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Focusing on amplified percussion via Hal Rammel's percussion palettes, and Chris Burns' work with electric guitar, this Milwaukee area duo has been improvising together for many year, as heard in this engaging dialog of unusual interjection and tone.

Rammel, Hal / Christopher Burns

Rammel, Hal / Christopher Burns: Scrawl (Penumbra)
Label: Penumbra    
Released in: USA    

"Hal Rammel and Chris Burns have been improvising together for many years in a wide variety of ensembles in the Milwaukee area. This past summer they began playing and recording as a duo, focusing on amplified percussion, via Hal's amplified palettes, and Chris' work with electric guitar. The results of those sessions have been released by Penumbra Music as the duo CD Scrawl.

Hal Rammel is an improviser and composer focused on sound sources of his own design and construction. In 2013, 14 of his acoustic and electroacoustic instruments were added to the permanent collection of the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. His work as an instrument inventor was explored in a recent issue of the online publication Sound American.

Christopher Burns is a composer, improviser, and multimedia artist. His instrumental chamber works weave energetic gestures into densely layered surfaces. Polyphony and multiplicity also feature in his electroacoustic music, embodied in gritty, rough-hewn textures. As an improviser, Christopher combines an idiosyncratic approach to the electric guitar with a wide variety of custom software instruments. Across all of these disciplines, his work emphasizes directionality, layering and intercutting a variety of trajectories to create form. As a committed educ ator, Christopher teaches music composition and technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee."-Penumbra

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Product Information:

Label: Penumbra
Catalog ID: CD018
Squidco Product Code: 18652

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Paper foldover in a vinyl sleeve with insert
Recorded by Christopher Burns at Penumbra Studios in the Spring of 2013.


Hal Rammel-amplified pallettes

Christopher Burns-electric guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Sketch 5:46

2. Tracing 6:05

3. Crosshatch 3:34

4. Ink & Gouache 5:28

5. Stipple 7:27

6. Cursive 2:42

7. Silver Point 4:24

8. Scrawl 2:37

9. Vanishing Point 4:57