zyn and the art of software maintenance

The founder of the Yoshimi project:
Alan Ernest Calvert (1950 - 2011)

Cal Lived in Australia and married his childhood sweetheart, but sadly she died when their only child was still a toddler. He brought her up single-handed - never remarried, and according to his daughter, never even looked at another woman.

When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nobody thought he'd survive long enough to see his first grandson born. To everyone's astonishment, he actually fought it off for FIVE years, so not only saw, but got to know both of the boys.

Through all this, he never lost his sense of humour. This is evident in the old README file (preserved in /doc/History) and some of his Yoshimi list entries. For a long time on his website, there was a picture of his daughter and the boys, simply titled: "Three reasons to be cheerful".

Survival rate for this cancer is very low - life expectancy usually less than 6 months. However, it wasn't this that killed him, but in his weakened state he developed another type of cancer.

Those who knew Cal miss him greatly. One of his legacies is a whole lot of our wonderful software synthesizer, which he called Yoshimi.

His original home page, with links adjusted, can be viewed here.

Project Links
Yoshimi's home
Project summary
User mailing list - the place for questions, help, ...

People and places of interest ...
Jonathan E. Brickman
Will J Godfrey

On the name Yoshimi...

The music of The Flaming Lips long held a special place in the lives of Cal and his family. As Yoshimi (the synth) evolved and needed a name, the lyrics of The Flaming Lips' song Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots came strongly to mind. Yoshimi it was to be.