Cuneiform has collaborated with two members of the Bone trio – guitarist Nick Didkovsky and drummer John Roulat – to release a benefit album to help the family of Bone's third member: bassist Hugh Hopper, who died of leukemia in 2009. Hugh was known to many as the legendary bassist for Soft Machine. The album is called 'The Gift of Purpose,' and features a live concert that Bone performed at Baltimore's Orion Sound Studios on Feb. 16, 2008, during Hopper's last tour of the States, in addition to a bonus track by Didkovsky, Roulat, Colin Marston (Behold....the Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice) and Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine, etc).
The manufacturing costs for 'The Gift of Purpose' were donated by Didkovsky, Roulat, and Cuneiform's Steve Feigenbaum; Bill Ellsworth donated his graphic layout services.
'The Gift of Purpose' was released as a limited edition, and 100% of all proceeds from its sale (after Bandcamp/Paypal fees) will go directly to Hugh's widow, Christine Hopper.
Hugh remains alive in the hearts of all who have known him. And his performances are captured for eternity on recordings worldwide. We encourage our friends in press and radio to keep his musical legacy alive so that new generations will discover his splendid tunes, his inventive electronics, and his unique, irreplaceable and forever memorable sound on the bass.
Physical copies of this benefit album are available, here:
released September 1, 2010