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Title: Sad News
Post by: Tom Brenholts on October 17, 2009, 10:58:03 PM
This is Jim Brenholts's brother Tom; I have some sad news.

Our Jim (Rigel Orionis) passed away this evening. I saw that there was an earlier post about his health; thank you all for caring so much.

I don't have any details yet, the news is less than an hour old. It is hard now; everyone's cyber life is just as large and just as real as their personal life, and you were his friends, too, whether you met him or only "met" him. If you knew him, know that Jim was very passionate about you. Jim cared. Jim's wife Linda and I have no idea how large Jim's reach is on the internet. I'm hoping that this is a start in letting everyone know the sad news.

Music was a huge part of Jim's life, since we were little kids sharing the same room. His discovery of and subsequent immersion in the world of electronic and ambient music was truly part of who Jim was, and will forever be part of him as long as he is in our hearts and minds. This wasn't something he did; it is something he was.

Check the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website for obituary news; we are still in shock, and that is the best way to find out any details about services.

edited to add,

If there is anywhere else that people need to know, please share the news. It is unfamiliar ground, how to communicate with a loved one's online life.

Tom Brenholts
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: richardgurtler on October 18, 2009, 01:36:46 AM
Really terrible news for all of us on this forum. I didn't know Jim personally, but it was always my great pleasure to read his reviews on our beloved music. Thank you so much Jim for sharing your thoughts and passion with us, we will never forget you!!! My deepest condolences to the family and friends.

Richard Gurtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Campus Stellae on October 18, 2009, 01:49:22 AM
really sad news... I'm shocked... and out of words.
my condolences to Jim's family.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Seren on October 18, 2009, 02:43:10 AM
Very sad news, I've not known him long but we had some close communications about music and I feel very sad at the news. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Gurdonark on October 18, 2009, 02:57:41 AM
Jim showed himself over and over to be not only a fan of ambient music, but a real friend and promoter of artists who worked in ambient and other similar styles of music. He was a fixture on this message board.
He had an encyclopedic knowledge of ambient music. He loved to share his passion for the sounds. He showed many people, including me, great kindness. I am sorry that his family, and his many friends in the ambient world, lost Jim Brenholts Saturday night.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Chad Hoefler on October 18, 2009, 04:11:36 AM
I am deeply saddened by this news and can't overstate how much that I will miss Jim's presence.   :'(
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Hypnagogue on October 18, 2009, 04:25:09 AM
I wish I knew what to say. Although I only knew Jim through this community, I always looked forward to reading his posts. His intelligence and wit always shone brightly. We were blessed for the time he spent with us and for the art he made. One more star in the sky tonight.

peace & power
John Shanahan
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jeff pearce on October 18, 2009, 04:44:44 AM

Thank you for sharing this news on this forum, and my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother.

I don't think I need to write about who Jim was on this forum- his posts show someone who was passionate about this music, and completely over-the-top (in a good way)with his enthusiasm for it.  He loved his life, he loved music, he loved his family, and he especially loved being a grandfather.

As a musician, i tend to remember- and remember fondly- those people I've met who have encouraged me in my music.  I can think of VERY few people who have encouraged me in my music more than Jim; whether in person or through e-mail, his positive outlook and kind words were unstoppable.  I remember him being at concerts I played in PA, and although he probably didn't like everything I played in those evenings, he was always there after the show with a big hug, a pat on the back, and encouraging words about my music.

He will be missed, and he will be remembered.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Joe R on October 18, 2009, 04:59:45 AM
Oh I'm so sorry. I don't know what to say...   I'll pray for the family.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: mystified on October 18, 2009, 05:25:21 AM
RIP Jim, a friend I will miss.

(Jim was a big positive influence when I was developing my earlier ambient music).
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Altus on October 18, 2009, 05:58:40 AM
I hardly knew you.  But in the short time I have, I can definitely attest to what everyone's been saying about your love for music.
If there's something past this life as we know it, I hope the music of Earth only pales in comparison to what you're hearing now.

My condolences to his family and friends.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: APK on October 18, 2009, 06:44:49 AM
Jim was a fixture on the ambient scene and around this forum for many, many years.
He had a great love of the music and for the musicians who created it.
It's so hard to believe he will not be posting any more.
My deep condolences to his family.
RIP Jim ... you will be missed here.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jkn on October 18, 2009, 07:46:13 AM
To Tom and Jim's family - Jim will be truly missed by me and many others in this community.  I'm saddened to know that I won't find his posts here daily, but even more saddened to know that his family won't be seeing him.  He spoke so fondly of his family over the years, especially the young ones!

