Compositions by students and faculty explore the application of traditional sound processing technology as well as the integration of powerful programming languages such as MAX, Jitter and Super Collider. The Technology is interwoven with composition and improvisation in unique ways. Additionally, the use of electronic sensors that link the performers body movements to sound are explored. The ensemble builds on the research of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) begun by Perry Cook and Dan Trueman in 2006 which has featured collaborations with Pauline Oliveros and Zakir Hussain among many others.
In 2007, University of Colorado professors John Gunther (woodwind) and John Drumheller (computer) performed “Wild Orphan,” utilizing composition, spoken word, improvisation, and real-time sound processing. In 2008 CISMAT began expanding on this model of composition and performance to include a larger ensemble forming the Boulder Laptop Orchestra.