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The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk)
Start Date: 3/2/2013Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/2/2013End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description:
BLOrk will perform works by John Cage, Ornette Coleman and Pauline Oliveros as well as original works by ensemble members. The concert will also incorporate research from CU doctoral students Charles Dietrich (Computer Science) and Chris Chronopoulos (Astrophysics).

Experience data from the sun as music and sound. Data that was originally emitted from the sun was recorded, cleaned, raised to an octave and tonality that humans can easily hear and turned into sounds that can be played on a keyboard called the “Sun Organ.”

This virtual instrument uses sample-based synthesized sounds to sonify the oscillations of surface modes of the sun observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a NASA mission launched in 2010. CU astrophysics doctoral student Chris Chronopoulos made this portion of the concert possible.

A 3D camera will track the movement of the hands and fingers of CU computer science doctoral student Charles Dietrich. Using Intel technology, the frequency and volume of sound will changes with a wiggle and wave of his fingers, creating a new musical instrument.

BLOrk partners with leading artists in the fields of music, visual arts and technology to showcase creative innovations in both art and technology. Among the tools that BLOrk uses in its shows: traditional acoustic instruments, iPads, laptops, SuperCollider software and hemispherical speakers that project sound in a way similar to that of acoustic instruments.

BLOrk is the ensemble-in-residence of the Atlas Institute’s Center for Media, Art and Performance and is led by College of Music faculty John Gunther and John Drumheller. This concert is made possible in part by funding from the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education.
Location Information:
Main Campus - ATLAS Center  (View Map)
1125 18th Street
Boulder, CO
Room: Black Box Theatre
Contact Information:
Phone: 303-735-4577
This event is open to
  • Everyone
  • Ticket information:
    Free and open to the public. Audiences are advised to arrive 15 minutes early. Seating is limited and first-come, first-seated.

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