His passion for music and life will be missed.

John Koch-Northrup
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on October 18, 2009, 08:51:42 AM
I'm so sad to hear about the loss of Jim.  Ambient music never had a more outgoing and supportive fan.  I enjoyed my time with Jim on this forum and in person, and I'm incredibly sorry to hear he's passed.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 18, 2009, 09:16:50 AM
My God,

I am just sitting here in Shock, thought he was doing ok and was going to be back in the game of composing music.....
I offer my condelonces to his wife and family.....
I am the other half of Orion's Belt.....and hopefully soon, our last album that we were working on will be released very soon dedicated to him....
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: mgriffin on October 18, 2009, 09:42:42 AM
Tom, thanks for coming here to let us know.  This is very sad news, especially after the latest indications from Jim here on the forum were that he was recovering.  As others have said below, nobody else could match Jim's enthusiasm and energy, especially when it came to ambient music.  I remember meeting Jim, along with a handful of others from this Forum, when I came to Philadelphia to perform back in 2000.  He once told me it was a dream of his to one day release music of his own, and it's wonderful he had the chance to see his own music and his collaborations with others make it out there to the world.   My sincere condolences to Jim's family, and those friends who were closest to him. 
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Numina on October 18, 2009, 10:07:49 AM
I had known Jim now for about 9 years or so. I had the pleasure of speking with him a few times over the phone. Jim was not only an ambient music lover, reviewer, and composer but also a man whose professional life was to help others. It's obviously a personal loss for all of us here and his family but also a huge loss for those who needed Jim in his professional life as well. His spirit was far reaching and will certainly continue to be.

Not to mention, those of us who've been here awhile know just how much he loved his family and particularly his grandson.

R.I.P. Jim, I'm really going to miss you, and you will not be forgotten.


Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Scott M2 on October 18, 2009, 10:44:15 AM
OMG! Despite his recent heart attack(s) this still comes as such a shock.
Jim has been a pillar of the ambient community as long as I can remember,
with his reviews, his outspoken passions, his music and OMG his humour!

Jim - You will be missed.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: 1000snakes on October 18, 2009, 10:53:14 AM
I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Jim's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim nine years ago at Steve Roach's house after a show. He was a true supporter of the music and musicians and had offered me a few encouraging words about my music over the years. As Mike mentioned, it is wonderful that Jim was able to share his own music with the world and it is good to know that there is more to be heard in the not too distant future. My condolences to his family and friends. He loved you so.
Peace, Kirk
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: soma611 on October 18, 2009, 10:53:54 AM
Years back, I read a heart-wrenching nature piece and stuck it in my back pocket for circumstances just like this.   The conclusion of the story provided a shifted tide -- the author focused back on the footsteps and the young.  There's terrible loss, but solace in that which has been created.

Jimmy -- from now on, when I see the great hunter in the sky, and its brightest star -- I'll think of you, of what you loved, and what you gave us.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Alan Imberg on October 18, 2009, 11:07:30 AM
I've not posted here before but felt compelled to given this very sad news.

It goes without saying that Jim was as good a friend to the Ambient community as one could be. I've had several e-mail "conversations" with him over the years and not all were about music as his work in the recovery field provided additional common ground for us. I felt he was a kindred spirit and I'm very saddened to know he's gone. I do take comfort in the fact that he had strong faith which I'm sure gave him strength as he dealt with his health issues. I'm grateful to have crossed paths with him in this life.

My sincere condolences and prayers go to his family. Know that he touched a lot of people far beyond just the corner of the geographic world in which he occupied. His absence will be acutely felt far and wide.

Alan Imberg
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Stephen on October 18, 2009, 11:13:50 AM
i am deeply saddened by this.  i know jim had been struggling with some things over the last few years and i've feared this day for awhile, i just never imagined it would be so soon.  i feel very sad for jim's family.  he was just a family guy and loved his grandkids dearly.  jim had a wild personality.  he was the kind of guy who would punch you on the arm really hard one minute and give you a big hug the next.  he pulled no punches and told everything like it is regardless of how you might take it, as we all know over the years in the forum.  i think he still holds the record for most posts and prolly will for many years to come.

