Seeking Emerging artists and Musicians to participate in the Laptop Ensemble and Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra at VIVO

With support from the TELUS Vancouver Community BoardBC Arts Council, the Vancouver Jazz Festivaland multimedia artists, Wynne Palmer, Justin Devries, Rob Symmers, David Leith, Kiran Bhumber and Norah Lorway, VIVO Media Arts Centre will be hosting 2 separate mentorships which include instrument building, rehearsing/practicing, followed by a final exhibition. No previous experience with electronic music or programming required.

1) Vancouver Laptop Ensemble:

The Laptop Ensemble is similar to a Laptop 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. See this video of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chA-4GRCb-I&feature=youtu.be

How you can get involved:

  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, we have 4 scholarships available that are free of charge. This includes Intro to Max MSP workshops, electronic components to build your instrument, a one year Max MSP license, one-on-one time with mentors to create an original piece, and a final exhibition on July 4th. There is a simple submission process for this, and if you would like to apply, please read more by visiting this link. Application closes on Friday, May 1st.
  • If you are interested in getting involved with the Vancouver Laptop Orchestra and are outside of the 18 and 24 age range, we have 6 spots available. For more information, dates and to register, follow this link.
  • If you have experience with music/sound generating and would like to get involved with the laptop ensemble in the future but aren’t interested in taking this workshop, we’d like to stay in touch! Please fill in your information here so we can contact you to get involved for future shows and performance opportunities.

2) Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra

The Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) was formed by the participants in a theremin building workshop held at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC in the summer of 2011. VETO was formed out of and continues to be supported by the Education Program at VIVO Media Arts Centre. VETO has performed for the Signal + Noise Festival, The Xenakis Festival for Vancouver New Music, for Interactive Futures: Animal Influence (interactivefutures.ca), amongst other events.

VETO is the only theremin orchestra in Canada, and one of a few worldwide. Each member of the orchestra has a uniquely tuned instrument which contributes to the richness of the sound created by this ensemble.

The instrument was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeivich Termen (known in the West as Léon Theremin) in October 1920. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker. The theremin is associated with a very eerie sound, which has led to its use in movie soundtracks and especially avant-garde 20th and 21st century new music.

https://youtu.be/pSzTPGlNa5U

How you can get involved:

  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, we have 4 scholarships available that are free of charge. This includes a 2-day workshop valued at $250 to build your own theremin, and the cost of a Theremax Kit (Valued at $200). It also includes one-on-one time with mentors to create an original piece, and a final exhibition on July 4th. There is a simple submission process for this, and if you would like to apply, please read more by visiting this link.  Application closes on Friday, May 1st.
  • If you are interested in getting involved with the Vancouver Laptop Orchestra and are outside of the 18 and 24 age range, we have 5 spots available. For more information, dates and to register, please call VIVO at 604-872-8337 ext. 5 to register, or email Emily at education(at)vivomediaarts.com