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Hannis Brown

Hannis Brown

Severe Insomnia, the second release by New York-based experimental composer Hannis Brown and his first album for Lumberton Trading Company, is a spine-chilling and unpredictable rollercoaster-ride of a listen. The 11 instrumental tracks run the gamut from musique-concrete tape collages and electro-acoustic composition to works for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and solo prepared guitar. Inspired by the meandering and disjunct images that manifest themselves on the backs of eyelids during bouts of insomnia, the music is charged with an instability marked by atonal explosions of saxophones, sedate interludes of electronic and orchestral textures, and nightmarish climaxes of tone clusters.

Each piece creates a unique sonic space while contributing to an overarching theme of somnipathy; the anguished screams of Face Down At Twilight, the chopped found sounds of Alice's Attic, the churning orchestral textures of Furies. Incorporating the microtonal orchestrations of Pendereki and Ligeti with the electro-acoustic spatial compositions of Edgar Varese and frenzied free jazz of Charles Mingus, Severe Insomnia is coloured with unorthodox textures and orchestrations. Violins gliss through streams of broken harmonics. Tapped beer bottles, spinning coins, and metal garbage cans scraped with paper clips serve as percussion behind the sounds of children's voices and spiralling woodwind clusters. Strings oscillate slowly in and out of phase with one another; hyperventilating breathing exercises cloak muddled trumpet and flute.

Conceptually, Severe Insomnia builds on the explorations of Brown's self-released debut Oh Ah Ee, bringing together a sort of musical study of anxiety and the ADD of a 21st century twenty-something confronted with endless bombardments of information, music, advertising, and internet pages.

Interview with Hannis at Tokafi.com
Severe Insomnia is due to appear on Lumberton Trading Company in late October 2010 in a specially packaged edition of 500 with the first 25 available in hand-painted glass panels. It can be pre-ordered now in the Shop.

"If rapid changes in time, melody, and emotion are cool, then call Hannis Brown the bi-polar Miles Davis. Oh Ah Ee is a disjointed, bizarre, delightfully-disorienting listen." - Two.One.Five Magazine

"Hannis Brown achieves something quite rare with this record; he holds my attention from start to finish. It is a riot of experimentation and invention, nothing is certain and there is a willingness to subvert itself... At heart Brown has the same innate sense of what makes music work that makes Jim OĆ­Rourke so compelling, you never know when the song is going to open the door marked pleasure." - Americana UK

"To me, Hannis Brown is to music what mad scientists are to invention. Oh Ah Ee is for that type of music fan - the strange one. Me. For example: the more I listen, the more I like." - Fensepost

"Oh Ah Ee mostly delivers as a highly accomplished piece of work brimming with surprises, energy and restlessness as his first step into the world of commercially available recorded music, this is a truly mighty one. Invigorating." - Adverse-Effect

Hannis Brown