With great sadness, I must tell you that I that Chris Capel, the creator of Chris’s Dynamic Compressor plugin for Audacity, died near the middle of April, 2011.
Chris’s blog posts frequently conveyed a spirit of depression, between mathematics, puzzles, and programming. His last blog post was on April 11, 2011. In that most recent post, Chris’s dad commented on April 20, 2011:
I don’t know if anyone follows Chris’s blog in it’s entirety. It was one of the ways I tried to keep touch with how Chris’s life was going. If you have read it, you know that Chris struggled with life.
Chris’s agony with living has ended. Sad does not begin to describe the emotion I feel.
I hope you have peace now son.
I had several times requested to interview Chris on The Audacity to Podcast™. I respected Chris’s work and losing him means losing more than a great programer—it means the end of a life that was worth cherishing.
UPDATE: I’ve been in touch with Chris’s dad Chuck and working to host Chris’s Dynamic Compressor in memory of him.