Hans Reichel (1949 – 2011)

November 29th, 2011 |  Published in Blog

In a passing moment on our forum a couple of days ago, one of the BtB janitorial/editorial team both introduced me to Hans Reichel’s music and told me that he’d died. As soon as I heard the below piece, Could Be Nice Too, I was compelled to order the CD reissue of The Death of the Rare Bird Ymir (1979) and Bonobo Beach (1981). I’m trying to save money at the moment – times are getting hard – but the track stole my willpower, rendered me incapable of not seeking it out. A rare thing.

Wikipedia tells me Hans Reichel passed away 22nd November 2011. I have nothing to say. I missed his music while he was alive. The only things I know about him are what I’ve taught myself from his website in the last few days. He made beautiful sounding, beautiful looking instruments, and it’s clear from his playing that he also learned how not to impose himself upon them, instead allowing them to teach him how best to play them.

Music rewrites history. Reichel’s music is already burrowing its way into my memory, applying liberal retconn across my understanding of the rest of my collection, revealing its influence in music I’ve been hearing for years and allowing me to hear it in both a new light and its proper context.

There’s that lesson again. See all the musicians you love, while you can. Spread the word. Nothing’s here forever.

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November 29th, 2011 | by | Published in Blog