Kevin Parks, Remembered

Kevin Parks (aka: “Liquid Silver,” “Wyatt,” or “Ambient Synthesis”): June 8, 1949 – April 28, 2010. It’s hard for me to find the right words, but I lost a great internet friend recently, and I wanted to pay homage to his memory. He was talented, kind-hearted and was always there to lend a musical hand. He will be missed.

Kevin Parks (aka: “Liquid Silver,” “Wyatt,” or “Ambient Synthesis”)

June 8, 1949 – April 28, 2010

I am writing for Kevin to let you know his trip to Mexico was unsuccessful.  He died April 28, 2010.  Your friendship and sharing with him added so much to his life these past two years.  He enjoyed his friends in music to such a degree that he hardly had time to notice how ill he was.  Thank you, thank you.
– Louise Parks

Kevin Parks
Kevin Parks (1949-2010)

That was the email that hit my inbox last week and though I never met Kevin, we had some wonderful online conversations, discussions about music, discussions about Reason. He sent me a song whenever he could; usually more than I had the time to really get into and play with. And we shared in some wonderful one-on-one collaborations. I kept telling myself if only there were more time and if only I was less busy. But in the end honestly we make our choices in how we spend our time, and I regret not having more time to devote to our friendship and nurturing our collaborations. You see, we never finished anything together. We had a lot of back and forth musically, and we lended each other a lot of ideas over the past 2 years, but everything we did was unfinished. Such is the way life can be.

We first met due to a mutual interest in Photoshop and graphic design. From there it was a short leap to find our mutual interest in music. He was mainly using Adobe Audition for his audio, and I helped teach him some of the fundamentals of using Reason and midi. He taught me some of the finer points of audio processing. He was also the first to contribute an article to my blog all about panning and getting your mix right. A good read which I highly recommend:

I am very fortunate we had the friendship we did. Without him, you wouldn’t be reading this blog at all. This site would never have existed. It was in part his prodding and the fact that he was my first beta tester for a lot of my combinators. Without him, I probably never would have started this at all. So I owe him a great debt of gratitude. He was such a good musical friend. And when I got too deep into making combinators or designing sounds, he was always there to help out and he would always tell me to never forget about actually making music. That’s the kind of guy I knew him to be. Practical, honest, and always trying to improve himself through his music.

Letting the Work speak for the Man

It’s hard for me to find the right words. Usually most people will say the usual: he was kind. He was a great guy. He was always there when you needed help. With Kevin that was all true. Any question I would ask, he would always be there to respond. Anytime you needed help he was the guy you wanted helping you. In truth I can’t say enough good things about him.

It’s with great sorrow that I have to inform everyone of his passing. I hate letting go of the good people in life; the selfless souls that are kind to the core. I can only hope that he’s up there teaching a few angels how to play some really great music on his Fender Strat!

The following is an unfinished piece which Kevin sent to me. I’d like to share it with everyone as it is. It is 100% Kevin’s, and completely unaltered. It was the last piece of music he sent me. At the time, he was trying his hand at something atmospheric and ambient. I think this work is simple understated brilliance:

Symbionic: [ti_audio media=”486″]

And this is a piece he put together last July which shows a glimpse of his guitar work:

Blue July: [ti_audio media=”487″]

This is a video he put together for one of my songs. As I said, he was a great guy and was always there when you needed a helping hand. Since we both had a love for Photography and Photoshop, he wanted to try his hand putting together a video for me. I was so grateful when he did:

Here are a few links to some of Kevin’s work and online locations, if you are interested and would like to learn more about him:

And here is a quote from Kevin which can be found on :

Music means more to me now than ever before. I started music lessons in 1957 …first performed at the Worlds Fair, NYC, 1960. Did get tired of playing Debussy on clarinet, though. Then I discovered guitar!

Guitar was my constant companion through the 60’s and 70’s …playing in numerous acoustic groups, played a lot of parties, lots of late night jam sessions, and sidewalk-guitar. In the 80’s I played regularly for my church and taught guitar and songwriting.

I once had the privilege of knowing Broadway Musical Director, Stanley Lebowski, who many years ago said that he thought I had a germ of talent. I wish he were still around to see what I did with it.

Currently, I spend enormous amounts of time in my studio, searching out elusive sounds on guitars, harmonicas, keyboard, and congas. Retirement just doesn’t get better than this.

Rest in peace my friend. We’ll all miss you greatly.

4 thoughts on “Kevin Parks, Remembered”

  1. Very sad… sorry to hear about this Rob. I recognize his name, I’m sure he came up in conversations here and there between us, I’ll have to go back and search for his name in my email files – did he go by an online name at all? Cancer is terrible – I hope someday we find a cure, but I feel that it lies somewhere in the realm of non-gasoline engines, where billions would be lost to large corporations so we struggle through time with no solutions.

    1. Ed,
      Thanks for your condolences. He went by a few different names: Liquid Silver, Wyatt, Ambient Synthesis. He was one of the good ones. I, too, hope we can find a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, I think it’s more like the common cold; One of those impossible things to cure because it just keeps changing and kicking our asses. Still, it doesn’t mean we should stop fighting it. Just my opinion.

  2. Sorry to hear about your friend passing Rob. I lost my own mother to cancer a few years ago – such a horrible disease. I concur with Ed about the cure being in the realm of non-gasoline engines. Anyhow, thanks for sharing “Symbionic” – I dig it. Not sure what your religious persuasion is, but this is one of my favorite verses on death:

    “But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest.” – Book of Wisdom, Chapter 4, verse 7.

  3. Lewis,
    Thanks for your words. Symbionic is one of my favorite tracks that Kevin ever did. As far as I know, it was one of his last ones (if not his last). I’m also sorry to hear about your mom. My condolences. I lost my Dad last year to a long illness as well. And I agree he’s at peace now, just as Kevin is. I was brought up Catholic, but tend to take a rather hollistic approach to religion and spirituality. I think my favorite verse is one that was given to me by a priest about 12 years ago during another loss in my life. It went like this:

    “We are ultimately measured by the love we leave behind when we are gone.”

    Somehow that line always gives me a lot of hope during these times.


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