many of you just don't know HOW MUCH music jim has been making over the years.  since he started making music a few years ago, he had been banging out a new CD just about every week.  many of us around here are very passionate about music and making music but i think jim topped us all in his passion and drive.

it's just too weird cause i was just talking with him a few days ago and finalizing the artwork for his next Orion's Belt CD and BAM, he's gone.  i was just not prepared for this.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: lena on October 18, 2009, 11:21:05 AM
Jim, you will be greatly, greatly missed by many, and the Hypnos forum will never be the same without you. I loved your silly personality and had lots of fun teasing you and joking around with you here. I'll miss your movie reviews and all the stories about your grandchildren, whom you loved so much and who adored you, their "Pop Pop." You loved ambient music so much that you wanted to play it yourself, and went shopping binges buying all sorts of instruments and things- I loved reading about whatever interesting thing you'd picked out next! You did start playing, too, and you got better and better over time. I'm so sad I won't get to see where you would have gone with your growing skills and all those instruments. You were such a huge part of the ambient scene and such an amazing supporter of it, what are we ever going to do without you???

Love, Lena
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Bill Binkelman on October 18, 2009, 12:04:14 PM
This is an immeasurable loss to the ambient, new age, and electronic music scene. Jim's words flow through the internet like a stream, carrying along his love for the music, his enthusiasm in spreading the word, and his fierce devotion to the artists whose work excited him. On the Forum, he displayed his sense of humor many many times, and I will also miss his "instant" movie reviews (he seemed to always be reviewing the very newest releases and it was great to read his appraisals of films I was considering watching).

As others who mentioned, his contributions to the music community can't be overstated. As a fellow reviewer, I am doubly saddended to read of his passing.

To Jim's family and loved ones, I hope you can find some peace and serenity in the coming days. Please know that Jim was loved and cared about by many many people, here at the Hypnos forum and  elsewheres. His legacy will not soon be forgotten, if it ever will be.

Rest in Peace, Jim.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: terraamb on October 18, 2009, 12:46:31 PM
My deepest sympathies to you and Jim's family. The world will be lacking without him.

I have attached some thoughts i wrote about Jim in my blog:

I was deeply grieved to hear that a friend and supporter passed away. Jim Brenholts passed away this past evening. Unfortunately, I don’t have the specifics of his death, and his family is still reeling, but Jim had heart problems for many years leading up to his death.

Jim was, for all intensive purposes, the catalyst for my musical career. Back in 2000, i was introduced to Jim. He was already a fervent supporter of ambient/space music. When he heard my first musical endeavors (The Darker Space) he became completely engaged and immediately began helping me to network within the community. He introduced me to artist and engineer Robert Rich, who ultimately mastered the CD and helped me to get in touch with Tony Gerber at Spaceformusic.com, who published it. Throughout the years, Jim was there to support me, enourage me and give frank and objective council on my music and my business efforts. As Ben, Daniel and I started Lotuspike, as we produced and promoted live ambient music concerts, Jim was there to lend a hand however he could.

Jim was also an active reviewer. He was always one of the first to review my CDs, as well as the releases of Lotupike. And not just us, Jim was a a noted reviewer across the community. Everyone looked forward to reading his reviews and there is hardly an ambient artists’ site out there that does not have at least one of Jim’s reviews represented on it.

In later years, Jim became an explorer and creator of ambient soundscapes himself, recording under the moniker Rigel Orionis, Jim established himself as competent artist as well as passionate listener and reviewer.

If it hadn’t been for Jim, I don’t know that my musical path would have gelled the way that it has. That I would have met half of the people with whom I’ve collaborated and made friendships over the years. I regret that we lost contact over later years, as I relocated across the country and our lives went their their own directions. Jim was passionate. If you knew him, you we’re a friend to him. He was one of the most compassionate souls I’ve ever known. He loved everyone. Music seemed to be his catalyst for expressing his passions. For his family, his friends and his life’s pursuits.

I don’t know if it’s irony or the turning of the Universe, but one of the last (or possibly THE last) reviews that Jim wrote was for my latest CD, Wanderlust. He emailed it to me a day or so prior to his passing. This obviously has great emotional impact for me. That the man who essentially started my musical career should leave this testament to my work as one of his final comments. I have included the review below.

Jim will be sorely missed. Not just by me, but by a whole community. You have touched so many lives and made a profound impact on a genre of music. Your positive energy, while still part of the universe, will definately be missed on this earthly plane.

Buenos dios, Muchacho.


