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  • Hal Rammel

Tucked inside Hal Rammel‘s new seven-inch single, Song of the Interocyter, is a remembrance he wrote for British instrument inventor and improviser Hugh Davies at the time of his passing, in January 2005. Rammel, a Milwaukee-based improviser and an instrument inventor himself, expresses appreciation not only for Davies’s discoveries and performances but for his dogged determination in the face of an academy that almost unilaterally dismissed his work. Rammel cites a piece of Davies’s writing, published in a catalog for a touring art exhibition called “Making Music: New and Unusual Instruments,” that “obliged academics to take seriously research areas that previously they had managed to ignore.”