin): pinkpucca. Texas, here we come. Before the armies of bands hit Austin for South by Southwest, we’ve got some events going during SxSW Interactive — the “spring break for Web geeks” festival of online tech. Laptopists battle it out Saturday night 3/8: The Digital Showcase at the Austin Museum of Art is holding a Laptop Battle for Texan laptop artists. I’ll be judging, along …

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Laptop Orchestras Proliferate, from Princeton to Moscow

Okay, cool — but when will Princeton let these folks play the football games? Move over, marching band: laptop orchestras are here. Princeton’s laptop orchestra PLOrk will be the featured guest at dorkbot in New York this week, but it’s not the only “laptop ensemble.” The Electronic Music Foundation’s Arts Electric notes laptop orchestras span the globe from New Jersey to Russia: PLOrk @ Princeton Moscow Laptop Cyber Orchestra Moscow’s Laptop Cyber Orchestra Oddly enough, these pictures seem to go against the zeitgeist of readers here on Create Digital Music, many of whom prefer to stow their laptop out of …

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Report from Philadelphia: Laptop Music Battle

While we’re on the subject of Novation, the good folks at Novation / Focusrite were kind enough to sponsor the Phildelphia Laptop Battle covered here on CDM. They have a great write-up on what went down. They also got to raise the stakes: competitors battled not only for bragging rights, but free gear. So who’s game for a laptop battle here in NYC? Related: Laptop Musicians Go Into Battle in Philly

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11/30: Laptop Musicians Go Into Battle in Philly

Seclusiasis Studios is hosting a laptop battle tomorrow evening (Wed. 11/30); I can’t go but drop me a line if you’re involved or happen to make it and do take photos. They’ve got some serious judges involved: recording faculty from Temple University, electronic musician Charles Cohen, and the music promotions director for Urban Outfitters. Some of our favorite sponsors, too: Ableton, Grooves, Novation, Focusrite, etc. $7 gets you in. Competitors: Accidentally Andrew, Arkive, Denim Venom, Illoin, Infra Tester, Jason Carr, Lalilulelo, Rod Sledge, Sars, Skymall. Sounds like great fun, even if I’m a bit dubious of encouraging laptop musicians to …

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Laptop Jamming Hits UK, Denmark

In Europe and jealous of the USA's Laptop Battles? Laptop-Jams is set for this summer in London, Brighton, Glastonbury, and even Denmark. Instead of going solo, up to three will jam simultaneously, but no more than three at a time (unlike New York's Share party, where jams are basically unlimited). The good news is, you can show up with a 2-octave keyboard, which is verboten at the Laptop Battles here. And video cameras will monitor what you're doing, so people don't just have to watch "glowing Apple [logos] & thousand yard stares." It's all good fun — not a competition, …

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Laptop Musicians Do Battle

NPR Morning Edition's David Malakoff yesterday covered the Laptop Battle phenomenon: competitive laptop composition contests that are spreading across North America, thanks to fourthcity's LAPTOPBATTLE.ORG. NPR caught the recent Mid-Atlantic laptop battle. Players are given a time-limit and are actually forbidden from using external controllers. The music must be laptop-only. Then it's a slam — whoever wins over the judges with their musical mastery and energy wins. So, how can you get on the action? April 1 (Friday!) is the next contest in Seattle. (Any Seattle readers? Hit comments and let us know if you make it!) And the contest …

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