Terra Ambient - Wanderlust

Jeff Kowal creates deep ambient soundscapes under the nom de plume Terra Ambient. Wanderlust is his third release and it finds Jeff exploring new territories and horizons.

In his liner notes, Jeff discusses the evolution of the album as a journal for his transitions over a three-year period, including relocation from Pittsburgh to New Mexico. The music became somewhat of a catharsis. He described as “the music that I needed to make.”

Jeff combines drifting passages with overt and subtle rhythms. His atmospheric structures are vast, wide and expansive. They drift around the listening area, transforming it into a meditation chamber.

The disc opens with two pieces that are somewhat more active. They are excellent for hypnotic movement and active meditation. The percussion on the second track approaches and borders on techno but does not cross the line. The rhythms contrast and compliment the atmospheres.

Track three presents deeper atmospheric ambience with strong overtones and eclectic timbres. This is where Jeff absolutely excels. He combines organic textures, desert ambience and tribal timbres to deliver a unique sound that is truly his own.

While this is a musical journal of Jeff’s transitions, it is also a vehicle for private journeys. The flexibility and variety allow for many different experiences, each having its own, well, Wanderlust.

In a relatively short time, Jeff has established himself as one of the top electric ambient masters of the new millennium. He is a true artiste.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: michael sandler on October 18, 2009, 01:29:06 PM
Jim's passion for our music came through with every word he wrote. We will miss him, even those of us who never met him.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Tom Brenholts on October 18, 2009, 01:46:26 PM
Thank you, everyone. It appears Jim had a heart attack last night while typing on the computer. Dad called him and talked to him around 6PM, and I called him at 9PM, just to say hello and that I was thinking of him, but he didn't answer; he must have been gone by then. Linda came home later and found him slumped on the floor.

Without question, Jim was fortunate to experience the love of his grandchildren; they idolized him, and he loved them so, so dearly. They will miss him so much. He leaves a hole in all our lives, but especially in theirs. They were lucky as well, to have a grandfather who loved them so unconditionally.

When Jim and I were growing up, in the mid 60s and early 70s, we used to share and argue about music; I listened to Beatles and Stones, he listened to Yes and ELP. Our tastes criss-crossed somewhat; we both listened to King Crimson. When the punk and new wave scene hit, we both loved just about everything, but he was still supplementing his Clash and PIL records with Gentle Giant, and Fripp and Eno  and Music for Airports. We went to see Elvis Costello and Blondie and Patty Smith, but we also saw The League of Gentlemen (awesome show, encore was a 30 minute version of Steve Winwood's "Walking in the Wind" that started off as free form noodling, evolved into the theme, soared into the heavens, degenerated into shapelessness and petered out). In the late '80s Jim started listening to instrumental music exclusively; in addition to electronic and ambient music, he also loved classical music, symphonic music. As in everything he did, there was no halfway; he would have 5 different versions of the same symphony, preferring each at different times for different reasons. He really had a discerning ear, and a beautiful way of expressing it. We didn't always agree on what we liked, but I could read what he wrote and hear what he heard and understand.

We both grew up as Pittsburgh Pirates fans; fans as in, fanatics, and even when we were at odds with each other (as brothers often are), we found common ground in our Buccos. We went to hundreds of games together, and we made the Pirates' 100th anniversary yearbook. This is my favorite picture of us together, back in our hell-raising days, 1979. That's Jim, front and center, and me behind Willie's hand. We had us some times.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: SunDummy on October 18, 2009, 02:00:28 PM
Wow...  this is just so sad. 

I never met Jim, but had many email exchanges with him over the years.  We used to swap CD's - he was always so psyched about his music, and would often send me his latest stuff, usually prefaced by an email saying "Hey Forrest, did I send you (latest disk name here)?  No?!  I'll get it out today!" - sure enough, I'd get a package a few days later, crammed with disks.  He never asked for money or anything in return; he just loved to share his musical explorations, like a kid out in the woods - "Hey, look at that!  and THAT!  Wow!"

Rest in peace, Jim.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jblock on October 18, 2009, 02:33:07 PM
This is so sad. Jim was such an enthusiastic proponent and knowledgeable of the whole genre. It was great to communicate with him for so many years and then to see him move from just an enthusiast to a musician.

