Hal Rammel can be an instrument constructor, improviser, instructor, photographer, author, record-label owner, along with a radio manufacturer located in Wisconsin. Most of his innovative output pertains to the idea of improvisation and self-design as methods to reach an increased degree of surrealist creativity. He performs seldom and it has released few information, but he used Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, Michael Zerang, and Gene Coleman, amongst others. Rammel was raised in a residence inhabited by artwork. His dad was a professional photographer (with an intention in woodwork), his mom a painter and sculptor. He was subjected to an array of music as a kid. His jazz passions during his teenagers led him towards the music from the AACM, Anthony Braxton, and the complete experimental scene taking place in the past due ’60s and early ’70s in Chicago. On the other hand, a interest for off-kilter vernacular customs (one-man rings, Spike Jones, toon music) as well as the functions of surrealist authors and artists pressed him toward device design, before learning to be a performer (he ultimately published a reserve over the surrealist idea of utopia in pop lifestyle, Nowhere in the us: THE BEST Rock Candy Hill as well as other Comic Utopias, in 1990 over the School of Illinois Press). He constructed his first equipment, thumb pianos, within the middle-’70s. AACM saxophonist Douglas Ewart, who utilized one of is own marimbas on-stage, inspired him to go after this type of function, and he continuing to design unusual string equipment (just like the one-string electric guitar he uses in Raccoons) and electro-acoustic sound sculptures. Beginning in the first ’80s, Rammel was energetic on the Chicago free of charge improv scene, using famous brands Coleman, Zerang, Jim O’Rourke, and John Corbett, but departing no recordings for posterity. Ten years later he shifted to Wisconsin, where he arranged a little new-music picture, hosting a every week radio present since 1992 (Alternative Currents on WMSE, Milwaukee) and working his own little independent record business, Penumbra. Upon this label he released a string of CDs. He also shows device building at the institution of Artwork Institute of Chicago and in primary schools. Through the ’90s, he also created his desire for pictures, building his personal cameras to create pinhole photographic artwork. He offers exhibited in Wisconsin, and his functions possess graced the addresses of albums by Joe McPhee and Ellery Eskelin, furthermore to his personal produces. Since he remaining Chicago, his many stable musical organizations have already been with saxophonist Steve Nelson-Raney, Corbett, and Terry Kapsalis (because the trio Van’s Peppy Syncopators), and Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller (as Raccoons).