Cal Poly to Present Virtual ‘RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase’ on May 29

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase” virtually at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29.

The concert will feature premieres of original student-produced music that explores a variety of ways to create and transform electronic sounds. 

Students from the Music Department’s Sound Design classes have collaborated with Composition Forum Club members to produce new works ranging from lo-fi grooves and video game music, to experimental soundscapes and pop.  

The music will be synced with video games designed by members of Cal Poly’s Game Development Club and media by Art and Design students.

The concert will conclude with the Sound Design students performing two works for laptop orchestra (lork) — which functions similarly to a traditional ensemble, except that students will generate sounds with laptop computers, instead of playing acoustic instruments.

“Just as wind instruments manipulate sound with air and keys or string instruments move bows on strings, electronically generated sounds in a lork are controlled by the laptop’s QWERTY keyboard, motion sensors and even a tablet’s touchscreen,” said Laura M. Kramer, instructor of Sound Design and concert director. “While the fusion of human performance with computers allows for endless sonic possibilities, musicians are also posed with the question: ‘How can expression be created in electronic music?’ Students will showcase how they did it in these final jam session style works.”

Tickets to the virtual event are $5 and can be purchased online from the Performing Arts Center. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program.

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website or email or call 805-756-2406.

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Contact: Michele Abba

May 3, 2021

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