PLOrk / Nihar Madhavan
This piece derives from the Computer Science senior thesis of Nihar Madhavan (CoS ’15). Madhavan wanted to create a piece that explored different possibilities for audience interaction through mobile devices, and this work is the result. Eric Beach of So Percussion, Mika Godbole of Mobius Percussion, and Mark Eichenberger join us as guest artists. The musical material is derived from an Anonymous manuscript dating from around 1400, the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, specifically the piece Stella Splendens (Splendid Star). The anonymous compiler of the manuscript had this to say about its purpose:
"Because the pilgrims wish to sing and dance while they keep their watch at night in the church of the Blessed Mary of Montserrat, and also in the light of day; and in the church no songs should be sung unless they are chaste and pious, for that reason these songs that appear here have been written. And these songs shall be performed with things that the pilgrims have carried with them, taking care to purposefully disturb those in contemplation."
Madhavan's thesis, "Please turn on your cellphones: Audience interaction in music performance", explains the details of the concepts and the system he built to run the piece.
Princeton Laptop Orchestra
April 22, 2015
Jeff Snyder : director
Mike Mulshine : assistant director