Directions to the Sky, 2014
Directions to the Sky, 2014

Pinhole photograph by Hal Rammel of welded steel sculpture by Lillian Rammel. Silver gelatin print, 8" x 10."

New Radiance, 2016
New Radiance, 2016

Careless photograph by Hal Rammel. Silver gelatin print, 6" x 6."

Amplified palette, 2010
Amplified palette, 2010

Amplified palette designed and built by Hal Rammel.

The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures, 2016
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures, 2016

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.”

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Directions to the Sky, 2014
New Radiance, 2016
Amplified palette, 2010
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures, 2016
Penumbra10inchWEB.jpg
PenumbraCD018web.jpg
Directions to the Sky, 2014

Pinhole photograph by Hal Rammel of welded steel sculpture by Lillian Rammel. Silver gelatin print, 8" x 10."

New Radiance, 2016

Careless photograph by Hal Rammel. Silver gelatin print, 6" x 6."

Amplified palette, 2010

Amplified palette designed and built by Hal Rammel.

The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures, 2016

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.”

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