Laptop Musicians Do Battle

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Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 14:17
Category: DJ

NPR Morning Edition’s David Malakoff yesterday covered the Laptop Battle phenomenon: competitive laptop composition contests that are spreading across North America, thanks to fourthcity‘s LAPTOPBATTLE.ORG. NPR caught the recent Mid-Atlantic laptop battle. Players are given a time-limit and are actually forbidden from using external controllers. The music must be laptop-only. Then it’s a slam — whoever wins over the judges with their musical mastery and energy wins.
So, how can you get on the action? April 1 (Friday!) is the next contest in Seattle. (Any Seattle readers? Hit comments and let us know if you make it!) And the contest will be touring through many other US cities; check the site for details. For virtual action, download the free DVD. And women, get rolling — there was all of one female entrant in February.
In other news: NPR finally answers the question of what Fruity Loops composition + color commentary sounds like on the radio.


NPR Morning Edition’s David Malakoff yesterday covered the Laptop Battle phenomenon: competitive laptop composition contests that are spreading across North America, thanks to fourthcity‘s LAPTOPBATTLE.ORG. NPR caught the recent Mid-Atlantic laptop battle. Players are given a time-limit and are actually forbidden from using external controllers. The music must be laptop-only. Then it’s a slam — whoever wins over the judges with their musical mastery and energy wins.
So, how can you get on the action? April 1 (Friday!) is the next contest in Seattle. (Any Seattle readers? Hit comments and let us know if you make it!) And the contest will be touring through many other US cities; check the site for details. For virtual action, download the free DVD. And women, get rolling — there was all of one female entrant in February.
In other news: NPR finally answers the question of what Fruity Loops composition + color commentary sounds like on the radio.

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