WHOLE OR BY THE SLICE
Photo: Hal Rammel
WHOLE OR BY THE SLICE collects eight electroacoustic compositions created
by instrument inventor and improvisor Hal Rammel and audio artist Lou Mallozzi,
the culmination of a two-year studio collaboration. Rammel is known for
his subtle and evocative improvisations primarily focusing on unusual instruments
of his own design; Mallozzi is known for his carefully constructed studio
pieces dismembering language in its many guises. Their resulting collaboration
is a journey with many facets - the resuscitation of old technologies,
the playful immediacy of instrumental improvisation, the meticulous care
of studiophonic construction, and the more-than-occasional sublime monkey-wrenching.
The eight compostions on this disc file and fold, spindle and mutate everything
from old 78s and tin can telephones, to lo-fi radio and dismembered pianos.
From "Pythagoras" (with Lou Mallozzi's text narrated by Nina Mallozzi)
to "Slice and Anti-slice" (with solo violin by Terri Kapsalis) this CD
double-mindedly melds the improvised and the deliberate. Liner notes by
John Corbett; cover photo by Hal Rammel.
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