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6 Mini LPs

Hannis Brown - Severe Insomnia

Hannis Brown

Severe Insomnia

Release Date: February 2011

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: LUMB015

Price: Regular £9 / Handpainted Glass £16

track list

1. Junk Manipulated

2. Dismemberment

3. Furies

4. Alice’s Attic

5. Final Arguments with Maxwell

6. Asymmetry

7. Severe Insomnia

8. Face Down at Twilight

9. Bulgakov

10. My Head In My Hands

11. Imitating Chicago (Underground)

The second album by this NYC-based composer/songwriter/improviser/electro-acoustic artist, whose eleven pieces here not only absorb the free jazz of his beloved Charles Mingus but also the micro-tonal orchestral work of Ligeti and Penderecki, and Edgar Varese's forays into spatial electro-acoustic soundworlds of a highly personal and some might argue traumatic disposition. As with the debut, Oh Ee Ah, Hannis Brown's music winds itself around those contours impossible to pin down to any one thing beyond that line between insanity and genius. Limited to 500, with the first 25 available as a special, hand-painted, glass packaged edition.

Review from VITAL WEEKLY (Issue 778)
Severe Insomnia is the second release by New York-based composer Hannis Brown, being the follow up of Brown's self-released debut 'Oh Ah Ee', an experimental rock album. His new album has nothing to do with rock and everything with composed music. For this release 11 compositions are brought together , taken from various performances. At first listening it is the diversity that is remarkable. The compositions are of a very different nature and instrumentation, but all come from the same - eclectic - mind. And also from a romantic soul if you aske me. As a composer Brown is not interested in making a statement on the forefront of new music. Most of his works here, have a link with some musical past, and dwell somewhere between the present and the past. 'Dismemberment' is for a small ensemble and starts from minimalistic procedures, to end somewhere else. 'Furies' is written for an orchestra. 'Alice's Attic' makes use of electro-acoustic procedures, combined with an ensemble. 'Final Arguments with Maximillian' seems to have a prominent role for a pianola. Etc, etc. There is a lot to discover here. Brown choses very different ways and procedures for structuring a piece of music. At the same time the music is full of emotion and very sensitive. A unique statement.