First off, thanks to everyone who's read these newsletters, supported the work, and had a positive experience based on anything or anyone involved.
Much of this is not an easy undertaking and it is only worth it through the sense of community that it develops.
Thanks again to each of you and best wishes for this year,
CROUTON NEWS: JANUARY 2007
- Hal Rammel 10"
- Recent releases
- Mouths/Haptic record release concert
- Jason Kahn/Jon Mueller tour
- Z'EV concert
- Forthcoming editions
HAL RAMMEL: "LIKE WATER TIGHTLY WOUND"
Visual artist and musician Hal Rammel has been involved in the creative arts for the past 40 years. "Like Water Tightly Wound" marks Rammel's latest installment of his recorded documentation of solo Sound Palette studies. Beginning with a series of three separate 7" records (titled LOST DATA), released on his own Penumbra Music in early 2006, "Like Water Tightly Wound" captures every nuance of this intriguing instrument. Invented and built by Rammel, these instruments are as curious for their sounds, as they are as artifacts - finely crafted wood and metal devices one would expect to find in an obscure section of a museum. Melodic, yet buzzing with texture, these Sound Palette recordings represent an overview of artistic endeavor, ranging from electro-acoustic theory and practice, to sculpture and craftsmanship.
"I've let the form of the palette be my launching point for opening possibilities and followed the road of possibility. That is the advantage of mixing media, that music might be shaped by a sculptural form rather than the instrument shaped to play any preconceived notion of what should be musical." - Hal Rammel
Released in a limited, numbered edition of 300 with an exclusive photographic print by Hal Rammel. Extended liner notes included, housed inside an antiqued-themed 78 record package.
About Hal Rammel: His work as a visual artist encompasses drawing, sculpture and collage, cartooning, and, most actively over the past ten years, photography (pinhole and alternative cameraless processes). His photographs have been shown at the Wustum Museum of Fine Art (Racine, WI), Gallery 1926 (Chicago), Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee), Corbett vs Dempsey (Chicago), and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheyboygan, WI) and have been reproduced on the covers of compact discs released by Hat Art (Zurich), Penumbra Music (Grafton, WI), and Long Arms (Moscow).
As a composer and improviser he utilizes musical instruments of his own design and construction, releasing recordings on his own label Penumbra Music. During the 1980s he was an active member of Chicago's experimental and improvised music scene performing frequently with Gene Coleman, Michael Zerang, John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis, Lou Mallozzi, Jim Baker, Don Meckley and others. In the 1990s he performed at numerous music festivals in North America including the Newfoundland Sound Symposium (in 1996 in duo with Johannes Bergmark), the No Music Festival (in 1998 with the Nihilist Spasm Band), and several others. Presently residing in southeastern Wisconsin he performs and records in a variety of projects with Steve Nelson-Raney, Thomas Gaudynski, Jason Wietlispach, Chris Rosenau, and Jon Mueller in various ensembles including Audiotrope, Raccoons, and I-Beam releasing recordings of these ensembles on Crouton Records, Soutrane, Utech Records, and Necessary Arts.
As an author Hal Rammel has written on musical instrument invention for Experimental Musical Instruments, Rubberneck, and Musical Traditions. His full-length study of surrealism and American folklore Nowhere in America: The Big Rock Candy Mountain and Other Comic Utopias (including discussion of Blind Blake, Bo Diddley, Al Capp and the Shmoo, Jack Benny, and Spike Jones and Red Ingle) was published by University of Illinois Press in 1991. His liner note essays may be found on recordings released by Atavistic Records and CRI. www.halrammel.com
(crou033) RM74/RLW: "PIROUETTEN" CD:
(crou028) KEITH BERRY: "THE EAR THAT WAS SOLD TO A FISH": CD (unpackaged edition)
(crou032/lbt040) DANIEL MENCHE: "CREATURES OF CADENCE" CD:
Entr'acte (UK) and Crouton Music present...
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
HAPTIC (adam sonderberg, steven hess, joseph mills + chris burns)
MOUTHS (carol genetti, jon mueller, jim schoenecker)
MISCHIFF (janet schiff, ben derickson)
2496 N. Wentworth
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
JASON KAHN + JON MUELER
Second night of their U.S. tour. Full schedule can be found at www.myspace.com/resonatingface
Kahn uses percussion and analogue synthesizer, and Mueller uses percussion and cassettes. Both blur the realm of merely using percussion instruments as devices to be struck. As on their recent Formed Records recording, "Supershells," Kahn and Mueller take the frequencies and textures of their instruments, and integrate them into one seemless mix.
"Percussion is often subsumed within the densely swelling layers of electronic and manipulated sound...to a remarkable degree with the unstable, bottom-heavy, rather threatening electronic sounds which are characteristic of this impressive set." - Brian Marley, The Wire, UK.
3379 N. Pierce St.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Crouton is very proud to present percussionist Z'EV's first Milwaukee performance. Full press release can be viewed at: www.croutonmusic.com/appearances.htm
Alessandro Bosetti: "Her Name" CD
Raymond Dijkstra: "Maskenstilleben" LP
The Hafler Trio + Robert Haigh: CD
Limited quantities in stock:
crou026: Jon Mueller: What's Lost Is Something Important. What's Found Is
Something Not Revealed. CD
crou025: Die Enttauschung: S/T LP
crou024: Richard Chartier: Archival1991 CD
crou023: Mueller/Rainey/Schoenecker: S/T CD
crou022: Jason Kahn/Jon Mueller: Papercuts CD
crou021: irr.app.(ext.): Dust Pincher Appliances CD
crou018: Jon Mueller/Kaveh Soofi: Endings book
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