Graham Dowdall AKA Gagarin RIP

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Graham Dowdall AKA Gagarin RIPWe had been sorry to listen to of the passing of GRAHAM DOWDALL
aka GAGARIN. He was a buddy of LTW and plenty of others on the scene. We had been hoping to see him this weekend on the displaying of a Nico movie he had accomplished the sound observe for. The next phrases are from music author David Stubbs who was a detailed buddy.


01.08.54 – 16.06.24

It’s a blessing that Graham Dowdall was sufficiently lengthy lived to have skilled at first hand, in actual time, the primary, noisy stirrings of the layered, diffuse musical tradition that envelops us as we speak – from Telstar and The Beatles as a baby, to Pink Floyd, Delia Derbyshire’s White Noise mission, dub, rave. He absorbed all of it and ultimately turned a participant. In his 69 years he lived so many lives – not simply as a musician, however as a grasp gardener, sponsor of his beloved Arbroath FC, political radical, lawyer and instructor of SEN kids. Graham was essentially the most beloved of males.

He was the drummer with Ludus – he recollects a really younger Morrissey, a well mannered, nervously shy adolescent, making him tea. He went on to work with Nico, one way or the other driving the uneven waters that entailed through the years, drawing on his infinite reserves of persistence in addition to his musical prowess. I noticed him many occasions with Roshi Nasehi (Roshi with Pars Radio) including discreet digital dimensions to her Welsh/Iranian/folks/avant pop stylings which deserved, and proceed to deserve, a a lot wider viewers. I additionally noticed him quite a few occasions enjoying electronics with Pere Ubu, an important position in one of many world’s very best rock bands, carrying on a convention of summary intervention that started with founding Ubu member Allen Ravenstine.

Lastly, he was Gagarin, whose retro-futurism was encapsulated in that moniker – mapping out a singular path amid the busy skies of ambient electronica, attaining a deep, wealthy, layered, raging sense of peace, a hankering for what was as soon as promised, what may and must be, the end result of a lifetime’s expertise and absorption. His most up-to-date album, ‘Komorebi’, was his greatest.

Good, exemplary, Graham has left us however I actually hope that one way or the other his journey isn’t accomplished.

David Stubbs


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