1994, 2024

Fritzes Tootsis
Video and Sound by Dan Senn

duration 20:44

Frances (1994, 2023) is a video using a stationary camera on baby Fritzes, aka Tootsis, February 24, 1994, as she falls asleep in her mother's arms. She is seven day old. The soundtrack, "Before Roulette”, was improvised in 1991 prior to a performance at Roulette Intermedium in New York City. The sound work uses controlled feedback from Scrapercussion #7 (see image to the right) and was recorded in the Fine Arts Computer Lab at Ball State University then directed by Senn.
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The film was shot using a Sony Hi-8 camcorder, a pre-digital device. Therefore, the random white flicks in the image (x3), resulting from tape degradation, were left in place rather than disturb the gestures of the child. The video, like the sound improvisation, is unedited and in real-time. DS 040224

Note: At 1'40" before the video ends, the
sound goes to silence. This is intended.

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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 Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA. 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).