Aaron-Carl Ragland, known simply as "Aaron-Carl" to most, was a songwriter, remixer, producer, radio show host, record label founder and all-around character.
The news of Ragland's death was first posted on his friend and fellow Detroit musician Piranha Head's Facebook page
in a status update, saying simply:
Just lost one of his best friends, Aaron-Carl, and my arms are far too short to box with GOD. One of the best Human beings in the WORLD is gone. I have no words. Music is Silence.
Aaron-Carl himself posted this video
just five days ago on his blog discussing his diagnosis and upcoming surgery after canceling his upcoming European tour
reports that Aaron-Carl is believed to have died shortly after or during essential lymph node surgery; it appears that he died overnight after beginning his first chemotherapy session.Learn more about Aaron-Carl through Resident Advisor's page
or listen to his myriad releases via Discogs
or check out his 2009 compilation release, W.A.R.M.T.H. presents PRESERVATION: Past, Present & Future
, featuring such techno heavy hitters as DJ Bone, Los Hermanos, Scan 7, Orlando Voorn, and the Detroit People Mover. THE W.A.R.M.T.H. (We Are Revolutionizing the Movement of Techno and House) project spawned a weekly Internet radio show, Warmth313
Fans are able to leave messages for Aaron-Carl's family here on his Facebook
And for those who know nothing about the man, his work or his personality, I'll leave you with this video from his YouTube channel
, which he describes thusly:
"those who know me, KNOW that I have a phobia of TWO things... #1 = birds. #2 = BIG, UGLY TREES... I was traumatized. But I know some of you may get a kick out of this... See, I survived. I can laugh about it now. LOL!"
Aaron-Carl, you will be missed.