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RIP Gareth Williams (This Heat)

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  • Perfect Sound Forever
    From another list. Michael Karoli, Florian Fricke and now this... Jason ... -- Perfect Sound Forever online music magazine perfect-sound@furious.com
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 3, 2002
      From another list. Michael Karoli, Florian Fricke and now this...

      Jason

      > Gareth
      > Williams, 1/3rd of This Heat has passed away. If you are not already a
      > fan, I cannot recommend the music of This Heat enough. I am partial to
      > the second album, Deceit, and the Health and Efficiency e.p., although
      > I think all their music is wonderful(especially some final demos which
      > I received on a bootleg CD-r, if anyone knows anything about their
      > source or why they were not released, I'd love to know). I received
      > this obituary from another list.
      >
      > Gareth Williams, best known to music fans as one third
      > of This Heat, died the morning of 24 December 2001.
      >
      > He leaves an undeniable imprint and contribution, both to the rich
      > recorded legacy of the band albums - This Heat; Deceit; Made Available
      > -The John Peel Sessions; Repeat; and the single Health and Efficiency -
      > and, though a reluctant but compulsive performer, to the group's
      > fearless, powerful live performances between 1976-81.
      >
      > As bassist and keyboard player in the band, he contributed an often
      > sited 'wild card' aspect, also through the use of tape as a lead
      > instrument, and the fact that he was never formally schooled as a
      > musician, choosing to adopt an intuitive and abstract approach to his
      > instruments, stated in one early review as having a 'Jackson Pollack
      > approach to playing the organ.
      >
      > After leaving the group, he studied kathakali dance in south India
      > and later completed a degree in Indian religious studies and music at
      > SOAS. He also wrote a large slice of the south Indian contribution of
      > The Rough Guide to India and worked as a travel guide there.
      >
      > Whilst always passionately creating music domestically, including the
      > 1985 limited edition cassette - Flaming Tunes - he was yet to decide on
      > on a wider mode of output. He maintained a lifelong ambivalence to the
      > industry side of being a musician, thus generally only close associates
      > were aware of his activities - including collaborations with many other
      > musicians, d.j. appearances, writing, promoting other performers,
      > working on photographs and visuals.
      >
      > Gareth was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2001, after a short
      > period of increasing illness, and quickly started making plans of
      > things he wished to achieve. Despite having to spend long periods in
      > hospital and undergoing serious treatment, he maintained an
      > inspirational postitive attitude and continued to play music, with an
      > eye on what could be done in the time he had left.
      >
      > He will be sorely missed by a large group of friends and collaborators,
      > who knew him as a prolifically creative personality, staunch
      > individualist, someone capable of the blackest of black humour, and
      > extremely generous of spirit.
      >
      > Gareth John Williams 1953 - 2001
      >




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    • philT
      Well, this is just more sad news to end off a sad year. His organ playing for This Heat was always intuitive and perfectly suited to the mood of whatever song
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 3, 2002
        Well, this is just more sad news to end off a sad year. His organ playing
        for This Heat was always intuitive and perfectly suited to the mood of
        whatever song was being played.

        philT

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Perfect Sound Forever" <perfect-sound@...>
        To: <thewire@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 12:51 AM
        Subject: [thewire] RIP Gareth Williams (This Heat)


        > From another list. Michael Karoli, Florian Fricke and now this...
        >
        > Jason
        >
        > > Gareth
        > > Williams, 1/3rd of This Heat has passed away. If you are not already a
        > > fan, I cannot recommend the music of This Heat enough. I am partial to
        > > the second album, Deceit, and the Health and Efficiency e.p., although
        > > I think all their music is wonderful(especially some final demos which
        > > I received on a bootleg CD-r, if anyone knows anything about their
        > > source or why they were not released, I'd love to know). I received
        > > this obituary from another list.
        > >
        > > Gareth Williams, best known to music fans as one third
        > > of This Heat, died the morning of 24 December 2001.
        > >
        > > He leaves an undeniable imprint and contribution, both to the rich
        > > recorded legacy of the band albums - This Heat; Deceit; Made Available
        > > -The John Peel Sessions; Repeat; and the single Health and Efficiency -
        > > and, though a reluctant but compulsive performer, to the group's
        > > fearless, powerful live performances between 1976-81.
        > >
        > > As bassist and keyboard player in the band, he contributed an often
        > > sited 'wild card' aspect, also through the use of tape as a lead
        > > instrument, and the fact that he was never formally schooled as a
        > > musician, choosing to adopt an intuitive and abstract approach to his
        > > instruments, stated in one early review as having a 'Jackson Pollack
        > > approach to playing the organ.
        > >
        > > After leaving the group, he studied kathakali dance in south India
        > > and later completed a degree in Indian religious studies and music at
        > > SOAS. He also wrote a large slice of the south Indian contribution of
        > > The Rough Guide to India and worked as a travel guide there.
        > >
        > > Whilst always passionately creating music domestically, including the
        > > 1985 limited edition cassette - Flaming Tunes - he was yet to decide on
        > > on a wider mode of output. He maintained a lifelong ambivalence to the
        > > industry side of being a musician, thus generally only close associates
        > > were aware of his activities - including collaborations with many other
        > > musicians, d.j. appearances, writing, promoting other performers,
        > > working on photographs and visuals.
        > >
        > > Gareth was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2001, after a short
        > > period of increasing illness, and quickly started making plans of
        > > things he wished to achieve. Despite having to spend long periods in
        > > hospital and undergoing serious treatment, he maintained an
        > > inspirational postitive attitude and continued to play music, with an
        > > eye on what could be done in the time he had left.
        > >
        > > He will be sorely missed by a large group of friends and collaborators,
        > > who knew him as a prolifically creative personality, staunch
        > > individualist, someone capable of the blackest of black humour, and
        > > extremely generous of spirit.
        > >
        > > Gareth John Williams 1953 - 2001
        > >
        >
        >
        >
        >
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