A man named Don Waugh, friend of a CDM reader, is facing some serious challenges. He’s just lost his wife, and faces severe, possibly life-threatening health problems. There’s a campaign underway to get him a liver transplant. But Don doesn’t only want to fight for his health: he wants to make music, too. While significantly hearing impaired (or even arguably mostly deaf), he wants to make some of the industrial music he loves.

Chris G aka Metrosonus, Don’s friend, tells CDM he’s working on getting a gear drive together. What’s going unused in your closet could well prove something really meaningful to Don. I expect we might be able to wrangle some of the expertise here, not just the material stuff, to help get Don producing. Since I don’t know Mr. Waugh, I’ll simply post the details from Chris on the Harmony Central forum below and let you ask questions to him. But it sounds like a great idea – and, more generally, it’d be great to get unused and otherwise wasted gear and experience to people who need it everywhere.

Incidentally, about that liver transplant – check out the National Transplant Assistance Fund.

From the Harmony Central forum:

This is my friend Don.


He is deaf along with having an autoimmune disorder (whose wife just died of it this year) who is also facing a liver transplant and is also living off of social security. He’s the strong and silent type, to the point where he’s a pain in the ass because he won’t let anyone help him.

Anyway, he loves industrial music and has always wanted to toy around with writing some. He pitched the idea about buying ableton live on his livejournal.com account today and I thought you know, someone out there has to have a live lite they never registered that came with one of their controllers or something.

I know he has a computer so here’s what im asking.. if you guys have any gear laying around that you don’t use, please consider giving it to this guy a christmas gift. it doesn’t have to be anything great either..

That old 25 key controller you won’t bother to sell because you won’t get much for it.

A lame behringer audio interface that came with a something something..

Softsynths that you no longer use.


Especially live lite if you have it.

It would go to a good cause. Seriously. Please consider it.

I would love to kick down this guys door with a pile of gear.

If you have anything you’d like to donate, please post here or contact me via PM.


** edit.

I just wanted to add since it’s been asked, how he can like music if he’s deaf. Deaf people usually aren’t 100% deaf. I guess, politically speaking, that makes him hearing impaired. He has hearing aids and I’ve been able to carry on normal conversations with him face to face. It’s also true, generally speaking, that hearing impaired people tend to like dance and music with heavy bass to it because they can hear as well as feel the vibrations. This is especially true in his case and why I have such a personal interest in this.

Thanks, Chris.