|1 - Taking
by Dan Senn
4k Video with Stereo Sound (See sample video)
Duration = 7:20
|Taking Pains (2023)
was filmed on mid-May at St Paul's Episcopal Church near Studio
FMEra in Watertown, Wisconsin. This is the 4th of four experimental videos, the first three
produced in Prague at Gasworks in Holešovice, in the Spring of
2023 —> Danger Alley, Banana Telegraph
and U Garáží.
1- Taking Pains was followed by two related videos, 2 - Pain Staking and 3 - Staking Pains, all later collected in Three Panes.
The sound track here is from a recording made while performing my Fayfer Harp in the 1990s. The pitched, periodic long tone heard was added later and is from a turned lyde instrument. The original recording was made to accompany the text Movie Man repurposed here. "If J. S. Bach could reuse his music so can you." my partner advised as she lowered her A=415 recorder.
The title Taking Pains, is a double entendre from Ben Johnston, a composition teacher of mine at the University of Illinois-Urbana in the 1970s. He told me that he "enjoyed taking pains" to realize his complex musical structures. Recently, while playing for Czech artists the videos mentioned above, I was asked about the software I used for certain effects. I responded with Ben's quote while pointing at my scribbled tabulations and adding "It is all manually applied."
|The emotive aspects of Taking Pains were not consciously intended. The
work is comprised of closeups of naturally backlit 19th Century
American stain glass and I wanted to film
this exquisite glass—nothing more. Having gained permission to do so,
when entering the
space I noted this narrow panel as well located for taking some
test footage. Without heed to it's
content, the resurrection of a Jesus portrayed blue eyed and blond, I set up my tripod and started
Back at my studio, I looked at the footage, was interested, and began a silent editing process where the sequence of the clips was not changed. Then, as I considered sound, it was clear that the edited video may work atop a continuously flowing sound track with simultaneities occurring by chance—that the two mediums need only have the same overall duration. Eventually I landed on using the accompaniment to an existing work, an improvisation used to accompany spoken text while touring in Europe. DS 052523
Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an
intermedia/fluxus artist working in music composition and production,
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
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
Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia
Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx
festivals in Prague. (read more).