L2Ork – Virginia Tech Linux laptop orchestra

Create Digital Music Wrote a semi guide for Linux music creation and interaction after interviewing the L2Ork group. L2Ork is a Virginia Tech based Orchestra that use only laptops loaded with a custom Linux kernel, Wii remotes, and home built speaker salad bowls to produce some surprisingly amazing music. We’ve seen music creation from Wii Remotes before, but it didn’t sound anything like what L2Ork has created. The best part of the project, there are several videos and guides produced by L2Ork so you don’t have to attend Virginia Tech to produce your own music.


  1. jwscholar says:

    This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while in one of the computer labs at school, but never quite got around to setting up. :)

  2. Niels says:

    This is pretty awesome !

  3. Dan Fruzzetti says:

    but do they know anything about music? there’s a big, thick, opaque line between “idiot making noise in a novel way and calling it music” and “trained musician experimenting with novel media.”

  4. jwscholar says:

    Dan: It shouldn’t be too hard (more time consuming than anything) to get the MIDI for each instrument in an orchestral piece and feed that to a computer. You can make pretty decent-sounding music (if not original) that way.

  5. Joe says:

    Looks like they’re following right along the lines of Princeton’s PLOrk, which started in Jan of 2006:


  6. Winko says:

    Like may others I was looking for an easy how to, I couldn’t find it so I wrote my own. Check my website:




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