by Dan Senn
Percussion Quartet and Pre-Recorded Sound
duration 5 minutes
Glockenspiele, Xylophone, Vibraphone and Marimba
Xpresso was written in the late summer of 2019
 and is for tuned percussion and a pre-recorded
sound track. The instruments include glockenspiele, xylophone, vibraphone and marimba. It has a duration of about 5 minutes and is in two contrasting
 sections continuously running.

The individual parts for this work are written out traditionally but the full score with sound track is a hirez video with a moving metronomic line for playback on an iPad or computer. The video is used by the conductor to cue performers playing from tradtional scores. The sound track is part of this video score and routed to the stereo speakers.

The stereo sound system should be located on the stage with the performers, just to the left and right of the instruments which are arrangeed in arc. Sound levels, as presented in the demo video below, should be carefully balanced.

A full paper score and parts are available, as well as the performance video minus the midi instruments, from the composer. A demo video with all the parts may be previewed here.

Dan Senn's Site

Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture and installation, 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).