A group of university students have created an orchestra consisting entirely of computers as ‘performers’
Designed by Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte and Laura Prenood, students at ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Computer Orchestra looks to be taking the possibilities of ‘live’ performance with computers to another level. Using a crowdsourcing platform, users can record sounds or choose from a bank of samples and assign them to different computers. Once the computers have been designated a specific function, the conductors use their body movements to direct the orchestra. A kinetic sensor picks up these movements and sends signals to each corresponding player or computer, via Wi-Fi. The computers then play their pre-recorded sounds and accompany them with generative visuals.
See a video of the computer orchestra in action below.