I went to see the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana tonight in the Studio Theatre inside RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. When I saw the concert on the schedule, I knew that Matthew McCabe had something to do with it. I was right. And I was intrigued.
The concert was fascinating.
When I interviewed Stephen David Beck earlier this week, he said there would be five laptops on stage, with nine musicians.
And there really was. I asked Steve what kinds of laptops they use and he said MBP. I had to think a little before I figured out he meant MacBook Pro. But he said a MacBook works just as well.
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Steve said with practice and patience and repetition, anyone can learn how to "play" a laptop.
At intermission, I introduced myself to Steve and told him that I could practice every day until I died and I could not play my laptop.
Steve said I was very wrong. He claimed I could play my laptop.
I'm very skeptical.
I'll just listen to the professionals.
You'd think that a laptop orchestra would be just noise. You'd be wrong. Some of it was very melodic. Some of it was a little jarring. All of it sounded a little synthetic, but it was all very interesting.
The students who attended were enthralled. I'm not sure how some of the folks my age thought about it, but I was glad to see people of all agest there.
I hope LOL will come back. I'll be there.