Arielle Pardes, for Wired:
TEN DAYS BEFORE the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage. Rehearsal has only just started, but already, things seem to be falling apart. First there’s trouble with the network that connects the laptops to one another. Then one of the laptops crashes; its human component, a graduate student named Juan Sierra, groans loudly. One of the hemispherical speakers emits a low, crunchy noise, like a fart.