We built the Stanford Laptop Orchestra at CCRMA, from laptops, IKEA salad bowls, amplifier kits, car speakers, meditationpillows, and much more during and since the Spring of 2008. SLOrk is part of a broader history of the laptop orchestra, the ongoing design of instruments, special speaker arrays, performance and composition, in instituations include Princeton (PLOrk), Stanford (SLOrk), and beyond).
An account of the rise of the laptop orchestra appeared in Ge Wang's 2018 photo-comic book, Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime, published by Stanford University Press. The section "The Birth and Rise of the Laptop Orchestra" is available in full.
(Additionally, check out an entry from a SLOrk marathon, and media coverage on SLOrk)