Laptop Kinetics

Jonathan Reus


Laptop Kinetics is series of free improvisation performances responding to and sonifying operations of the artist’s laptop (a 2011 Macbook Pro, with various software and hardware malfunctions).

Hand-held electromagnetic sensors are used to transduce the electromagnetic murmurs of the laptop computer into sound. The sounds are sampled and re-sampled by the performer, using software running on the computer. An array of incandescent bulbs translates the attempts at musical gestures and electromagnetic byproducts of the laptop as a patchwork of flickering light.