orchestra for females and laptops

OFFiciAL homepage of OFFAL (Orchestra For Females And Laptops).

A collective of female laptopists who want to make music with other female laptopists.

OFFAL is an international collective of women laptop performers who devise performances involving multi-location collaborative improvisation. The group was formed in 2015 in response to research around gender in digital technology and laptop ensemble practice . As a non-hierarchical collective it aims to connect an international group of women engaged in electronic music by developing technological systems and organisational structures that facilitate collaboration. The group provides a platform for the creation and performance of new laptop music by women.

OFFAL use an inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome any member who identifies with a gender other than male.

Join our googlegroup: if you want to join or lurk on the list to find out what we're up to.

Or you can contact the OFFALly nice ladies of OFFAL at the OFFiciAL email account:

Current and Past Members:

Ada Adhiyatma (US/SP). Based in Philadelphia and Singapore, and a self-described computer witch, Ada performs and composes rhythmic noise-architecture under the alias Madam Data.

Joanne Armitage (UK) works with code and physical computing to explore physical aspects of sound whilst lecturing in Digital/New Media and Computer Music at the University of Leeds.

Lina Bautista (SP) is media artist, performer and artistic developer of applications for music and sound. She is member of Orquestra del Caos and Sons de Barcelona. Professor of new technologies on music and sound.

Alexandra Cardenas (CO/MX) is a composer and improviser now based in Berlin. Her work is focused on live electronics and more recently on live coding.

Lucy Cheeseman (UK)

Rachel Devorah (FR/US) is a sonic artist interested in the poetics and politics of context-specificity.

Libertad Figueroa (MX) performs and improvises live-coded music with SuperCollider; senior student of the BA in Communication Science (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences-UNAM).

Annie Goh (UK/DE) is an artist, researcher & computer musician, currently doing PhD research on echo & archaeoacoustics at Goldsmiths, London.

Shelly Knotts (UK/AU) produces live coded and network music systems and performances, which explore data and collaboration.

Diana Medina (SP) is a classically trained singer, sound designer and sound artist. Currently working in interaction of stimulus and perception through multimedia-sound installations.

Jenny Pickett (FR) is a member of the artists' collective APO33, exploring various collaborative approaches with works that cross electronic music and visual arts and activism.

Dorien Schampert (UK/BL) Leeds-based live coder with Belgian roots improvising slowly evolving minimal techno with algorithms.

Amble Skuse (UK)

Andrea Young (CA) sends an amplified, processed and resynthesized voice, as well as a repurposed, sound-controlling voice enabled through feature extraction and data-driven live electronics.



Call for Performers

Looking for all women who possess a laptop (or computer) and are willing to make sound to partake in the OFFAL concerts. The performances use systems for online collaboration.

You will participate in the concerts by sending a live audio stream from your location - instructions on how to set it up are here:, and ensemble members are always happy to help with setup questions and technical problems.

Please email if you are interested in taking part or have any questions.