It is with great sadness that I report the news that my friend, fellow xenharmonicist, composer, prolific instrument builder, author and film composer Buzz Kimball unexpectedly passed away at home on Friday, April 2, 2010 at the age of 54. Buzz had had a physical in January and had no problems, the death was of unspecified natural causes.
Buzz is survived by his father Warren F. Kimball Jr., his stepmother Margaret C. Kimball; and his three sisters and their families: Joan and Richard Miller of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Lynda Kimball and Greg McLeod of Contoocook, Gayle Kimball and Paul Silberman of Webster, Christy and Kirk Putt of Downingtown, Pa., Ryan and Rachel Miller of Indiatlantic, Fla.; and three great-nephews, Max, Sam and Charlie.
Buzz was a good friend of Ivor Darreg, member of the original Xenharmonic Alliance and has remained in close contact over the years with many xenharmonicists providing advice, mentoring, and friendship.
In recent years Buzz scored the sound tracks to several films, including A Peace of the Anarchy, an inspiring and eye opening documentary about christian anarchist/pacifist Ammon Hennacy, W The Movie, a surrealist political film about the former president, and Wannabe, a minimalist short horror film.
I will miss Buzz a lot. We talked about social justice, microtonality, farming, and life in general. He was a really good guy.
— X. J. Scott, April 2010