by Dan Senn
Past Life (see video) Use
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Video with a Sound Track from "The Settling"
|"Hovering O're A Past Life"
was filmed in the autumn of 2014 just before departing for my flat in
Prague where I composed the music, a string trio (piano, violin and
'cello) called The Settling, albeit five years
I was long puzzled how to use this footage and it wasn't until 6 years
later, 2020, that I completed the work in Watertown where the work
was shot six years earlier.
The hovering in this piece, assisted by a group of cooperative local ants, was o'er concrete sidewalk I helped pour in 1969 while working for G. F. Young weeks out of High School. The Vietnam War was raging, there was little hope of me going to college, and I was about to receive a draft notice. Thanks to a knee injury when only twelve I flunked the medical exam and went off to university just the same.
old sidewalks for Mr Young, the owner of the company, was my first
construction job and then for the next four years at the UW-LaCrosse, I
worked summer vacations as a union construction laborer. The irony of
this experience was that it as important as my music and art training
was a LaCrosse, the skills I learned as a laborer during the summer
months (concrete forming, crude carpentry, tending masons, assisting
electricians and plumbers), was as important as the education this
work was paying for.
I am now the same age as old man George was in 1969, though far less grumpy, and have built two large studios where I have made art, composed music and produced avant-garde events, and I will soon build a third. Searching and hovering o're these old bits of concrete, over a half century old, was a pensive experience for me. DS October 8, 2020
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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).