Notational Approaches for Laptop Ensembles

Symposium for Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras 2012

S. Hewitt


In this paper the authors will explore the notational approaches used while directing the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra (HELO), HELOpg and other non meta-instrument based laptop ensembles. We will discuss the different notational methods used within my own compositional practice, suggest desirable notational features and suitability of such methods based on my own practice. In comparing western notation, graphic, graph, video, code and text scores we aim to identify a notational method suitable for the transfer of compositions between diverse ensembles.