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Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio, founded in 2007 by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic, complements and recontextualizes the Virginia Tech music technology program by providing the rapidly growing Creative Technologies in Composition and Multimedia Art Design option. By coupling contemporary technology with traditional performance idioms, DISIS pursues a symbiosis of new forms of artistic expression with special focus on interactive multimedia art and scientific research of new multimedia technologies for the purpose of betterment of the overall quality of life.
DISIS prides itself in fostering cutting-edge research as well as innovative approaches to interactive multimedia art genre. With its newfound infrastructure and curriculum as well as powerful student-teacher ratio, the program offers rich intermedia collaboration environment, attracting students across the campus. Students participating in the program are often engaged in real-world creative and research opportunities which bear a quantifiable impact on their future careers, while the curricular training prepares them to be strong multifaceted collaborators in areas ranging from computer science to contemporary performance and installation art.
DISIS is also the home of the World's first Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork). L2Ork was founded in 2009 by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic after securing partnerships across the VT campus, and attracting a number of corporate sponsors. The L2Ork ensemble offers a unique level playing field for interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and enriching K-12 education by linking performing arts with sciences through technology. Consequently, the supporting curriculum is open to all VT Students and Faculty.