The Ricochet Gatherings were a series of electronic music “mini-festivals” that were held in various locations in the U.S. and Europe over the past decade. The first three Gatherings were held in the Okeefenokee Swamp, and it was at the third one in 2002 that I met “Boombox” Dave. Dave was brave enough to venture across the Atlantic Ocean with his wife to meet up with other EM-heads to listen to some unique music in a very isolated location with other kindred spirits. He was always helping out with the setup and the “chores” and keeping us “connoisseurs” and the musicians entertained with his stories and humor.
The following year’s Gathering was in the Mojave Desert at Nipton, California (Fallout players will recognize the name), and Dave was again in attendance with that twinkle in his eye and a humorous quip on his tongue. During the trip, I was fool enough to break a bone in my foot, and had to spend the last couple of days in a cast and with crutches. While I don’t recall the exact details of the conversations, I do remember Dave sitting with me and telling me a heroic tail of his making a journey in a delivery truck in London to help keep my mind off the injury. He also offered to get me a stiff drink or two to help take the edge off when the meds started to wear off.
Nipton was my last RG attendance, but I would always hear updates of the following Gatherings, and how Dave played an important part in each of those. There were also the group emails from his wife, Marion detailing their move to Spain and all the projects Dave undertook in getting their new home fixed up.
Dave passed away this week – electronic music lost one of it’s biggest fans, and many of lost a good friend. Farewell, Boombox. Keep it playing loud up there, will ya?