In days gone by online collaborations were bountiful here and I have been steadily revisiting much of the work I was involved in here between 2003 and 2010, remixing and remastering. Unfortunately I also have discovered that i am missing quite a few backups... some of my favourite tracks from that time included. :(
Anyway, I wanted to share this particular 13-minute tribute to a fallen comrade, Tammo Trueper who was an active and valued member of a much earlier incarnation of this forum. 20-odd forum members were involved in this project at the time... around 8 years ago,
Beyond The Rocks And Fog
It's a big listen! But so many artists wanted to jump onboard in honour of Tammo (credits on the Bandcamp page) - it ended up being a 125-track Cubase project for me! :o
Here's a bit of background
I never met or encountered Tammo Trouper, but he touched me.
We shared many of the same interests, not least music and physics (he was a professional in the latter field, I in the former). I have often wondered at the discussions we might have had, had he not been taken from us so cruelly.
Most of what I know of him, I know from friends, many of whom were very close to him. I do know that he had an exceptional mind and was an exceptional musical talent. I regret not only his loss, but the discourse we missed on the nature of space, time and the fundamental ingredients of existence.
A superb guitarist, with highly original ideas, his music reflected his physics, something I have always tried and failed to encapsulate.
I had very little to do with this project, only adding some vocals as an afterthought, yet it was still a very great honour to be asked to contribute. You're still greatly missed, even by those who never knew you.
Sorry for the effusive, possibly hyperbolic language, but I know only too well that I, like the football fan who's missed the best match in the history of the beautiful game, missed engaging with a true kindred spirit. And such a spirit.
Tammo died of cancer in May 2006.
Footsteps in the Snow is an album compiled by his good friends, many of whom contributed to the track listed here. It's one of those albums that leaves you wondering what might have been achieved had Tammo not a) chosen physics as a profession and b) been taken from us far too soon.
It is a testament to the man that so many gathered to make his last musics an album. The credit goes to the fabulous community at Cubase.net, the former forum for Steinberg, many of whose members (not including myself, for all kinds of reasons) can still be found there....
...Check out the album and other projects at the link above.
As for Ian, who has always written far more songs than is good for anyone, you can find his work at bandcamp, among other places. Follow the link to the listed song. It's a cracking bit of work, involving many of my friends. My own involvement is so incidental that I suggested that I not be listed, but you know what people are like.
Thanks for sharing Ian, and giving me the opportunity to give voice to some deeply-held feelings.
Vale Tammo. Your music lives beyond you.