OxLOrk is Oxford University’s Laptop Orchestra, an ensemble designed for the performance of live electronic and electroacoustic music by individually expressive players.
OxLOrk performers control musical parameters digitally, in real time, with a wide variety of different controllers. Members of the orchestra are trained to code new pieces for the ensemble and to perform with their laptops, dance mats, and other digital devices, all of which aid in the creation of maximally expressive digital instruments. OxLOrk performs with specially designed hemisphere speakers, which mimic the sonic properties of acoustic instruments and allow listeners to perceive each member of the ensemble as an individual performer. The ensemble seeks to spark new kinds of creativity–musical, artistic, and intellectual–across Oxford’s academic community.
OxLOrk was set up with a generous grant from the Faculty of Music