My heart goes out to his entire family. What a loss, but a gentle reminder as well of how fleeting this life is. Heaven won't know what hit it. RIP Jim.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: MarkM on October 18, 2009, 04:59:29 PM
I'm so sorry to read the news. It seemed he was on the mend from his last heart attack. Jim was a great proponent for ambient music, and he will be missed.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: James Johnson on October 18, 2009, 05:09:10 PM
My sincerest condolences to Jim's family...truly a tragic loss for his family and the ambient/new age community at large. I've met no other who has even come close to Jim's outspoken passion and support for ambient/new age music.

James Johnson
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 18, 2009, 06:18:19 PM
Ack. Although Jim and I tangled (more often than not) back in the NHB zone, it was perfectly clear he
was a passionate and fun guy and this is very sad news. OTOH he seemed to charge through right to the end and that's deserving of a smile!

Wish we'd met, Jim.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: saulstokes on October 18, 2009, 06:58:00 PM
My Sincerest condolences. I always looked forward to reading his post and on occasion had personal correspondence with him. Very sad day to learn this.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: ffcal on October 18, 2009, 07:22:31 PM
Thanks for your posts, Tom.

I'm very saddened and surprised to hear of this.  As you can tell from the responses so far, your brother was well-loved and respected by our tiny ambient community.  I remember first hearing from Jim when he was finishing up his ambient/electronic guide, Tracks Across the Universe.  His enthusiasm was infectious and I always felt encouraged by his kind feedback and sheer breadth of his knowledge of our genre.  I came into ambient music via progressive music, too, so I can certainly relate to Jim's love of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and other classics from the golden era of prog (I was an ELP and Yes fan, too, though I liked much of the late 70s-early 80s punk movement, too (anyone remember Husker Du?)).  Jim was never short of opinions, of course, but that's what I always admired about him.  I was also appreciative of his support when I had medical problems of my own recently.  My sincerest condolences to Jim's family.  You all have our support during this very difficult time.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: cromag on October 18, 2009, 07:41:46 PM
Thank you, Tom, for thinking of us in what must be a heart breaking time for you.  My condolences and best wishes for Jim's family and friends, especially the youngest.

Like many here I knew him only through his posts, but I feel I knew him well enough that I'll miss him.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: palancar on October 18, 2009, 07:59:46 PM
Very sad news indeed. I did not know Jim personally but I know his music and have seen the positive impact he has had on the ambient music community. Nearly everybody seems to know him or know of him. We'll be playing his music on StillStream a lot over the next several days, and sending positive thoughts to his family.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: judd stephens on October 18, 2009, 09:09:15 PM
The thing about Jim is that he never seemed to post big, long winded comments ever, yet I feel like I knew him better than just about any person on this forum.  Very genuine and compassionate guy. 
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: petekelly on October 19, 2009, 01:23:49 AM
RIP Jim Brenholts

His final post here aptly showed the boundless enthusiasm and positivity that he had, for the music
that he loved.

Sad news indeed.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Wayne Higgins on October 19, 2009, 08:13:32 AM
The biggest drag about people dying is that you can't talk to them on the phone anymore.  With Jim, I'll miss the comments.  Sad news, indeed.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: LNerell on October 19, 2009, 10:22:17 AM
Thank you Tom for filling us in on this sad day. My Sincerest condolences to you and Jim's family. I only spoke with Jim a couple times on the phone and had a few email conversations, most of my connection with him was through this website were we share a love of this music. Jim was very passionate, he was a pillar of this community and a great supporter to all of us in whatever we were doing. He will be greatly missed by many many people.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on October 19, 2009, 11:42:20 AM
Wow, this is shocking and sad, and has really caught most of us off guard I am sure.

I knew Jim for close to a decade and on a personal level I am just stunned by this news. Like many of us who followed his health struggles in recent years you always thought, "its ok its Jim, he will pull through again"...

What stands out the most for me was his wonderful blind enthusiasm he had for life! If Jim loved something...that was it he was all in. Anyone who talked or corresponded with Jim for any length of time could feel how much he loved his wife, his family (especially his grandchildren), ambient music, this community and all of the friends he made here.

He was a warm thoughtful fellow and he was an open book, he would eagerly talk about his life, his struggles, his convictions, his recovery, his health, his Faith and his  triumphs.

In our community, well he simply loved this music unconditionally, he enjoyed and encouraged the naive newcomer and championed them right alongside his favorite old masters with an almost evangelical zeal to anyone who would listen. As musicians, we were all his favorites, he was just that accepting.

Today we lost one of our genre's biggest cheerleaders and enthusiasts and I am deeply saddened. Our world just got a little darker, and heaven a little brighter.

