Virginia Tech Department of Music’s Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio in collaboration with the College of Engineering and School of Visual Arts presents the latest addition to the *Ork family, the Linux Laptop Orchestra. Apart from maintaining compatibility with its precursors and sources of inspiration, Princeton’s PLOrk, and Stanford’s SLOrk, L2Ork’s particular focus is on delivering unprecedented affordability without sacrificing quality, as well as flexibility necessary to encourage a more widespread adoption and standardization of the laptop orchestra ensemble. The newfound strengths of L2Ork’s design have resulted in opportunities in K- 12 education with a particular focus on cross-pollinating STEM and Arts, as well as research of an innovative content delivery system that can seamlessly engage students regardless of their educational background. In this document we discuss key components of the L2Ork initiative, their benefits, and offer resources necessary for the creation of other Linux-based *Orks.
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