Denman Maroney

Billabong

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A duo album featuring two of the extremists of modern improvisation, Denman Maroney (on hyperpiano) and Hans Tammen (on "endangered" guitar), there is enough wildly subversive heat to easily keep the listener's attention for the more than an hour of recording time. What distinguishes these two manipulators is the way in which they use external objects to affect the sound of the strings. Here, they play alongside one another (as opposed to with each other), and the results are uniformly fascinating. Neither totally eschews modern improvisational techniques, but what makes this endeavor unusual is the emphasis on all sorts of seemingly arbitrary sounds not always customarily identified with the particular instrument. The eight pieces, with titles such as "Stud," "Bog," and "Scratch," ignore melody completely, but do not dismiss musicality. Volume and velocity, as with everything else, follow little in the way of established signposts. Surprises abound, and that, at least, should keep the listener coming back for more.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Hans Tammen
9:45
2
feat: Hans Tammen
8:16
3
feat: Hans Tammen
5:22
4
feat: Hans Tammen
7:29
5
feat: Hans Tammen
7:52
6
feat: Hans Tammen
7:42
7
feat: Hans Tammen
8:27
8
feat: Hans Tammen
11:21
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