SynthBeats, Stony Brook University’s Laptop Orchestra, is comprised of Stony Brook students from a variety of backgrounds in composition and performance. The ensemble members share the desire to introduce their community to a sonic expansion of musical performance through their unconventional instrument- a conglomeration of laptops, speakers, and human performers.
SynthBeats was formed in 2017 by composer/performer Niloufar Nourbakhsh after she participated in the laptop orchestra at the SPLICE Institute directed by Paula Matthusen. Current members are Joseph Bohigian, Chris Hadley, Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, Chelsea Loew, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Ben Ramey. Over the course of the past year, SynthBeats has worked with several composers, including Mara Helmuth (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) and Margaret Schedel (Stony Brook University) and premiered new works by Stony Brook graduate composers.