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Hans Otte, will be missed…


I was surprised to hear about Hans Otte’s passing over on the Different Waters blog. Sad times.

Definitely one of my favorite minimalist pianists of all time. His work was right up there with the likes of Harold Budd, Lubomyr Melnyk, LaMonte Young. Simultaneously evocative of wind-blown sun-filled fields of wheat as underwater worlds yet unexplored, the man could paint a sonic picture.

Set aside a few moments of silence and turn this track from Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds) up when you have the chance.


Sometimes for fun I’ll play 3 or 4 instances of this song (with different starting times) simultaneously. The biggest little world you ever peeked into…