Amplified palette, 2004
Amplified palette, 2004

Amplified palette designed and constructed by Hal Rammel.

Amplified palette, 2009
Amplified palette, 2009

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.”

Braque's Palette, 2012
Braque's Palette, 2012

Amplified palette modeled after the shape of a palette built by Georges Braque in the early 1930s.

Amplified palette, 2004
Amplified palette, 2009
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures, 2016
Braque's Palette, 2012
Amplified palette, 2004

Amplified palette designed and constructed by Hal Rammel.

Amplified palette, 2009

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.”

Braque's Palette, 2012

Amplified palette modeled after the shape of a palette built by Georges Braque in the early 1930s.

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