by Dan Senn
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Video with Pig, Chicken and Scrapercussion Sounds (2020)
duration 5:47

"Covideo first appearred in late 1994 as part of a sculptural instrument called a "Telelyre" with a video titled "Teleliar" featuring Oliver North's June Congressional testimony. The work consisted of two suspended 13" monochrome monitors, the lower rotated with sound accompaniment resulting from the attached pendulum instrument above. Here, the weight of the monitors determined the pitch of the strings which were further tuned by adjustable piezo microphones (these served as pickups as well as tuning points). The tuned strings were hammered by wind blown pendulums with colorful sail blown by an oscillating fan. The picture above of the "Telelyre: Telelyre" from late 1994 includes my curious son Nick.

But for the in-camera edited video file, little of this old soundsculpture remains today. Yet, in this time of political hucksterism and COVID-19, I was reminded of my 1994 work, of Ollie North, the history of Trumpism, these endless plagues and origins for both. And so I have made a political work from a political work expanding the two video output of "Telelyre: Telelyre" to 14 virtual monitors twisting about in a sonic milieu of pointellistic pig snorts chicken clucks and metallic feedback.

The sound accompaniment for Covideo came from Scrapercussion #7 feedback samples, and pig snorts and chicken clucks which I recorded on a farm near Portland, OR, and first used in a "Fenced Penduling with Pigs aSnortin'

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Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia and travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist. He lives in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner-collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. Dan is cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia Composers of Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx media festivals in Prague. (read more).

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