Be at peace Brother!
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Tom Brenholts on October 19, 2009, 05:14:10 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm sitting here with our Dad, reading your tributes; we knew Jim was part of the community, but we had no idea how deeply he was ingrained. We are deeply moved.

Tomorrow, before we leave for the viewing, I am going to print out this topic and share it with Jim's family and friends. It is important to know how much he meant to his friends.

This is Jim's father. I didn't know him the same way you did. When we were younger, I managed him on the baseball teams. I taught him to drive. We went on vacations. I made him cut the grass. I was at both his weddings. He was my son. I will miss him.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Shane Morris on October 19, 2009, 07:42:49 PM
My sincere condolences to the family. Jim's positive spirit will be truly missed.

Like many others...Jim gave me some kind words of encouragement when I was getting started...which really meant a lot to me.
People like Jim are what make this ambient movement and he will always be remembered as one of the finest proponents for the power of ambient music.

Shane Morris
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: hdibrell on October 19, 2009, 09:07:08 PM

Today we lost one of our genre's biggest cheerleaders and enthusiasts and I am deeply saddened. Our world just got a little darker, and heaven a little brighter.

I've been reading these posts and trying to think of what I could say and have come up empty. I think Paul sums up my feelings very well. We will miss you , Jim.    Harry
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: drone on on October 19, 2009, 10:04:30 PM
I've been posting here regularly since about 2001 when I was "Orion32".  It will be sad and strange without Jim Brenholts on the Forum.  What amazed me most about Jim was his razor sharp wit, honesty, and positive support of this music and the musicians who make it.  He was always positive, I don't remember reading anything but positive words from him here, and that says a lot about someone's character.  My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's family and friends.

Chris Knowlton   
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: vidnaObmana on October 19, 2009, 10:52:54 PM
Just found out the sad news about Jim's passing.  I truly believe that Jim was one of the die-hards who kept on fighting for an ambient/electronic music community without boundaries.  His enthusiasm in his correspondence, writing reviews (he wrote plenty on my music) and his perseverance in sharing everything so passionate about our little subculture made him stand out.
He leaves us unexpected but we'll remember him forever...   
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: zzzone.net on October 20, 2009, 04:00:30 AM
I count myself as fortunate for knowing Jim through this forum and his music.

Via the latter, Jim & Rigel Orionis will live on.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: hjalmer on October 20, 2009, 06:22:28 AM
echo all that has been said
like tears in the rain

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: mgriffin on October 20, 2009, 04:22:49 PM
Though it doesn't include anything much that hasn't been covered here already, other than one photograph, I thought I'd mention that the Hypnos News page does include a mention of Jim's passing, under the posting date of 10-19-2009.  Here's the link:

http://www.hypnos.com/news.php (http://www.hypnos.com/news.php)

Here's the photo for those who already have read this topic and wonder what Jim looked like in 2000 (edit: actually 2002) after the Jeff Pearce and M. Griffin and D. Fulton concert in Philadelphia.  Here from left to right:  

Stephen Philips (Dark Duck Records), Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient), Dave Fulton, Mike Griffin (Hypnos), Jim Brenholts, Jeff Pearce


Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jeff pearce on October 20, 2009, 04:30:55 PM

I was rough seeing that pic again, but thanks for posting it.

A slight correction:  that photo was from October 2002- not 2000.  Check the gatherings website if you don't believe me... :)

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: mgriffin on October 20, 2009, 04:33:53 PM
You're right, Jeff -- both Bleed and Imprint, which were officially released at that show, came out in 2002.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: 1000snakes on October 20, 2009, 04:35:24 PM
Thanks Mike!
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Chad Hoefler on October 20, 2009, 05:51:44 PM
Yes, thanks Mike!
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Stephen on October 21, 2009, 02:45:43 PM
oh yeah, i remember that show.  the one where Dave Fulton was rocking and Mike was posting to the hypnos forum during the show  ;D  good times.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: drkappa on October 22, 2009, 03:43:44 PM
It was a shock to read in the Groove E-news of the end of a star.
Rigel Orionis, a brilliant supergiant in the ambient-music skies,
illuminated our musical cosmos with his diverse knowledge from across
the universe.

Sadly he will no longer be in our firmament, but his legacy remains,
not least his passionate and humorous contributions to this forum.
I will miss those.

