The Electro-Acoustic Ensemble at Bucknell University is the performing componenet of Performance for Laptop a new course that examines the laptop computer as a musical instrument and explores the line between art and science.
Originally founded in January 2009 at Loyola University New Orleans, the current ensemble at Bucknell University is composed of fifteen performers and director Paul J. Botelho. The group performs using laptop computers, custom-built software and circuitry, and other technology-based instruments and devices.
The ensemble strives to perform new works in a variety of unique, site-specific situations. Performance venues have included stairwells, city streets, and New Orleans' streetcars.
The ensemble's performance focus is new work, improvisation, and the classical electro-acoustic repertoire.
The Performance for Laptop course examines the laptop computer as a musical instrument and explores the line between art and science. Class participants develop, perform, and create together as a laptop ensemble.