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RIP, Clare Armory (February 24, 2011) Excepter

Posted by on February 24, 2011

Clare Armory
1975 – February 24, 2011

Clare Armory was a vocalist and dancer for New York City underground experimental noise merchants, Excepter.   Formed in 2002, the group built a sizable following thanks in part to their noise-riddled improvisational live shows and recordings.  Many fans and critics considered them to be at the top of the Brooklyn noise heap which also included the likes of Animal Collective.  Excepter released several records over the past few years on such labels as the highly regarded experimental Load Records, and Animal Collective’s own Paw Tracks label.  Clare Armory was 35 when she passed away from cancer on February 24, 2011.

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RIP, Milton Babbitt (January 29, 2011) Electronic Music Pioneer

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Milton Babbitt
May 10, 1916 – January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt was an American composer who helped develop the world’s first synthesizer during the 1950s.  Babbitt was just 4 years old when he took up the violin, and within a few years he branched out to the saxophone and clarinet.  He was arranging songs by the time he was 7, and winning songwriting contests by 13.  In college, Babbitt received honors for his studies in both music and mathematics.  After the development of RCA’s Mark II synthesizer, Babbitt devoted his time and energy to making electronic music, often combining synthesizer and conventional instruments.  Milton Babbitt passed away on January 29, 2011.  He was 94.

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RIP, Trish Keenan (January 14, 2011) Lead Singer of UK Electronic Band, Broadcast

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Trish Keenan
DOB Unknown – January 11, 2011

Trish Keenan was the ethereal lead vocalist for popular English space age electronic band, Broadcast.  Often compared to groups like Stereolab, Broadcast and Keenan were however, more influenced by American psychedelic bands of the ’60s.   Formed in the mid ’90s, the band has released several albums, EPs and singles to both critical and fan praise.  In 2010, Matt Groening of The Simpsons and Futurama fame personally selected Broadcast to perform at England’s popular All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival.  Trish Keenan passed away on January 14, 2011 following a two-week bout of pneumonia.  She was 42.

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RIP, Aaron-Carl Ragland (September 30, 2010) Popular Detroit DJ

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Aaron Carl Ragland
1973 – September 30, 2010

Aaron-Carl Ragland was a respected house and electronic producer and DJ who began building a following in Detroit during the mid ’90s.  Ragland was revered for his dynamic showmanship and for bringing the house, electronic and techno communities together.  After several popular releases on respected techno labels like Soul City, he formed his own label, Wallshaker Music.   Ragland recently canceled his European tour when he was hospitalized for abdominal pains and learned he was suffering from lymphoma.   Aaron-Carl Ragland was 37 when he died of the disease on September 30, 2010.

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Died On This Date (July 8, 2009) Dani Baquet-Long / Celer

Posted by on July 8, 2010

Dani Baquet-Long
1983 – July 8, 2008


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Dani Baquet-Long was half of the husband-and-wife ambient duo, Celer. Besides performing and recording with her husband, Will Long, Baquet-Long made worked solo as Chubby Wolf.  According to Long’s post on the pair’s myspace page, he found Baquet-Long unconscious in bed during the morning ours of July 8th.  After paramedics arrived and revived her, she fell into a coma and passed away.  She was 26 years old.

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Died On This Date (June 17, 2009) Ian Loveday aka Eon / British Rave Producer

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Ian Loveday (aka Eon)
September 22, 1954 – June 17, 2009

EonEon was a pioneer in the genres of techno and house music.  His 1992 Void Dweller album is considered one of the best.  He is also known for the rave hit, “Spice” from 1990.  He found his early audiences thanks to airplay on London’s pirate radio stations.  Eon died of complications from pneumonia on June 17, 2009.

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Died On This Date (June 12, 2009) Andy Hughes / Electronic Music Producer

Posted by on June 12, 2010

Andy Hughes
November 11, 1965 – June 12, 2009

andyAndy Huhges was a respected UK music producer who is best remembered for his work with the Orb and Basement Jaxx.  His work on the Orb’s “Toxygene” single helped it reach #4 on the UK charts back in 1997.  He’s also done work on music by the Cranberries and Tangerine Dream.  He died of a short undisclosed illness at the age of 44.

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Died On This Date (April 29, 2010) Walter Sear / Synthesizer Pioneer

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Walter Sear
1930 – April 29, 2010

Walter Sear was a composer, musician, and inventor who is perhaps most celebrated as a pioneer of the music synthesizer.  He began his career in music as a classical tuba player and eventually launched a successful business where he imported and sold tubas from a shop in New York City.  During the early ’60s, he partnered with synthesizer inventor, Robert Moog to help him perfect and market the first commercial synthesizers.  Sear went on to make synth recordings for motion pictures such as Midnight Cowboy.  He also ran his Sear Sound recording studio in New York City for many years. Over the decades, artists like the BeatlesPaul McCartney, Sonic Youth, Steely Dan and Wynton Marsalis called upon Sear to outfit them with vintage synthesizers.  Walter Sear was 79 when he passed away on April 29, 2010.

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Died On This Date (April 24, 2008) Tristram Cary / Electronic Music Pioneer

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Tristram Cary
May 14, 1925 – April 24, 2008

Tristram Cary was a British composer and pioneering electronic musician.  But his greatest contribution to popular music was probably the EMS VCS3 portable synthesizer which he co-designed.  The instrument became very popular with such English electronic and prog acts as Pink Floyd, Brian Eno and Roxy Music.   He also wrote music for British television show, Dr. Who, as well as some British films.

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Died On This Date (January 22, 2009) Charlie Cooper / Telefon Tel Aviv

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Charlie Cooper
April 12, 1977  – January 22, 2009

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Charlie Cooper and Joshua Eustis made up Chicago electronic duo, Telofon Tel Aviv.  Formed in 1999, the group released three albums, the last of which, Immolate Yourself, reached #17 on the Billboard Electronic Music chart.  On January 22, 2009, Charlie Cooper, age 31, died of what is believed to have been an accidental overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol.

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