Prelude and disclaimer: I posted this final week in r/horriblydepressing the place it was nicely recieved and I believe that this story might ring a bell with folks right here who’re combating false notions that they themselves don't matter. I'm unsure if this belongs right here and can promptly delete if not allowed as it’s not my intention to trigger any form of stir. This isn’t my try at activism and actually, I’ve all the time hated advantage signaling with a burning ardour, partially why I’m sharing this by way of an alt account that has zero ties to my major social media.
That is one thing that I wish to get off my chest and share to as many individuals who might profit from it.
With out additional ado, that is the story of my finest good friend from Craigslist
November 2011. I’m 16 years previous and had simply been despatched to another faculty for a slew of psychological/behavioral points stemming from undiagnosed autism spectrum dysfunction and PTSD. I had been enjoying music for the higher a part of 5 years at that time however had simply been kicked out of each bands I used to be concerned in for primarily the identical causes I used to be expelled for. Being ever so resourceful, I went on Craigslist with the library's pc and searched “grindcore” throughout the musicians classifieds in hopes of becoming a member of a grindcore band as a result of that’s what you do if you find yourself nothing. Precisely one advert pops up. It particulars somebody additionally 16 years previous who’s searching for members for a drum machine grind mission referred to as James Doesn’t Exist. I didn’t realize it on the time, however responding to that advert would drastically change my life in ways in which nonetheless have an effect on me to this present day 7 years later.
What ensued was just a few exhibits performed, numerous laughs and a novel friendship I’ll always remember
Remi was a extremely distinctive particular person. She had an IQ of 132 and was extremely articulate, but was extraordinarily vulnerable to emotional misery as a consequence of additionally being on the spectrum. I believe because of this we have been so shut regardless of being primarily opposites. She was principally calm and reserved in public, the place as I used to be rambunctious and persistently having run ins with the police as a consequence of persistent alcohol abuse and violence. She was a trans lady who had an incredible assist system and vibrant plans to go to school whereas I had primarily nothing. Happily for me and sadly for her, each of our conditions on this regard took full 180s within the upcoming years, however I'm getting forward of myself.
Her means of songwriting was inventive, spontaneous and quasi childlike fairly than methodical and formulaic, whereas on the identical time retaining a really sturdy sense of musicality and never falling right into a masturbatory shred fest as so many different artists of the experimental grind/metallic style do. Her music was arguably higher than that of the artists she was impressed by. Her capability to jot down, file and produce a completely combined and mastered album within the span of an hour was astonishing because it was distinctive.
We’d usually spend hours at a time in her basement/studio/leisure room at her home in Highland Park, Illinois engaged on music spanning genres from tender rock to deathmetal to rap and every thing in between, typically simply goofing off and watching anime and Concord Korine movies. She finally picked up circuit-bending as a pastime and launched me to it, a small transfer that in a really possible way, gave me function and made me understand my knack for electronics and engineering. We’d scour goodwill and ebay for previous electronics and toys such because the communicate and spell and, utilizing a soldering iron and alligator clips in addition to numerous electrical elements to change them into creating loopy noises they have been beforehand incapable of.
She had this capability to utterly tear you aside mentally should you stepped out of no matter arbitrary line she managed to conjure up based mostly on what aspect of the mattress she wakened on that day and in the identical breath, return into telling puns that started with a 20 minute setup, or a prolonged copypasta she learn on 4chan involving King Of The Hill and genital mutilation. We have been very a lot into darkish humor and reveled in all issues bizarre and uncomfortable. I’ve by no means to this present day met somebody as witty and enjoyable but totally terrifying as Remi.
On multiple event, we’d have petty arguments that may escalate into us not speaking for weeks on finish adopted by us resuming as pals out of nowhere as if it had simply by no means occurred. It turned like this choreographed dance that we have been indefinitely concerned in however by no means agreed to be aside of, by no means actually acknowledging nor caring who was objectively proper about something on the finish of the day.
Remi as soon as defined to me that if science was capable of quote “slam two folks’s genes collectively” that ours would create an unstoppable tyrant of an individual who would simply finish every thing just about instantly.
Remi had this uncanny capability to sense and immediately relate to the great in a really various array of individuals. Associates in her circle ranged from classically skilled musicians and STEM majors to crackhead alcoholics and noise artists. The one factor all these folks appeared to have in widespread was a comparatively above common intelligence and robust sense of genuity. Remi was capable of sense the great in individuals who had been deemed social outcasts, and oftentimes appeared to convey out the perfect in these folks whereas round them.
There was an underlying darkish aspect although
Earlier than we even graduated highschool, Remi tried suicide two instances. On high of feeling socially remoted at instances as a consequence of her excessive mind and extreme melancholy, Remi had the worst self picture out of anybody I’ve ever identified and was fairly cussed about it regardless of being by way of a slew of various medicines and therapists all through most of her life and having a big good friend group that actually and unconditionally liked her. This finally spiraled into a particularly ugly case of alcoholism and normal hedonism. Although I had cleaned up my act by this time and was now in faculty for engineering, I used to be unable to speak her out of this life-style, regardless of being by way of it myself.
As time went on, Remi and I ultimately ceased contact and he or she moved to Arvada, Colorado. After dropping out of school (twice) as a consequence of panic assaults induced by the classroom setting and dealing a slew of menial jobs far beneath her mental capability, Remi ended her life in Could of 2018. She was twenty two.
Although we have been solely simply beginning to be on talking phrases once more after a petty argument that escalated into us not speaking for nicely over a 12 months, I used to be floored, actually. I dropped right down to the ground and thru some thick sobs and screaming I might solely articulate the phrase "No"
Although our early friendship definitely didn't appear healthful on the time it was truly occurring, this made me understand simply how harmless we have been as youngsters, simply blaring our guitars as loud as we might making essentially the most obnoxious sounds we might at hookah bars and other people's garages within the numerous bands we began with not a care on the planet. We really felt like rockstars in these little gatherings and every thing simply, made sense. I'll always remember the time we performed to a packed hookah lounge performing as a quasi venue in the course of the day, me being on guitar and her on vocals, with all of the drums and different devices backtracked by way of the PA, simply going apeshit and rolling across the ground screaming our nuts off to this silly heavy blast beat noise we referred to as music. Our songs would normally include 30 second drop A riffage with tune titles equivalent to "Ingesting an excessive amount of handsoap" and "Knee deep in my mother's asshole". We weren't even sufficiently old to legally be outdoors handed 10pm and but, we simply had all of it discovered.
I owe the world to Remi. She is the one who launched me to the world of guitar pedal constructing and circuit bending, which led to me pursuing a level in Electrical Engineering. Previous to this, I assumed I needed to be a coder, but it surely turned out to only not be one thing that was fulfilling to me. By introducing me to the world of taking stuff aside and messing with it till it was one thing utterly completely different, she sparked a curiosity that has but to be put out and my profession prospects have by no means been brighter.
Remi, you fucking pretentious fool. You launched me to Gaza and a plethora of different bands I nonetheless hearken to to this present day. You confirmed me what it means to be real and sincere to your self and to combat and bleed and cry within the identify of excellent artwork. You gave me function. I really like you.
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