fzzl Hardware Setup
fzzl for snare drum and live electronics uses a custom hardware setup that transforms the snare drum into its own self-contained speaker and triggering system. The system can be assembled from items easily purchased online for around $60. No external speakers or PA are needed, all of the electronic sounds are resonated through the drum itself.
The following are recommended products that have worked well in previous performances, although many other similar items could work equally well. Full instructions on how to assemble everything are included with the score.
Transducer (Dayton Audio DAEX25 Sound Exciter)
Small Amplifier (Pyle 2X40W Amp)
Contact Mic (Cold Gold Basic Contact Microphone)
Also speaker wire and an RCA to 1/4" cable are needed to connect everything
Other Items (for interfacing with Max/MSP):
Computer with Max/MSP or Max Runtime
Foot Pedal to trigger cues (i.e. MIDI Sustain Pedal + USB Interface)
Commissioned by Joseph Van Hassel
Premiere: April 9, 2011. Joseph Van Hassel, snare drum. Hartt School of Music. Hartford, Connecticut
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, the drum is used to trigger and interact with all sorts of electronic modifications and extensions of its sound. The piece is influenced by West African dance-drumming, as well as hip-hop and experimental electronica.
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Works for Percussion by this Composer
Chasm - Percussion Duo, Flutes, Piano
Ever Expanding - Multiple Percussion, Flute, Cello, Live Electronics
fzzl - Snare Drum; Live Electronics
Here Comes… - Marimba
Noise Peal Extravagant - Percussion Quintet
UNIFY - Percussion Quartet
Trudge Blasted Exotic - Percussion Duo