Hans Reichel ‘Bonobo’


1. Gier I (02.15)
2. Peter Zweifel (02.38)
3. Lurch (03.23)
4. Toeni (01.30)
5. Moor (05.14)
6. Bonobo II (03.26)
7. Bonobo I (03.56)
8. Mariahilf (02.28)
9. Des Jägers Klage (02.49)
10. Nicht Sand, Sondern Popel Im Getriebe (01.27)
11. Gier II (07.52)

Total time
LP released on FMP 0280, Berlin, RDA, 1975
Recorded October 1975 in Berlin

German guitarist, instrument-builder and typographer born in 1949, Hans Reichel designs and builds his own guitars to allow unusual tunings and chords, like the double-neck electric guitar used on ‘Bonobo’ for instance, with its 2 necks pointing opposite (see pictures above). He’s also the inventor of the daxophone in 1986, a wooden instrument played with a bow. During the 1970s he appeared on 10 different LPs of the Berlin FMP label, half of which were solo guitar LPs. He lives in Wuppertal, the home town of several German free jazz musicians (Peter and Caspar Brotzmann, Peter Kowald). ‘Bonobo’ is a collection of solo guitar tracks similar to Fred Frith’s 1974 ‘Guitar Solos’ LP. Indeed, their respective styles have common points: quick arpeggios ; micro-tonality ; unusual chords ; an ability to create ghost-like effects without an effect pedal ; the extreme attention to sound itself. For Reichel, the guitar is a sound generator and the guitarist is tweaking the knobs of his instrument to raise unbelievable sounds. Each track on ‘Bonobo’ is focused on one chord and a few variations, generally played with the finger-picking technique. Sounds are sharp, dense with details, reverberation and bass, thanks to a specific pickup microphone setup acting like a magnifying glass on sounds. An exceptional LP.

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1973 Wichlinghauser Blues LP, FMP 0150
1974 Old Tune/Heimkehr der Holzböcke LP, FMP S 5
1975 Bonobo LP, FMP 0280

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14 Responses to “Hans Reichel ‘Bonobo’”

  1. 1 icastico March 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    It seems like I remember Glenn Branca using a similar two necked guitar… or more like an opposite two necked guitar…

    Thanks as always.

  2. 2 Lucky March 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    a true classic of the ‘otherworld’. thanks for the rip and the wonderful scans (and be prepared to receive the standard jost-gebers-comment he drops at every blog which has the impertinence to post one of the records he produced, be it in or out of print: FMP is not amused…).


  3. 3 perk March 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    reichel = genius

  4. 4 Marc March 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    First of all , congratulations on your blog.

    I might just be missing the point, but have you thought of posting this music in any sort of lossless format , such as .flac or .alac. , in order to stay as true to the original sound as possible ?



  5. 5 continuo March 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you all for your appreciation.
    Marc, a digital file can’t even approach the sound of an LP, no matter the amount of bytes. Additionally, for the sake of accessibility to all readers, I’m sticking to the 100Mb mark.

  6. 6 ken March 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I think this link has expired or been removed

  7. 8 continuo March 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    You win. I re-upped.

  8. 9 ken March 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks, and thanks for your always eye-opening and inspirational content.

  9. 10 continuo March 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    You’re welcome.

  10. 11 Song Yong July 9, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Any chance of the file re-uploaded?

  11. 12 continuo July 9, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Very unlikely.

  12. 13 Richard March 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks so much for this.
    Any danger of posting the Old Tune/Heimkehr der Holzböcke LP, please?

  13. 14 continuo March 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    No more Hans Reichel on this blog for the time being, sorry.

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