Coppice, Katherine Young, Hal Rammel | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Coppice, Katherine Young, Hal Rammel 

When: Sun., May 12, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10, $8 in advance
In forestry, coppicing is the practice of cutting back a young tree to a stump but leaving the roots intact so that shoots will sprout from what remains. Chicago duo Coppice are similarly ungentle with their music, stripping things down to the essentials in a way that fosters new growth. Joseph Kramer and Noé Cuellar play various electronic devices and air-driven keyboards (pump organ, accordion, shruti box), but on their new cassette, Epoxy (Pilgrim Talk), the chief instrument is the recording technology itself. The album was made with a dual cassette deck modified to record and play back simultaneously, so that the music is reduced to layers of buzzing, fluttering, and wobbling high tones and grinding machine noise. It could almost pass for the amplified workings of an old film projector, and the degraded fidelity makes it sound the way Guy Maddin’s films look. Opening tonight’s concert are Hal Rammel, a Milwaukee-based instrument maker who improvises delicate latticeworks of harmonics and spiky tones on amplified painter’s palettes, and Katherine Young, a Chicago bassoonist whose work straddles rock, jazz, electronic, and classical music. —Bill Meyer



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