by Dan Senn
a theatre piece
for Piano, Pre-Recorded Sounds and Projected Score
duration 12 minutes
and 10 seconds

CAGED was written in Canberra, Australia, in 1980 for the pianist John Luxton. It uses a  projected score, graphic and traditional, and is accompanied by pre-recorded sounds made from prepared piano samples manipulated using the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument. The work was the first to be composed at the Canberra School of Music using Tony Furse' revolutionary instrument (pictured to the right), an invention initially developed at the Canberra School of Music. Dan desiged and directed the Computer Music Studios, Australia, here from 1980-1984.

CAGED, named after John Cage, was considered a "theatre piece", language commonly used at the time meaning the performer has a role beyond just playing the music for a designated work. Theatre lights were used and scored within the work.

Stage Setup

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Press play below to hear the backing
sounds for this piece.

Dan Senn working on the Fairlight CMI at the Canberra School of Music, Australia in the early 1980s. Click image to enlarge.

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).
Above photo was taken in by Tim Brook.