On Sunday, James Brody, a Santa Fe composer, teacher and friend died in a car accident in Minnesota. He was an active participant at the Santa Fe Complex where I had a chance to interact with him briefly, as we collaborated on a sonic tribute to Venice on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Venice Project Center. All I really did was to make available to James the Sounds of Venice recordings that a group of WPI students collected in Venice a few years back, which include over 100 characteristic sounds that are unique to Venice. James quickly created a medley of the sounds and then proceeded to produce a more sophisticated set, that he named Archipelago Venice.
In case we needed another memento mori, James premature departure from this earth ought to remind us of our impermanence and instigate us to be bold to the point of recklessness in our self-expression...
What are we so afraid of? What's holding us back?
Memento Audere Semper!
Thank you, James, for being insatiably creative... We will miss you!