Swansea Laptop Orchestra launch their debut album, loadbang!
Expect to hear four- on-the-floor, sound art, Indian raga and everything in between.
Swansea Laptop Orchestra use hacked game controllers, laptops, sensors and other bits of tech, to create and perform experimental, classical, electroacoustic and electronic music. Controllers are used to track the performers' gestures and theatrical movements, bringing a unique physicality to electronic music and creating a symbiotic audio- visual experience.
Swansea Laptop Orchestra is comprised of Music Technology lecturers Dr. Jenn Kirby and Simon Kilshaw, based in Swansea Studios at Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
They build their own tools bringing theatre, physicality and humour to the performance of electronic and laptop music. The title of the album, loadbang! refers to the object in the programming environments PureData and Max, that the laptop orchestra use to build their own software and virtual musical instruments. Loadbang serves as an initialisation of the ‘patch’ (software). Swansea Laptop Orchestra have come on the electronic music and avant garde scenes with a bang; performing in festivals around the UK and contributing to the growing experimental music scene in the South-West.