Suite for Prepared Vibraphone
Composed and performed by Von Hansen
Shot and Edited by Nick Brown
Vic Firth Contemporary Series
Mvt. 1 M241
Mvt. 2 M240
Mvt. 3 M242
Suite for Prepared Vibraphone is a series of pieces composed for a vibraphone with various objects affixed to or placed between the bars.
The preparations include:
Coins taped to the top of the keys to create a sizzle effect.
Tambourine jingles placed on top of each other make an articulate “chick” accompanying the natural bar sound.
Guitar strings affixed to the bottom of several keys almost sound electronically altered.
Foil packets filled with rice develop a soft resonant fuzz.
Erasers placed between the low notes allow these notes to be dampened while the rest of the notes resonate.
ABOUT THE PIECE:
This composition was inspired by John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (1946-1948). Similar to Cage’s work I strived to make a multi-moment work in which the feel of each movement is a drastically different. The idea of creating angular, articulate music, introspective resonant music and intensely aggressive music from the same set of preparations was an exciting challenge.
I. Oblique is an introduction into the sound world of the preparations keeping the textures isolated within in each gesture.
II. Transcendent begins to combine the prepared sounds with the natural sound of the vibraphone using a constantly reoccurring 5 note row.
III. Incessant blends all of the preparations together in an intense, aggressive and persistent finale.
Suite for Prepared Vibraphone is available through C. Alan Publications http://www.c-alanpublications.com/suite-for-prepared-vibraphone/
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Von Hansen is an active performer, composer and educator. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Dr. 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 a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion from the University of Kansas. He is currently the Adjunct professor of Percussion at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, the Vice President of the Kansas Percussive Arts Society and an in demand clinician and private instructor.
Von has performed throughout the United States, including in Carnegie Hall with The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, The Society of Composers, Inc. Regional Conference and with the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance. He specializes in works combining percussion and electronics, performing his own compositions, premiering several works by other composers and presenting paper presentations, clinics and masterclasses on the subject.
As a composer, Dr. 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, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States’ National Convention, The Society of Composers, Inc. Regional Conference and Electronic Music Midwest. He has earned commissions from The Washburn Percussion Collective, Skiatook High School Percussion Ensemble, The Ross/Eisenhower Band and percussionist John Brown. His compositions have been performed by artists such as Dr. Andrew Spencer, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, and the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance.
Dr. Hansen endorses Vic Firth sticks, Black Swamp percussion and TreeHouse Drums.