Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia Brent Morris talks to Andrew Luck, the event coordinator of Seattle’s Laptop Battle, a competitive event for an electronic musician to match their skills against others. Brent also talks with Laptop Battlers Mark Wand, IG88 and Jack Birnie.
Show Notes & Links
- Seattle’s Laptop Battle
Elevating the form of electronic music performance.
- Laptop Battle
Laptop Battles are a competitive event for an electronic musician to match their skills against others. Competition rules limit equipment to a laptop computer and an external pointing device (mouse). Some competitions will allow external hardware, usually a single MIDI controller (this set up is very similar those used for Live PA). There are typically three or four rounds, following a single elimination bracket or similar structure. Each round consists of a number of head-to-head matches between two randomly selected participants. Rules vary, but typically the competitors are allowed two to three minutes on stage to play their individual compositions and/or sounds. Stage presence is often a key element for judging, in addition to technical finesse and ability to engage the audience.
- Mark Wand
Branden Clarke is IG88, and he shares the love. A prolific solo producer and remixer. The primary producer for both the electrosoul goddess Shaprece and midnight hour-dwelling rap group Triceracorn. A performer sharing stages with the likes of Battles, Tycho, SZA and Odesza. Part-time friend to all living creatures.
- Jack Birnie
Bassey, glitchy, squishy, downtempo goodness from the pacific northwest!
- Mark Wand “Gang Rang(1st RD KO Mix)”
- IG88 “The Cogs Are Falling”
- Jack Birnie “That Goddamn Particle (Live APC40 Performance)”