fzzl for snare drum and live electronics

Program Notes
fzzl fuses the acoustic and electronic through the use of a small transducer attached to the bottom of the snare drum. This allows electronic sounds produced by the computer to resonate through the drum rather than separate speakers. Using a contact microphone attached to the top, the drum is used to trigger and interact with all sorts of electronic modifications and extensions of its sound. The piece was written while I was studying West African dance-drumming which inevitably found its way into the piece, along with a healthy dose of experimental electronica à la Aphex Twin.

Biographical Sketch
Dan VanHassel is a composer and multi-instrumentalist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia by performers such as pianist Keith Kirchoff, Red Fish Blue Fish, Ensemble SurPlus, percussionist Joseph Van Hassel, and saxophonist Michael Straus. Active as a performer, Dan draws influence from his experience performing in rock bands, gamelans, free jazz groups, and chamber ensembles. Dan is co-director of the Wild Rumpus new music collective in San Francisco and was a founding member of the new music ensemble Agenda, the free-improv group Output, and the composers collective Test Pattern. He has studied composition at Carnegie Mellon University, the New England Conservatory, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Performer Bio:

Joseph Van Hassel is a Connecticut-based percussionist specializing in orchestral and chamber music. Performance highlights include premieres of works by Libby Larsen, Joseph Turrin, and David Macbride, engagements at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Hindemith Foundation in Switzerland, and the 2007 PASIC Focus Day in Columbus, Ohio. He has performed with numerous orchestras throughout the Midwest and east coast, and toured the United States with the 2008 Juniper Music Festival. Joseph has recorded for the Equilibrium label and with the Percussion Group Cincinnati for Mode Records. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Hartt School of Music.