For bowed grandmother clock chimes, kalimba, zen balls and garden weasel with live processing, It’s Like the Nothing Never Was is a live electroacoustic soundscape created by amplifying and processing the above metallic instruments. This work is meant to encourage interaction between the performer and computer by creating an electroacoustic soundscape without the use of prerecorded material. Every sound that is presented through the electronics is a direct manipulation of the acoustic sounds, and the performer is given guidelines to engage the randomized computer processing through improvisation. The metallic percussion and active processing allow the audience to be immersed in a unique sound world.
Von Hansen is an active performer, composer and educator of percussion music, residing in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Hansen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Washburn University, a double Master’s in Music Composition and Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University and is a current candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas.
Von has performed with The Topeka Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, The Topeka Festival Singers, The Lawrence Civic Choir and various orchestral and jazz ensembles throughout Kansas and Michigan. As a member of the KU wind ensemble he premiered In the Shadow of No Towers by Mohammad Fairouz at Carnegie Hall. He is currently the Assistant Director of Marching Percussion at the University of Kansas and the Director of Marching Percussion at Blue Valley South West High School. Von is also an in demand clinician and private instructor.
Mr. Hansen was named the winner of the 2009 Central Michigan Orchestral Composition Contest, and his works have been selected for performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States’ National Convention. He has earned commissions from The Washburn Percussion Collective and percussionist John Brown and his compositions have been programed throughout the midwest and along the east coast by performers such as Dr. Andrew Spencer and the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance.