Applications now open to participate in a Laptop Ensemble at VIVO

Are you between the ages of 18 and 24 and want to get involved with the Vancouver Laptop Ensemble at VIVO?

With support from the TELUS Vancouver Community BoardBC Arts Council and Vancouver Jazz Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre and multimedia artists Kiran Bhumber and Norah Lorway are hosting a free youth mentorship that will take place at VIVO from May-June, with a final performance in July.

What will you learn?

The main objective of this mentorship is to gain a fundamental knowledge of Max/MSP in order to design and control sonic interactive environments through gesture tracking onto non-traditional (game controllers) and traditional instruments. Students will gain insight into essential audio programming; including techniques in sound synthesis, sample creation and playback, filtering and live processing. This workshop will culminate to a final performance in which students will collaboratively compose a piece. The ensemble will perform using gestures to manipulate sound parameters that they have programmed onto game controllers and acoustic instruments.

This course will lay a foundation upon which students can further explore additional sensor technology within the Max/MSP environment through programming gestural data into musical expression. Musical performers are able to utilize these skills and combine them into their current performance practice. Musicians can add sensors onto their acoustic instruments to control sound and visuals.

(No previous programming experience required).

What is a Laptop Ensemble/Orchestra?

A laptop Orchestra is a group of individuals using laptops to collaboratively create original music with unique gestures, controls, and programs including Max MSP or Ableton Live.

Note: If you would like to get involved with the laptop orchestra but are outside of the age range specified, we have 6 spots available in an upcoming Max MSP workshop. We are also collecting names and contact info for anyone interested in getting involved with the Laptop Ensemble in the future (Expect more info on that in August).

Key Dates:


Intro to Max MSP Workshop

May 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st

Rehearsal Dates: 

June 1st, 8th, 15th & 29th @ 7-10pm


June 6th & 7th: Share your work at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (Optional)

Final Performance:

July 4th at VIVO

Criteria For Selection:

  • 18-24yrs. old
  • A firm commitment to complete all parts of the mentorship: the workshop, rehearsals, and final exhibition on July 4th (Exhibition at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is optional)
  • A statement of intent: Tell us a bit about yourself, your background, and why you think you’d make a great fit for this mentorship.
  • No previous experience required. Just a strong desire to learn and create. If you have a background in music production, or multimedia arts, do tell us about it.


To apply, please fill in the following application. If you have any questions, email Emily at education(at) .

** Application closes May 1st