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PLOrk: If Lev Could See Them Now...


From The Washington Post "New Wave Symphony: PLOrk"

WHEN INVENTORS Thaddeus Cahill and Leon Theremin designed the teleharmonium and the theremin, respectively, at the turn of the 20th century, their musical technology was intended for use by serious composers.

Although the theremin is now regarded as the quintessential maker of spooky sound effects — and modern gadgetry has only expanded the limits of obnoxious noisemaking — electronic music remains rooted in formalistic composition.

The electronic instrument of choice for most contemporary composers is the laptop computer. For Princeton professors Perry Cook and Dan Trueman, founders of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, or PLOrk, it's also an agent of change designed to bring orchestral performance into the 21st century.