Is there any chance of a dedication compilation album by artists
whom Jim helped?
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: SunDummy on October 23, 2009, 04:09:07 PM
Is there any chance of a dedication compilation album by artists
whom Jim helped?

Cool idea.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Scott M2 on October 23, 2009, 04:21:15 PM
Is there any chance of a dedication compilation album by artists
whom Jim helped?

That would probably be hundreds! I was listening to some of "Tracks Across The Universe"
today while doing some paperwork and there's dozens of artists on there alone.
That said - dreamSTATE would be honoured to contribute to such a tribute to Jim.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 23, 2009, 10:54:13 PM
Any musicians that would like to contribute a song to Jim, please let me know and I will be happy to post the songs both on mine(Imagineer Records) and his web site, Rigel Orionis...

email me at contact@imagineerrecords.com

I am currently working on a dedication page for Jim...

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Major Minor on October 23, 2009, 11:41:30 PM
Haven't been around here in ages, but re-signed on to say that I was deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing.
Part of the shock is that it just seemed like he would always be around.
I only recently bumped into him again on facebook
and was really glad to see him around again.

Tom, I am so sorry for your loss... you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace, Jim.

Paul Ellis
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: deepspace on October 24, 2009, 03:17:50 AM
This very sad news has put me into quite an existential state.

Great to see so many people paying respects to a great musician. 

Farewell Jim. 
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Alan Imberg on October 24, 2009, 08:08:57 AM
They say that the quality of a life can be determined by the people touched and saddened when that life has moved on. Judging by this thread, Facebook, and the other internet avenues, Jim touched a lot of folks and not just in the Ambient circle. I'd say he blessed many people during his time which I would think qualifies his life as one well lived.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 24, 2009, 10:46:25 AM
I have made a dedication blog page for Jim at:


Enjoy people...there's plenty more to come..
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: ambient789 on October 24, 2009, 06:54:45 PM
As previously mentioned, I regret his passing.  :(
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 24, 2009, 07:46:50 PM
if anyone has any pictures or music they would like to add to the dedication blog, please email me at: contact@imagineerrecords.com and I will be happy to post them up...thanks
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Elvenraad on October 24, 2009, 11:54:17 PM
I just read the sad news about Jim. I did not know him personally. I will miss him and his contributions on this forum. My condolences to his family and his closest friends.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jim02 on October 25, 2009, 01:33:44 AM
sad to see, people like Jim suddenly fall away from our scene..
he was one of the figures who thoroughly supported the electronic music scene, always with great enthusiasm and a healthy dose of sense of humor.
i'm sure he will be missed by many.
rest in peace dear Jim.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: darkenedsoul on October 25, 2009, 05:05:59 PM
...what can I say but DAMMIT JIM I'm a doctor! Ok, pun done ;-)  I am sad to see that he's gone. Life sucks and then you die as they say but Jim was a beacon here and I'm sure elsewhere. I only knew him here and through our respective projects but he was a kind and caring person. May we all reunite on the other side for one helluva ambient show! Rest in peace buddy!

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Scott M2 on October 30, 2009, 05:20:50 AM
I have made a dedication blog page for Jim at:


Enjoy people...there's plenty more to come..

Tom's eulogy is very beautiful.
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jkn on October 30, 2009, 05:45:25 AM
The fact the front page of http://rigelorionis.com/ still says:

Rigel Orionis - Meditate Your Ass Off

Makes me very happy.

Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 30, 2009, 08:17:14 AM
I probably will never change his web site to kind of make it overall dedication web site for him...
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: jkn on October 30, 2009, 08:54:14 AM
I probably will never change his web site to kind of make it overall dedication web site for him...

A more obvious link to the blog would be helpful though... 
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: einstein36 on October 30, 2009, 09:37:55 AM
thanks..been thinking about that...will fix that this weekend..

I probably will never change his web site to kind of make it overall dedication web site for him...

A more obvious link to the blog would be helpful though... 
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: Scott M2 on December 05, 2009, 11:55:07 AM
I noticed there was a very lovely posting from Jim's wife Linda on the blog:
Title: Re: Sad News
Post by: hdibrell on December 05, 2009, 10:40:55 PM
I really like her description of his studio. Sounds like mine. I always see these pictures of everyone's beautiful, organized studios and feel bad. Mine is cluttered , with stuff stacked everywhere. A real mess. That's why I never post pictures in the studio threads. I'm glad to see that Jim worked somewhat like I do :) .   Harry