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A book and 2 CDs celebrating the 25th anniversary of this unusual and fascinating musical instrument designed and built by Hal Rammel, an artist's palette outfitted with a contact mic and vertically-mounted rods, played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets.

Rammel, Hal
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS]

Rammel, Hal: The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS] (Penumbra)

Label: Penumbra    
Released in: USA    

"The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures (Penumbra Music, 2016) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the invention and exploration of this unique musical instrument first designed and built by Hal Rammel in 1991. The amplified palette is a thin wooden board fashioned in the shape of an artist's palette and outfitted with a contact mic and numerous vertically-mounted wood and metal rods and played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets. The amplified palette produces an astonishing array of sounds as noted in Christopher Burns introductory essay: "Onomatopoeia can't do the palettes justice: grunting, crying, keening, chiming, pealing, clanging, sawing, sizzling, and scraping barely begin to suggest the range of timbres, or to express their depth and intricacy."-Penumbra Music

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Product Information:

UPC: 9781367503458

Label: Penumbra
Catalog ID: CD019/020
Squidco Product Code: 22333

Format: BOOK + 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Book with 2 CDs
CD1 recorded in St. Louis and New York City in 1997 and 1998.

CD2 recorded at Penumbra Music Studios in 2014 to 2016.


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Track Listing:


1. Room Adrift 2:20

2. The River Doubles Back 7:15

3. Cross Knot 2:16

4. Cracks In Stones 2:46

5. Scattered Birds 9:29

6. The Drunken Boat 8:14

7. Night and Water 1:38


1. Quickly Lifted 0:43

2. The Tottering Day (for E.W. Murau) 3:14

3. Sweet Earth In Flight (for Marion Brown) 0:48

4. Shivers (for Lucia Dlugoszewski) 2:54

5. Tuning Points I 7:32

6. Scenic Force 2:14

7. Tuning Points II 7:42

8. Perfect Dissemblance 5:35

9. Glance 3:06

10. Leaving. Staying. 2:15

11. Lineage (for Nadi Qamar) 1:40