Tracking The Odds: Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, Ned Rothenberg
90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
wavefarm.org 1620-AM | Simulcast mid-6 a.m. and Saturdays on WGXC 90.7-FM.
Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Berlin-based guitarist Hans Reichel (1949-2011) in an improvising trio with Fred Frith, guitar/bass and Ned Rothenberg, alto sax/bass clarinet, recorded at Roulette on 24 October 1987. All three legends across many genres, Reichel is distinguished for his radical approach to his instrument and many innovations including altering guitars and basses with multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and bridges. His Daxophone is a single wooden blade clamped to a surface often amplified with a contact microphone, and played by plucking or bowing (pictured here). Reichel was also an extraordinary graphic designer and typographer.
Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the third Thursday of each month at 1am and is archived at wavefarm.org.
Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.