Steve Albini, iconoclastic rock musician and engineer, dies at 61

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- Steve Albini, iconoclastic rock musician and engineer, dies at 61

Steve Albini in his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago in 2023.

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Steve Albini, famend for many years as a particular underground musician and recording engineer, died Tuesday night time of a coronary heart assault. Workers at his Chicago recording studio, Electrical Audio, confirmed information of his demise with NPR. Albini was 61 years previous.

As a performer, he fronted Shellac and Massive Black, two indie-rock bands that pushed punk and noise previous absurd and abrasive limits. Albini famously didn’t wish to be known as a “producer,” however he labored on — by his personal estimate — “a pair thousand” albums as a recording engineer, together with classics just like the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, Nirvana’s In Utero and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me.

Shellac’s sixth studio album, To All Trains, is ready to be launched Might 17.

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