Jeremy Ward (sound technician)

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Jeremy Michael Ward
Born (1976-05-05)May 5, 1976
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Died May 25, 2003(2003-05-25) (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Experimental music, dub, noise, reggae, salsa, ambient
Occupation(s) Sound technician
Vocal operator
Guitarist
Instruments Various Effects Equipment,
Guitar,
Vocals
Years active 1993–2003
Associated acts The Mars Volta
De Facto
Omar Rodríguez-López

Jeremy Michael Ward (May 5, 1976 – May 25, 2003) was the sound technician and vocal operator for The Mars Volta and for the dub outfit De Facto. He created many of the soundscapes heard on The Mars Volta's album De-Loused in the Comatorium. Ward, aside from his role in The Mars Volta and De Facto, played guitar, and was a visual artist working mostly in pen and ink.

Death

Ward was found dead in his Los Angeles home by his roommate on the evening of Sunday, May 25, 2003 of an apparent heroin overdose.[1] He was 27 years old at the time, and his death came less than a month before the release of De-Loused in the Comatorium. A journal Ward found while working in the repossession business in Los Angeles served as a source of inspiration for The Mars Volta's album Frances the Mute. Ward also came up with the name for Amputechture, The Mars Volta's third album. He was the cousin of At the Drive-In and Sparta member Jim Ward, and brother of El Paso punk rock bassist Jered Ward.

Ward's death was the impetus for The Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López to quit using heroin.[2]

Discography

With At the Drive-In

With De Facto

With The Mars Volta

With Omar Rodríguez-López

Equipment

With De Facto

  • Yamaha QY100
  • Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer
  • Digitech Multi chorus
  • Guyatone MD-3 Digital delay
  • Ibanez DE-7 delay/Echo
  • Boss DD-6 delay
  • Boss HR-2 Harmonist
  • Maxon Rotary phaser
  • Korg KP2 Kaoss pad
  • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power

See also

References

  1. ^ "Mars Volta Keyboardist Found Dead". Billboard.com. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "The Mars Volta: Spaced Out". Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved 2007-07-06.


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