Reports: Steve Albini Has Died

A producer who re-shaped guitar music...

Acclaimed producer and musician Steve Albini has died, it has been reported.

Details from America are just coming in, with Consequence of Sound breaking the news. According to the online title, Steve Albini died of a heart attack today (May 8th). He was 61 years old.

According to Consequence of Sound, the news was confirmed by a staff member at his recording studio, Electric Audio in Chicago.

Steve Albini helped to re-shaped guitar music, both as a producer and a performer. His work with Big Black acted as a conduit between post-hardcore, punk, and industrial music, while his credits as a producer ranged from PIXIES to Nirvana and beyond.

Citing microphone placement as a key factor in his production style, Steve Albini’s naturalistic, unadorned song was much-replicated, but never bettered. Someone with an incredible pair of ears, his work with Nina Anastasia, say, proved he could excel in an acoustic environment, just as he could with a shuddering indie rock band.

Once a provocateur – he controversially named one group Rapeman after a Japanese comic – Steve Albini used social media to roll back some of those instincts, both apologising and explaining while seeking to better himself, and prompt conversations with different voices.

Latterly, he was a successful poker player. Working to the last, his latest album with long-running group Shellac is slated to land in just a few weeks.

This story is developing and will be added to.

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