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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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Laptop Music and Related Activities

Laptop Music and Related Activities

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(p.417) 22 Laptop Music and Related Activities
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Electronic and Computer Music
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Peter Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0022

The development of the laptop computer as a portable alternative to the desktop PC proved particularly attractive to computer musicians, who in turn developed ensembles, including laptop orchestras, that explored a variety of performing techniques including machine-assisted composition and improvisation. Building upon pioneering work carried out during the late 1970s by the League of Automatic Composers using early microcomputers, these ensembles, having initially embraced MIDI-based technologies during the 1990s, expanded to include live signal processing during the early 2000s, using software such as Max/MSP. Parallel interests in live performance emerging from the popular music sector led to a productive intersection of practices, embracing practitioners from different musical backgrounds. The significance of these developments provides a fascinating perspective on an important area of computer music that continues to grow in its significance

Keywords:   Chapter keywords: composition, improvisation, laptop music, Max/MSP microcomputer, performing ensembles

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