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Peter Hammill

singer-songwriter, and a founding member of progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.

Musically, Hammill's work ranges from short simple riff-based songs to highly complex lengthy pieces. Mainly because of his refusal to make anything resembling middle-of-the-road music, and the general absence of any smooth or glamorous sounds in his music, there is much debate amongst his admirers whether Hammill i ...read more

singer-songwriter, and a founding member of progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.

Musically, Hammill's work ranges from short simple riff-based songs to highly complex lengthy pieces. Mainly because of his refusal to make anything resembling middle-of-the-road music, and the general absence of any smooth or glamorous sounds in his music, there is much debate amongst his admirers whether Hammill is to be considered a part of the so-called progressive rock scene. In many interviews however Hammill himself has stated that he does not want to be put in the progressive rock music label, or any music label at all[10].

His output is prolific. Many different styles of music appear in his work, among them artful complexity (for instance Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night), avant garde electronic experiments (Loops and Reels, Unsung), opera (The Fall of the House of Usher), solo keyboard accompaniment (And Close As This), solo guitar accompaniment (Clutch), improvisation (Spur of the Moment), film music (Sonix), band recordings (Enter K), and slow, melancholic balladry (None of the Above).

Hammill's voice is a very distinctive element of his music. He sings in an emotional, often even dramatic way. As a former Jesuit chorister, his delivery is usually (a notable exception is the track « hide

Similar Bands: Van Der Graaf Generator, Gargamel, Quarteto 1111, David Sylvian, Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas

LPs
Consequences
01/01/2012

Thin Air
2009

Veracious
2006

4.5
1 Votes
Singularity
2006

4.3
2 Votes
Clutch
2002

3.4
4 Votes
What, Now?
2001

None Of The Above
2000

This
1998

Everyone You Hold
1997

Tides
1996

X My Heart
1996

Roaring Forties
1994

Offensichtlich Goldfisch
1993

The Noise
1993

Fireships
1992

The Fall Of The House Of Usher
1991

Out Of Water
1990

Spur Of The Moment
1988

1
1 Votes
In A Foreign Town
1988

Skin
1986

And Close As This
1986

3.1
4 Votes
Patience
1983

3.9
7 Votes
Loops and Reels
1983

4.5
2 Votes
Enter K
1982

3.3
7 Votes
Sitting Targets
1981

3.7
6 Votes
A Black Box
1980

4.1
8 Votes
pH7
1979

3.9
8 Votes
The Future Now
1978

4.3
8 Votes
Over
1977

4.1
11 Votes
Nadir's Big Chance
1975

4
13 Votes
In Camera
1974

4.1
12 Votes
The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
1974

4
22 Votes
Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night
1973

3.8
3 Votes
Fool's Mate
1971

3.3
2 Votes
Live Albums
Typical
1999

Room Temperature: Live
1990

4.8
2 Votes

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