by Dan Senn
for Fixed Media, Quad or Stereo
6 minutes
and 32 seconds
Action Speak was realised using a clone of a
Korg MS-20 synthesizer and is for stereo or quad fixed media. The work
consists of a thickish network of gestures, each minutely shaped to explore the endless possibilities of a patched analog electronic instrument. The Korg MS-20 was issued in 1978, and first used by Senn in his Jefferson Street Studio, Chicago, an early venue for Roulette Intrmedium now in Brooklyn. The banner is from a wall photograph taken in Canberra, Australia in 1980 by John Crocker where Dan sold his original MS-20 to a student.

Action Speak, the stereo version, was later
 adapted for use as the sound accompaniment for
 the video work Rus Wall . CZ.

The optional quad version of ACTION SPEAK should be arranged with voices 3 and 4 put to the front left-right speakers, and voices 1 and 2 to the back right-left speakers. Channel 1 is front left and channel 4 back left.

Playback also works well in quad-stereo with
channel 1 paired with 4 (front), 2 with 3 (back).

Listen to stereo version using headphones.

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).