EM-News - Mark Shreeve RIP

Maff - Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:33 pm
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I'm genuinely gobsmacked. I was fortunate enough to see a couple of Redshift and Arc concerts and what Mark did with the sequencer was unique and irreplaceable.

As reported by Ian Boddy on FB:

I am deeply upset & terribly saddened to have to make this announcement but my long time friend & musical collaborator Mark Shreeve passed away yesterday. I've known him for 40 years and we have of course composed and released a lot of music together as well as playing on stage at many memorable concerts. And these memories are certainly precious to me and will be forever. Here are a few further words from Mark's brother Julian.
“As Mark’s sibling and long-term musical collaborator, I am devastated that he has left us so soon – not only losing my only brother but also a terrible loss of creativity, capability, and the enormous dedication he had to create quality EM: he was a giant in electronic music and an expert in digital, analogue, and modular synthesis, as well as in production and performance. From early days as very young men when we visited ‘music shops’ to try out synths we could not afford, to performing in many European EM festivals over 27 years, Mark’s passion inspired me to get involved with him and the scene, and to assist him in his earlier music career as well as be a creative contributor to Redshift’s sound and albums. I know he has inspired countless others and has developed a dedicated fanbase whom will also miss him terribly. I hope all of us will continue to value his wonderful legacy for the remainder of our days”.
Julian Shreeve.
Alvaro - Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:01 pm
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I can't believe it Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
BruecknerAmbient - Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:05 pm
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Crying or Very sad No! That's terrible news...

electrobs - Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:37 pm
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EM154 - Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:04 pm
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2022 is turning into a BAD year for EM!!!! Sad Sad
dronescape - Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:35 pm
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I am heartbroken.

Mark was one of the most important teachers in my musical career.

"Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight." (Brian Wilson) -- and strength to Julian and Sue and to all who loved him.

Daniel - Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:44 pm
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That is very sad news indeed.
thirdsystem - Thu Sep 01, 2022 8:37 pm
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Sad to hear this.

Javi - Thu Sep 01, 2022 9:06 pm
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Very sad news. RIP.
VCO1 - Thu Sep 01, 2022 9:58 pm
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The shock that I felt when I read the title of this post is hard to describe. What a terrible loss. Mark's music, both as a solo artist and as a member of Redshift and ARC was an important part of my life. A master of melodies and sequences.
transceive - Fri Sep 02, 2022 12:17 am
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Totally shocked at this awful news. Sad

KS & Vangelis may be the bigger names, but unlike them I still loved every album Mark has released right up to the present - what a truly high quality body of work he has left us with.

RIP Mark and thanks for giving us so much great EM
Polysix - Fri Sep 02, 2022 12:52 am
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I was shocked and stunned when I read the news of Mark's passing. It's such a shame he has gone so early and he was a decent guy too. I feel so lucky to have seen him in concert many times since the first time I saw him at the 1984 UK Electronica. He was a craftsman of building up complex dynamic sequences, totally awesome with the Moog. The way he played the sequences and opening the filters was breathtaking, so powerful. His solo library works are also superb. I was hoping to see him in concert again in the near future with Redshift or Arc, but alas this will no longer be. His music is still here and will be for a long time I think.

RIP Maestro Mark - Thank you for the music
Craig Shipley - Sun Sep 04, 2022 12:05 am
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No words, just sadness upon seeing this announcement.

Being in the USA, I never had an opportunity to see him live but have enjoyed every album I heard, starting with "Assassin" way back when. When he released "Thoughts of War" on CD, I missed the initial release and wrote to Mark to buy a copy, no response. Until about 6 months later a package arrived from the UK; it was a copy of "ToW", free of charge, autographed with a very apologetic note from Mark for missing my mail until then. A top-notch guy who will be sorely missed. RIP, Mark.

Maybe its time to honor Mark on the landing page of the site as we have had plenty of time to honor Vangelis?
dronescape - Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:17 am
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« transceive » wrote:
[...] KS & Vangelis may be the bigger names but unlike them I still loved every album Mark has released right up to the present [...]

Other than that, Mark was someone you could get in touch with on a personal level.

How many people have ever had a pint of lager with Klaus Schulze (or Vangelis, for that matter)?

Of course, the passing of KS and Vangelis is tragic but, emotionally, it doesn't affect me as strongly.

Jon - Thu Sep 08, 2022 11:23 pm
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Vert sad news. He was a great guy who even sent me DVD copies of two films he scored in the 80s, TURNAROUND and BUY & CELL.
drkappa - Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:30 am
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Just heard the shocking and sad news from the echoes.org website, a show where Arc
regularly featured. Church performed in Philadelphia is one of my favourite recordings
featuring Mark's masterity of the analogue synth.

It's another great loss for the analogue EM community. This surprising event has
had a far more profound effect on me than a certain other prominent death in the UK
today. 65 is too young in this day and age.

Glad that I was able to see him play live, having missed others who are no longer with us.
Craig Shipley - Sat Sep 10, 2022 2:36 am
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This might be too soon to ask, but does anyone know if there is going to be a tribute release done for Mark? Also, is there any unreleased Redshift/MS/ARC recordings that may eventually see the light of day?

The year is ~1989. I'm living in Maryland and my wife is going to the University of MD College Park. I need to go pick her up as her old Datsun 210 bit the big one. While I'm waiting for her, I went to the UM Record Exchange (an on-campus discount record store) to kill time until she gets out. I go digging thru the "Electronic" bins and happen across this album with a fiery skull on a black background, with the title "Assassin" by some UK bloke by the name of Mark Shreeve (who? Never heard of him). Flip it over and check out the titles and the gear list, ooooh, all synthesizers, titles sound sci-fi and he looks a bit ominous in his photo. Death synth? Horror music soundtrack? Whatever, I'm buying it as it was reasonably priced for an import and synth music was a bit hard to come by back then. Took it home, slapped it on the Sony turntable and OMFG! This is GREAT! Rocket-fueled synth music! Electronic music with balls! Not tinkly new age stuff! Immediately dubbed it to tape to listen to in the car (no affordable car CD players yet, at least for this guy). Been a fan ever since. Even my sons who rag on much of Dad's "test tone" musical tastes love much of Mark's music. RIP, dear Mark, and thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the wonderful music you blessed us with over the decades! You are sorely missed already.

NP: Mark Shreeve COLLIDE "Wardance"
dronescape - Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:17 am
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The funeral service will be held today at 12 o' clock, local London time.

Raise a glass to him, or two!


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