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A (not so) Brief History of Laptop Orchestras, Choirs, and Ensembles (1916 - Present)

A Talk by Perry R. Cook

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Perry R. Cook, Professor Emeritus of computer science and music at Princeton University, will examine the history of humans performing with computer-mediated systems, especially in an ensemble context. Cook will also cover the genesis of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (of which he was a founding member), role of voice in that context, and what he envisions choirs of the future —and present— will be like.


Cook studied music and electrical engineering at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory. After receiving his B.A. and B.S., he went on to Stanford, where he received an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Cook worked at a number of media-oriented companies before joining the Princeton faculty in 1996. There, received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003, and founded the Princeton Laptop Orchestra with Dan Trueman, which received a 2005 MacArthur Digital Learning Initiative grant.  Currently, Cook advises a number of universities, art schools and companies, like Sonic Mule (which encourages non-musicians to make music).  

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