V Češtině
by Dan Senn
In Czech
for Stereo Fixed Media
6 minutes and 6 seconds

V Češtině, or "In Czech", was realized using a clone of a Korg MS-20 Synthesizer in March, 2023. The Korg was an analog synth released in 1978 and used by Senn in his Jefferson Street Studio, Chicago, in the late 70s, where the first Roulette Intermedium concerts were presented. The banner above is from a photo taken on a tram October 2022 in Holešovice, Prague, Czechia.

V Češtině will air on Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 8-10p Pacific Time on KALW 91.7 San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2019 I was invited by the Czech novelist David Zábranský to a daring play of his in Prague. I thanked him but said I would understand little as my Czech was limited. He insisted with "Not to worry. There is plenty to take in beyond language." A day later, arriving a bit late to the theatre, I was led down a hallway to a strange white padded door that opened to the stage where I was suddenly amongst a large, talkative, milling crowd being served champagne. For the first 20 minutes the patrons were the actors and audience until herded reluctantly to their seats by the real actors. V Češtině reminded me of that splendid evening, thus the title. DS

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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 Wisconsin, 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).