by Dan Senn
for 'Cello and Pre-Recorded Sounds
duration 8 minutes
and 24 seconds
Banner above is a fragment from the score.
Smith's Invention was composed at the
Canberra School of Music in 1980 where Dan served as Lecturer in Electronic Music and directed the Electronic and Computer Music Studios and  is for amplified 'cello and pre-recorded sounds.  The electronic accompaniment was realized using the Fairlight CMI as developed on the school's studio by Tony Furse. The work uses sampled 'cello and Australian insect sounds.

For a score and performance version
of the backing sounds contact
Dan Senn.

Smith's Invention was commissioned by Nelson Cooke in August of 1980 at the Canberra School fo Music, Australia. The title was derived from the inventor Graham Calder-Smith, the inventor who created the  experimental 'cello on which the piece was first performed. Here is a program from the 1981 International ComputerMusic Conference in Denton, Texas, where the piece was performed by Scott Roller. Often performed, i have yet to own a recording of a performance. DS

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sounds for this piece.

Dan Senn, at the time of writing Smiths-Invention in 1980, working on the Fairlight CMI at the Canberra School of Music, Australia in the. 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).