So today I presented my paper

Notational Approaches for a Laptop Ensemble and appeared on a panel regarding *Improvisation as Composition for Laptop Ensembles *then got to see Sideband and the European Bridges Ensemble play which was great.

Also made time to see Mike the Tiger, the Shaquille O‘Neal statue (which involved walking across the campus which is huge) and ate alligator for the first time as well.</wbr>

 

So today I got to hear the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana play Human Shredders which was pretty ace. The played it real well.

L2orK also performed today and while the show was interesting there stage show could be much grander!!

Food has been good, enjoyed more root beer and walked across the campus in the heat, typical English activity!!

So having arrived yesterday evening today was my first full day at LSU, started with an enjoyable cup of coffee at Highland Coffees.

Afterwards head on to the LSU campus for two workshops. (At this point I should explain that I am here to attend the first every Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras SLEO comment about the symposium can be found on my research blog.)

After the workshops I had my first experience of Crawfish apparently a local delicacy enjoyed a few but its a lot of effort for only a little meat and I ended up just using my Crawfish bodies to talk to people sitting next to me. Due to the Crawfish incident I went to Chimes and enjoyed Hush Puppies and a burger with Barq’s Root Beer.

 

So have had a full day to explore New Orleans, had an enjoyable trip to a farmers market after walking along Camp St. via Coliseum Square Park. Enjoyed a cup of cold coffee after getting the research poster printed.

Then head to Stein’s Market and Deli for a Jeff Berger for a lunch with a root beer, the first of this trip.

Then along to the french quarter, a stroll down Bourbon and Royal with a quick viewing of the river and lots of photos.

Finally rode a Street Car back along St. Charles back to were I was staying.

Once getting back I persuade Ray as to the importance of playing ottd while he attempted to persuade me to start playing Dwarf Fortress,

At which point we went to get tea, real good pizza and I headed upto Baton Rouge to get to SLEO. I plan to blog about SLEO at http://ablelemon.co.uk/ .

 

 

So a day late but my day of air travel went fine.

Flight from Manchester to Philadelphia was quiet and very enjoyable enjoyed watching Mission Impossible Ghost Recon and Real Steel on the flight as well as writing my presentation.

The internal flights went well and was nice to pass through Charlotte Douglas International Airport and see all the Duke and Tarhills memorabilia brought back nice memories.

Finally made it New Orleans and enjoyed all you can eat Catfish at Joey K’s followed by IceCream at The Creole Creamery followed up by a stroll through a bit of the Garden District past The Prytania Theatre.