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Anandan, Ganesh / Hans Reichel: Self Made (Ambiances Jazz)

The acclaimed daxophonist Hans Reichel meets shruti stick and metallophone inventor Ganesh Anandan for these expressive and unconventional dialogs.
 

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Ganesh Anandan-shruti stick, metallophone

Hans Reichel-daxophone


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UPC: 771028119226

Label: Ambiances Jazz
Catalog ID: AM_192
Squidco Product Code: 12167

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded in March 2008 by Hans Reichel. "In the Stillness" solo by Ganesh Anandan recorded by Dino Giancola.

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"Two inventors of instruments meet and exchange in the atmosphere of Wuppertal, Germany. Hans Reichel, maker of the "daxophone" and Ganesh Anandan, maker of the "Shruti Stick" and the "metallophone". The "daxophone" is a friction instrument essentially bowed and used percussively among other ways. The "Shruti Stick" is a 12-string electric zither with its strings prepared in various ways. It is bowed, plucked and struck among other things. The "metallophone" is made up of metal bars which are tuned to various types of tunings. It is struck with different types of mallets."-Ambiances Magnetiques



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"Hans Reichel (May 10, 1949 - November 22, 2011) was a German improvisational guitarist, experimental luthier, inventor, and type designer.

Reichel was born in Hagen, Germany. He began to teach himself violin at age 7, playing in the school orchestra until age 15. Around age 15, he began to play guitar and became interested in rock music, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and later, Frank Zappa, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Reichel played in various groups before giving up music for a time while studying graphic design and working as a typesetter.

He came back to music in the early 1970s, when he recorded a tape of guitar music. This recording was sent to the jury of the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, where he was asked to appear in a special concert for newcomers. Discussions with Jost Gebers, the founder of Free Music Production (FMP), led to release of Reichel's music on the label, his first release being Wichlinghauser Blues in 1973.

The majority of Reichel's body of work consists of solo recordings, along with performances in smaller group settings. He recorded duets with a wide variety of musicians, including accordionist Rüdiger Carl, cellist Tom Cora, percussionist EROC, and a number of guitarists including Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Fred Frith. Reichel was also a member of the September Band (along with vocalist Shelley Hirsch, Rüdiger Carl, and drummer Paul Lovens), and also performed with larger ensembles led by the likes of saxophonist Thomas Borgmann and Butch Morris, an avante-garde conductor.

Due to the limited distribution of FMP, Reichel's music has never much been heard, especially in the United States. Smaller, independent labels such as Rastascan, Table of the Elements, and Intakt have issued some of his recordings in North America. Despite this limited exposure, Reichel was featured in Bart Hopkin's Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones, a book and CD released in 1996, devoted to experimental musical instruments. He was also named among the "30 Most Radical Guitarists" in a 1997 issue of Guitar Player magazine.

Hans Reichel died in Wuppertal, aged 62, in November 2011.

He should not be confused with the painter Hans Reichel (1892-1958), a friend of both Henry Miller and Alfred Perles.

Reichel constructed and built several variations of guitars and basses, most of them featuring multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and 3rd bridges. The resulting sounds exceeded the range of conventional tuning and added unusual effects, from odd overtones to metallic noises, to his play.A variety of daxophone tongues

His Daxophone is a single wooden blade fixed in a block containing a contact microphone, which is played mostly with a bow."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Reichel)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Bird Talk 3:21

2. Imaginary Opera 3:06

3. Drunkeness 4:13

4. Once Upon a Time... 4:43

5. Story Telling 4:07

6. Amphibian 1:53

7. Songbird 3:43

8. In the Stillness 9:51

9. Primate Marathon 3:24

10. Dream 1:23

11. Secret Dialog 4:34

12. Lullaby 4:20

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Ambiances Magnetiques

Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Percussion & Drums
Reichel, Hans
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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