The Laptop Orchestra at UI

The Laptop Orchestra of the University of Iowa (LOUi) is an experimental new music ensemble that promotes the intersection of acoustic and electronic music, of traditional or classical instruments with laptops, guitar pedals, and other electronic devices. Students create their own repertoire and develop improvisation skills. The ensemble is open to anyone at the University with background in music, and interest in programming or electronic music. The ensemble will engage in at least one performance per semester.

Mix acoustic & electronic music in LOUi!

This year, the ensemble will create new music, and the chance to mix many types of live acoustic and electronic music. Traditional instruments, noise making devices, and analog electronics will be brought together with laptops during a weekly session on Thursdays 5:30 to 8:30 in the Voxman Music Building, Welch Rehearsal Room (room 2451). Use LOUi laptops, or bring your own laptop, software, and instrumental setup. Repertoire will be created by the members of the ensemble through improvisation, exploration of live electronic possibilities, arrangements, and original compositions.

2017-2018 performances

- October 11th, creation of Volumes of Worlds, with choreographer George De La Peña (image lower right)
- December 1st, concert with new musical instruments, and guest artist Andrew Bentley, Recital Hall, Voxman
- May 4th, concert with guest jazz trio Nautilis Trio, Stark Opera Hall, Voxman.

2018-2019 performances


2019-2020 performances

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