Laptop Forum

What do we talk about when we talk about “laptop music”? Over at, there is now an open thread for discussion of “laptop music,” spun off from the article I published there last week Wednesday: “Serial Port: A Brief History of Laptop Music.” The piece focuses on six major cultural precursors of laptop music: (1) musique concrete, (2) serialism, (3) analog synthesizers, (4) hip-hop, (5) the “recording studio as instrument” and (6) the “advance of the personal computer.” Eight laptop musicians are singled out for recognition, in alphabetical order: Taylor Deupree, Fennesz, Kid 606, Monolake, Ikue Mori, Scanner, Carl Stone and Keith Fullerton Whitman. The article is here and the discussion page is here.

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